Amend laws to implement SLHRC recommendations – parties request

Amend laws to implement SLHRC recommendations – parties request

Written by Bella Dalima

10 Jan, 2014 | 8:27 pm

Various parties have reiterated the importance of amending laws to ensure that relevant parties are compelled to implement recommendations made by the Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission.

Sri Lanka Human rights Commissioner Dr. Prathiba Mahanamahewa says that the relevant amendments have already been proposed. In recent times, lodging complaints with the Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission has become a growing trend in the country.

Representatives of the Public Service Management Assistant Officers’ Association came before the SLHRC on Friday claiming that the new service constitution violates their rights. The Collective of Teachers’ and Principals’ Trade Unions, made clarifications before the Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission today on the limiting of opportunities available to students who pass the Grade Five Scholarship Examination, to gain admission to 36 popular schools.

General Secretary of Ceylon Teachers’ Union, Joseph Stalin said; “They have had classrooms of more than 45 students from Grade two to Grade five at the popular schools. They say that that they would increase the number of classrooms in Grade 6, they have actually limited the classrooms to 45 students. Through this they have set it up so that the number of students enrolled will be reduced. This is a major crime. The Human Rights Commission has decided to pay special attention to this.”

Complaints have been lodged with the Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission in the recent past, with regard to a number of issues including the amending of the beneficiary age of the farmers pension scheme, the discovery of the mass grave in Matale and the Rathupaswala water crisis.

According to the SLHRC, it received 7,765 complaints in 2013. 1439 of these complaints were ones for which inquiries had not concluded by the end of 2012.

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