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  • 12 Feb 2014
    Scaling up efforts to strengthen enforcement of law, access to justice and social integration

    On February 12, 2014, UNDP in Sri Lanka launched its new flagship programme, Strengthening Enforcement of Law, Access to Justice and Social Integration (SELAJSI), in the presence of Mr. Haoliang Xu, he visiting United Nations Assistant Secretary-General, Chair, United Nations Development Group Asia-Pacific and UNDP Assistant Administrator & Director, Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific.

  • 12 Feb 2014
    Welcome address by Mr. Subinay Nandy at the launch of SELAJSI

    It is indeed my pleasure to extend a very warm welcome to all of you on the occasion of the formal launch of the UNDP-supported “Strengthening Enforcement of Law, Access to Justice and Social Integration” Programme, which is being implemented in close partnership with the Government of Sri Lanka.

  • 12 Feb 2014
    Keynote address by Mr. Haoliang Xu during the launch of SELAJSI

    Hon. Ministers and Deputy Minister(s); Ambassadors, High Commissioners and members of the Diplomatic Corps; Secretaries and Senior Government Officials; members of partner organizations; colleagues from the UN System; ladies and gentlemen; It is indeed an honour and a privilege for me to be present at the official launch of UNDP’s new flagship Strengthening Enforcement of Law, Access to Justice and Social Integration (SELAJSI) Programme, and to make the key note address.

  • 07 Oct 2013
    Asian women receive international Peace Awards for their work building peace

    Thavachsri Charles Vijayaratnam’s from Sri Lanka has been named as a recipient of the 2013 N Peace Award for her unceasing efforts to improve the lives of rural communities. She will be among 6 other staunch women’s rights activist who will receive the 2013 N-Peace Awards, a prestigious prize which recognizes the leadership role of women and peace advocates from six conflict-affected countries in Asia.

  • 12 Sep 2013
    New Eastern Provincial Office of the Department of Registration of Persons opens

    Marking a key milestone, the Eastern Provincial Office of the Department of Registration of Persons was ceremoniously opened on September 10, 2013 by Mrs. Malkanthi Wickramasinghe, Secretary, Ministry of National Languages and Social Integration and Mr. J. A. Ranjith, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Defence, in the presence of Mr. R. M. S. Sarath Kumara, Commissioner General of the Department for Registration of Persons.

  • 05 Sep 2013
    New programme on ‘Strengthening Enforcement of Law, Access to Justice and Social Integration in Sri Lanka’ comes into operation

    UNDP, in partnership with four Ministries of the Government of Sri Lanka, has initiated a new Programme, “Strengthening Enforcement of Law, Access to Justice and Social Integration in Sri Lanka (SELAJSI)”. The new Programme builds on the support provided by UNDP over the past eight years through its Access to Justice Projects that contributed to increasing the awareness of local communities about their rights and the legal and judicial mechanisms to protect them.

  • 22 Apr 2013
    Supporting the establishment of the first regional office of the Department of Registration of Persons

    Marking a key milestone, the office of the Department of Registration of Persons declared open its first regional office on April 22, 2013 at the Vavuniya Kachcheri Complex, built with the support of UNDP’s Equal Access to Justice Project and funded by UNHCR.

  • 04 Mar 2013
    The second phase of the Course for Community Catalysts’ concludes

    The second phase of the Course for Community Catalysts’ in the districts of Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu concluded with the awarding of certificates to the 124 participants, on 9 February 2013, at Hotel Sudu Araliya in Pollonnaruwa.

  • 28 Jan 2013
    UNDP and UNHCR handover fifteen motorbikes to the Human Rights Commission

    UNDP and UNHCR handed over fifteen motorbikes to the Human Rights Commission (HRC) on Monday to facilitate the work of their staff, at the central and regional level, to address human rights concerns including regular monitoring visits and investigation of complaints.

  • 11 Jan 2013
    New initiative to strengthen Sri Lanka’s Criminal Justice system

    UNDP’s Equal Access to Justice Project, implemented by the Ministry of National Languages and Social Integration, launched a new initiative on Thursday 10 January aimed at strengthening the Rule of Law in Sri Lanka by enhancing the efficacy of the criminal justice system.

  • 15 Oct 2012
    Discussion with the Women’s Parliamentary Caucus on Women, Peace and Security

    On the morning of Friday 21 September, 8 Members of Parliament from the Women’s Parliamentary Caucus and several of their colleagues from Parliament joined UNDP and several civil society partners for a half day session to explore issues and ideas related to women, peace and security.

  • 20 Mar 2012
    Handbook and Trainings for Grama Nilhadaris on Legal and Administrative Procedures

    On 21/09/11, the UNDP Equal Access to Justice Project celebrated the launch of one of its most important publications of the year, a manual to be used by Grama Niladharis (GNs) across the island to build their knowledge on the many laws and procedures that govern their day to day activities.

  • 14 Feb 2012
    Launch of “Pre-trial Detention in Sri Lanka” highlights need to reform country’s bail system and uphold the right to a speedy trial

    A new publication, “Pre-trial Detention in Sri Lanka: Reforming the System of Bail and Upholding the Right to Speedy Trial,” aims to draw attention to the concerns of remand prisoners in custody for long periods of time without bail.

  • 08 Nov 2011
    Improving skills of Community Based Organizations

    Improving the skills and capacities of Community Based Organizations (CBOs) is crucial to ensure better service delivery and stronger community participation in the development process. Further, it is also essential to strengthen the networking capabilities of these CBO’s with Government institutions such as the District Secretariat and Divisional Secretariat to achieve them.

  • 05 Aug 2011
    Training programmes for Grama Niladharis in Batticaloa

    Providing improved services to the public and responding to their needs in an efficient manner are vital for further development of the country, and have been top priorities of both the Government and the UNDP. Strong public-service delivery systems and mechanisms will help meet this end.

  • 03 Aug 2011
    LoGoPro supports the construction of a playground in Poompugaar

    The Local Governance Project (LoGoPro) of UNDP, funded by the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery, recently supported the construction of a playground in Poompugaar, in the Trincomalee District. The playground was declared open on July 2, 2011.

  • 03 Aug 2011
    Drawing authorities closer to the people in Mullipothanai

    The streets of Mullipothanai, in the Trincomalee District, are usually crowded on Thursdays, with both the young and old making the best of the weekly fair, organized by the Tambalagamam Pradeshiya Sabha. With about 170 to 180 vendors displaying a variety of items, the weekly fairs draw close to 4,000 villagers every time they are held.

  • 13 Jun 2011
    Donor Visit to Vavuniya

    Officials from the Embassy of Japan visited Vavuniya District on May 4 and 5, 2011, to ascertain the progress of the ‘Integrated Programme for Empowering Conflict Affected Communities to Rebuild Their Lives in North and East of Sri Lanka’. The project is implemented by the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security (HSTF) through UNDP, ILO and UNICEF.

  • 01 Jun 2011
    Newly refurbished special ward for female inmates in Kalutara Prison opened

    The newly refurbished special ward for female inmates imprisoned with children under five years, at the Kalutara Prison, built with financial assistance from the UNDP Equal Access to Justice Project, was officially opened on May 16, 2011.

  • 05 May 2011
    UNDP, with support from the Government of Germany, to strengthen access to justice mechanisms for the most vulnerable and marginalized

    Disadvantaged communities across the world, often find it difficult to access justice redress mechanisms for a number of reasons. Lack of awareness and access on the part of the claimant and insufficient capacity on the part of service-providers, are often reasons which lead to a breakdown of trust in the justice system.