Sunday, 05 July 2015 15:31

Strengthening Survivors of Torture

Incidents of torture are widespread and recurrent in Sri Lanka despite there being constitutional protection against it and the adoption of the International Convention against Torture. The Government of Sri Lanka’s Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) report contains key provisions related to combatting torture at all levels. However, these provisions are yet to be implemented in Police stations and Army camps around the country.

NPC commenced work on a EU-funded project to strengthen survivors of torture by promoting accountability and preventing torture. Asian Justice and Rights (AJAR), an NGO based in Indonesia, selected NPC to be its partner in Sri Lanka, together with partners in Myanmar, Aceh and Timor-Leste. NPC is implementing the two year project with selected local partners who specialise in the field of supporting torture victims.

The project’s target groups include torture survivors and their families, civil society, religious-based groups, government officials and decision-makers in the security sector. The specific objectives include increasing capacities of torture survivors and their organizations to initiate and implement sustainable self-care, raising awareness and understanding among civil society with regard to victims’ rights and enhancing commitment to accountability and prevention of torture among key government agencies, human rights bodies and security sector institutions.

Among the key activities are regional trainings on international and domestic laws on torture, advocacy and rehabilitation; healing of memories training of trainers; exchange visits by survivors’ groups; documentation, community-based support and advocacy; facilitation of legal aid; participatory action research to develop referrals and advocacy for reparations; a public information campaign, and a regional seminar on lessons learned from Asia on accountability, prevention, and rehabilitation.

NPC’s partners for the project are Human Rights Office Kandy, Citizen Committee Gampaha District, Center for Protection and Promotion of Human Rights (CPPHR) Trincomalee and Child Development Initiative (CDI) Vavuniya. 

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