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The National Action Plan for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights (2017-2021)

I.Background

The current National Action Plan for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights (NHRAP) (2011-2016) expires at the end of this year. The Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) is preparing a new NHRAP for the next five years (2017-2021) to fulfill its obligation to protect and promote human rights in Sri Lanka.

For this purpose, an ‘Inter-Ministerial Committee on Human Rights’ was appointed on 10th May 2016 by Cabinet Paper No. 16/0836/710/016 to prepare the said NHRAP.

The Inter-Ministerial Committee is co-chaired by the Ministers of the following ministries:

  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
  • Ministry of Skills Development and Vocational Training;
  • Ministry of Justice; and
  • Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade.

The Inter-Ministerial Committee will play a substantive role in providing guidance and direction to the overarching concerns that should be addressed by the new NHRAP. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will serve as the Lead Ministry and Secretariat in this regard.

II.The Process

The NHRAP will be formulated in accordance with the following guiding principles:


  • Importance of the process;
  • Commitment to universal human rights standards;
  • Implementation of international obligations;
  • Interdependence and indivisibility of human rights;
  • Action orientation;
  • Public participation;
  • Monitoring and evaluation;
  • A continuing process;
  • A national undertaking;
  • The international dimension.


The following Committees were appointed for the purpose of overseeing and drafting the NHRAP.

1.The Steering Committee on Human Rights comprising representatives of key government institutions and line ministries.
2.Two coordinating Committees comprising key government actors and civil society representatives including those nominated by the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka.
3.Drafting Committees on the following thematic areas:
  1. Civil and Political Rights
  2. Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
  3. Prevention of Torture
  4. Rights of Women
  5. Labour Rights
  6. Rights of Migrant Workers
  7. Rights of Children
  8. Rights of Internally Displaced Persons
  9. Rights of Persons with Disabilities
  10. Environmental Rights

III.Public Participation

The Inter Ministerial Committee hereby calls on members of the public including organizations and groups to submit observations identifying the issues that ought to be addressed by the NHRAP and the goals and action points that ought to be included in the NHRAP under each of the abovementioned thematic areas.

For example:

THEMATIC AREA: CIVIL AND POLITICAL RIGHTS

GOAL

OBJECTIVE

ACTIVITY

RELEVANT AGENCY

(Optional)

COMPLETION TARGET DATE

(Optional)

PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

(Optional)



The following criteria ought to be borne in mind when suggesting action points:


1.Feasibility

  • Actionable within 5 years. It is important that each action point included in the 5-year NHRAP is reasonably capable of being implemented within a 5-year period.
  • Each action point must be specific and clear.
  • Each action point must specify a timeframe within which action should be taken.

2.Measurability

  • Achievement must be capable of being measured objectively. It is important to set out each action point precisely, so that its implementation can be measured without difficulty.
  • If available, provide disaggregated data and suggest qualitative and quantitative indicators to measure outcomes.
  • Each action point must recognize a government agency responsible for its overall implementation.

3.Relevance

  • Each action point should be relevant to (1) government priorities; (2) recommendations of domestic and international expert bodies (e.g. the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka, international treaty bodies, the UN Human Rights Council); and (3) important human rights issues identified by civil society, the media, academia.

4.Interdependence and indivisibility of human rights

  • Each action point should contribute towards a comprehensive approach to human rights, which flows from the concept of universality, indivisibility and interdependence of human rights.
  • Each action point must be considered not only from its individual standpoint but also according to its linkages with other rights.

Please include the following information when conveying observations:

  1. Name of Person or Organization:
  2. Brief Description of the Organization (if relevant):
  3. Address (Optional):
  4. Contact name and number (Optional):

The observations should reach the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the following address.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

c/o Senior Director General/ Multilateral Treaties

Republic Building

Colombo 1

Contact Number: 0112325371-5

Email address: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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