Lankapage Logo Recent Top Stories
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka seeks more powers to be effective
Tue, Dec 17, 2013, 11:08 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 17, Colombo: The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka has requested President Mahinda Rajapaksa to grant the body more powers to deal with human rights related issues in the country.

The Commission has reportedly written to President Mahinda Rajapaksa requesting for amendments to the Human Rights Act No. 21 of 1996 to grant more powers to the Commission.

Human Rights Commissioner Dr. Prathiba Mahanamahewa told the media that the Commission has sought the President to enable the Commission to take matters before the High Court if recommendations made by the Human Rights Commission have not been implemented within the stipulated time frame.

He said that the Commission has written to the President about the amendments to the legislation required to conduct more effective work.

Among the other amendments to the Human Rights Commission sought by the Commission are, powers to conduct national inquiries on specific matters, issue warrants to state officials who do not appear for inquiries, powers to issue regulations where any document could be recalled, and the right to investigate persons or institutions during which period the person or the institution could not be investigated in parallel and simultaneously while the Human Rights Commission inquiry was on.

ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories
Sri Lankan President offers condolences to South Korean counterpart on ferry tragedy
-- [5 hours ago]
Former Maldivian President Abdul Gayoom visits Sri Lanka
-- [5 hours ago]
Sri Lanka police obtain 40 Interpol red notices on suspected LTTE operatives
-- [6 hours ago]
Sri Lanka opposition MPs attacked at new airport in South
-- [7 hours ago]
Sri Lankan health authorities warn people not to purchase medicine through the internet
-- [7 hours ago]
Sri Lankan public asked to be vigilant on suspicious terrorist activities
Lot can be learnt from Sri Lanka's experience with non-state actors - Defense secretary
US is looking to resume a 'more comprehensive' military relationship with Sri Lanka
Apex court in India rejects plea to probe Indian army's involvement in Sri Lanka war
Sri Lankan Chief Prelate threatens to launch protest over government failure to amend land laws

Copyright © 2000, 2014 by (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.