The Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI) has accredited Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) ‘A’ status in May 2018, the HRCSL has announced on Wednesday.
The GANHRI accredits ‘A’ status to member National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) which are in full compliance with the United Nations Paris Principles of 1993, which provide the international benchmarks against which NHRIs can be accredited.
In a statement Dr. N. Deepika Udagama, the Chairperson of the HRCSL said, “The upgrading of HRCSL within just two and a half years of its appointment is not only an institutional achievement, but is certainly a victory for the people of Sri Lanka who demanded the establishment of independent commissions through the adoption of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. The Commission is inspired to work harder for the protection of human rights of all in Sri Lanka.”
Of the 120 NHRIs reviewed in January 2018, only 77 were granted “A” status. Sri Lanka, India and Nepal are the only countries in South Asia to have “A” grade NHRIs. Only 15 countries in Asia-Pacific have NHRIs with “A” status, the statement pointed out.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka congratulating the HRCSL said the Government will continue to support the important and challenging mandate of the Commission in safeguarding, promoting and protecting the human rights of all citizens, reported Colombo Page.