THE Women's Rights Desk Lawyers of the Legal Aid Commission (LAC) on
November 25 following a two year old practice, launched the 'White
Ribbon Campaign' by affixing the first 'White Ribbon' on First Lady
Thus commences the 16 day programme to promote 'elimination of
violence against women' which started with the murder of the Mirable
Sisters in the Dominican Republic on the orders of Dictator Trujillo in
In a recent in-depth UN Report 'violence against women is described
as the worst human rights violation that humankind is facing presently
which permeates the entire world'.
The LAC will carry the message to 'eliminate violence against women'
in this country through its 32 regional centers from Jaffna to
Hambantota by providing legal protection to victims of violence and
creating public and school awareness programmes until Human Rights Day
on 10th December.
Another special event that the LAC would commemorate in this period
of 16 days would be December 6, 1989, the 'Montreal Massacre' where 14
girl undergraduates were killed by Misogynist Marc Lepine.
The Montreal Massacre is considered as the 'ultimate example of male
violence against women'. Marc Lepine born Gamil Gharbi in 1964 entered
the portals of Ecole Polytechnic in Montreal on December 6,segregated
the women students and shot 14 of them to death and injured 13 others
and shot himself.
In 2005 the Legal Aid Commission commemorated the tragic death of
these women who were killed only for the reason of being women by
offering merits in their name at the Sambhodi Vihara at Gregory's Road,
On December 6, 2006 a similar religious ceremony will be held in the
morning at Sambhodi Vihara to commemorate all women in the world who
were killed because they were women.
International Day of Disabled Persons - December 3
THE International Day of Disabled Persons is celebrated on the 3rd of
December every year. The world invites us to promote awareness of
disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and
well-being of persons with disabilities.
It also supports to increase awareness of gains to be derived from
the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of
political, social, economic and cultural life.
The theme of the Day of this year is "E-Accessibility. It is based on
the goal to full and equal enjoyment of human rights and participation
in society by persons with disabilities, established by the World
Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons, adopted by the General
Assembly in 1982.
Sri Lanka is still a developing country. Most of the disabled are not
aware of their rights as disabled persons. Sri Lanka is far behind the
developed countries in protecting disabled persons.
Before we think about the world theme of "E-Accessibility, we have to
address our mind as to how we could reach that point.
The Constitution is the Supreme Law in Sri Lanka. Article 12 states
that all persons are equal before the law and are entitled to equal
protection of the law. It is the duty of the State to provide the
necessary steps to implement international norms and standards related
to persons with disabilities.
In Sri Lanka the 'Protection of the Rights of Persons with
Disabilities Ac No. 28 of 1996 covers the rights of the person with
disabilities. A person with a disability is defined in Section 37
(interpretation section) of the afore said Act.
"Person with disability means any person who, as a result of any
deficiency in his physical or mental capabilities, whether congenital or
not, is unable by himself to ensure for himself, wholly or partly the
necessities of life".
The protection of the person with disabilities is vested with the
National Council for Persons with Disabilities appointed by the
President under the provisions of the above Act. Sections 23 and 24 of
the Act defines the remedial action of violation of the disabled
According to the Act upon the violation of the disabled persons
rights, the person himself or via the National Council for disabled
persons could make a request with a petition and the affidavit to the
High Court in their resident area.
The relevant High Court Judge has powers to grant such relief or make
such direction just and equitable in the circumstances in respect of
such application referred to such a High Court.
To mark this Day, the Legal Aid Commission Disabled Persons Desk with
its 32 regional centers island wide will conduct a number of programs to
promote awareness among he community regarding disabled rights and
A special programme has been arranged by the LAC Disabled Desk at the
Mahawewa Deaf and Blind School and Home on December 7 from 9 a.m. to 1
A major focus of the day is practical action to further implement
international norms and standards concerning persons with disabilities
and to further their participation in social life and development on the
basis of equality.
The media too has a responsibility to contribute to this great effort
and give its utmost support to observe this day annually throughout the
Legal Aid Commission Centers in Sri Lanka
No Centre Officer-in-Charge Address/T.P.
01. LAC Headquarters Justice Hector Yapa Legal Aid Commission
Rtd Judge of the Supreme Court No. 129, Hulftsdorp,
Director General High Court Complex,
02. Tsunami Regional Centre Ms. M.S.M.M. Piyumi Kumari 211, Superior Court,
A.A.L/Coordinator Complex, Hulftsdorp,
Colombo 12, 034-5628860
03. Welikada Prison Ms. Thushari Karunasinghe Welikada Prison
A.A.L/Coordinator Welikada. 5335329
New Centres Established by LAC in 2006
04. Bandarawela Ms. Anoma Atalugama Court Complex,
A.A.L/Legal Officer Bandarawela.
05. Matale Mr. Jaliya Goonaratne Court Complex,
A.A.L/Legal Officer Matale. 071-4447151
06. Avissawella Ms. Hiranthi Liyanage Court Complex,
A.A.L/Legal Officer Avissawella. 060-2362219
07. Ratnapura Ms. R.M.I.R. Rajapaksha Court Complex,
A.A.L/Director Ratnapura. 045-2226899
08. Negombo Swarna Perera, Court Complex,
A.A.L/Hony. Director Negombo. 031-2222221
09. Kalutara Ms. Pavithra Sanjeevani Court Complex,
Coordinator/Legal Officer Kalutara. 091-5624693
10. Gampaha Mr. Vas Gunawardena No. 12, Sanasa Complex,
11. Polonnaruwa Mr. Deva Kularathna Court Complex,
12. Anuradhapura Mr. D.P.B. Mahadiulwewa Court Complex,
A.A.L/Regional Director Anuradhapura
13. Kandy Mr. U.R.N. Ranatunga N ew Court Complex,
A.A.L/Regional Director Gatambe, Peradeniya
14. Kurunegala Mr. D.V. Seneviratne Court Complex,
A.A.L/Regional Director Kurunegala
15. Galle Mr. W.K. Samarapala Court Complex,
A.A.L. Fort, Galle
16. Hambantota Ms. Lakshmi Wijenayaka Court Complex
A.A.L/Legal Officer Hambantota
17. Nuwara Eliya Ms. Thamara Damayanthi Court Complex,
A.A.L/Legal Officer Nuwara Eliya
18. Monaragala Ms. Shanthi Jayasinghe Court Complex,
A.A.L/Legal Officer Monaragala
19. Ampara Ms. Chanchala Dhanushi Court Complex,
A.A.L/Legal Officer Ampara.
20. Kegalle Ms. S. Senanayaka Court Complex,
A.A.L/Legal Officer Kegalle
21. Chilaw Mr. Pradeep Shanthapriya Court Complex,
A.A.L/Legal Officer Chilaw
22. Akkaraipattu Mr. A.C. Rizwan District Court Complex,
A.A.L/ Coordinator Akkaraipattu
23. Balapitiya Mr. Sanjaya Wijesinghe No. 618, Walagedara
24. Matara Ms. Rajika Prasadini No. 38, Lawyers Complex,
A.A.L/Coordinator Fort, Matara.
25. Vavuniya Mr. M. Sittampalam Court Complex,
26. Trincomalee Mr. R. Thirukumaranathan Court Complex,
A.A.L/Legal Officer Trincomalee
27. Kalmunai Mr. M.S. Kariapper Court Complex,
28. Jaffna Ms. Shantha Abhimanasingham District Court Complex,
29. Batticaloa Mr. K. Kandasamy No. 29, Nalliya Road
30. Panadura Kalhari Dissanayaka 96, Srimaha Vihara Road
A.A.L/Legal Officer Panadura
31. Kuliyapitiya J.M. Gunathilake Court Complex,
A.A.L/Hony. Director Kuliyapitiya
32. Mahawa Legal Officer Court Complex
33. Mahiyangana W.M.T.D. Bandara, Court Complex
Legal Officer Mahiyangana