The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) has developed guidelines for state authorities on the protection of human Rights Defenders (“Guidelines for Protecting Human Rights Defenders”). A draft of the document was initially presented to the Civil Society Committee on 20 January 2015. The HRCLS stated that “The Protection of human rights defenders is a corporate responsibility of the state, civil society and the international community… However, state authorities have a primary responsibility to protect human rights defenders and ensure an environment where they can operate free from any hindrance and insecurity”.
Although it was a positive development, the actual Guidelines and related news are not published in the HRCSL website any more* , and there are no further references to these Guidelines in subsequent annual reports of the HRCSL.
These duties included**, among others, the obligation to:
** Extracted from the originally published document