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HRCSL establishes unit to investigate rights violations ahead of elections

The Human Rights Commission Of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) announced the establishment of a new unit “to investigate allegations of Human Rights violations by government officials in the context of the 2020 Parliamentary Election”.

The announcement was made this week, as Sri Lanka gears up for parliamentary elections next month.

The commission was initially set up in 1996 with the aim of fostering a culture of human rights in Sri Lanka.

However, it has come under criticism throughout the decades for failing to adequately investigate rights violations committed by the state against the Tamil people. For example, in 2009 the commission failed to report the number of Tamil civilians left in IDP camps despite several credible figures produced by international organisations.

See more from HRCSL here.

 

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