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Saturday, 20 October 2018 03:58

Accountability Through Community Engagement and Initiatives for Transition (ACE-IT)

The Accountability Through Community Engagement and Initiatives for Transition (ACE–IT) Project supported by the European Union (EU) began in February 2018 and has three objectives: to mobilise civil society to utilise available mechanisms, new and existing, to hold the state accountable and vindicate the victim rights; to have orient targeted state institutions and actors in ethos for change; and to advocate for continued state action on accountability.

The project is being implemented in 11 districts of Gampaha, Galle, Matara, Hambantota, Moneragala, Badulla, Nuwara Eliya, Jaffna, Mannar, Batticaloa and Trincomalee over 30 months in partnership with Right to Life Human Rights Centre.

The focus during the first half of the project was setting up the Human Rights First Aid Centres in the 11 districts in order to provide a new mechanism for the public to access at a time of a human rights violation. There are training programmes for two teams called “accompaniers” and “befrienders” to support victims and survivors and to work at the centres.

There are also training programmes on leadership and good governance for marginalised groups, meetings for community leaders, small group meetings with key policymakers at regional and national levels and training on trauma counselling for women police constables at women desks in police stations.

A newspaper will be issued bi-monthly capturing accountability related issues excluded from mainstream coverage. There will be video and photo documentaries and one publication of success stories towards the end of the project.

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