Promote Community Engagement in Transitional Justice
Considering the prevailing issues and the post conflict political scenario of the country, ISD strategized to address the issues by driving the community to actively engage in Transitional Justice process and to use the currently available avenues to demand basic right and development needs. As the first step, the members of the hill country Tamil civil society will be empowered on new political situation and the existing institutions to ensure rights which can be enjoy under the local government (Pradesiya Sabha) and divisional secretariat’s role. This awareness will be conducted for the selected Pradesiya Sabha areas in the Kandy & Matale district which are neglected by the government. The resident of the selected estates will be encouraged to form rural development and women rural development societies. Once RDS & WRDS were formed then automatically the community will make linkages with the divisional secretariat and local government institution thus obtains the services. Simultaneously the civil society of the wider section will be enlighten on Transitional Justice(TJ) and the imperative role of active engagement to raise the issue of the hill country community who live in North and South.
The key leaders of the civil society organizations such trade union, peasant societies, youth clubs, women’s organizations will be capacitate on TJ and the fundamental issues of the community in order to make representations and submission to the commissions and the policy makers.
To achieve this, the ISD will implement the following;
I. Capacitate the plantation community on the role of governance, RDS and WRDS.
2. Capacitate the community members on transitional justice and vital issues of the community.
Strengthen the citizenry leadership among the plantation community by emphasizing the women's leadership.
The main objective of the program is the inclusion of the plantation community under the agenda of the local government programs. During the past 3 years, the ISD was engaged in promoting Community based Organizations; in other words; CBOs and WCBOs in Central & Uva provinces in Sri Lanka while lobbying to bring legal changes to the local government Act, which deprives the Tamil minority plantation community from enjoying development and political rights.
Community based organizations are formed and built their capacities and knowledge on democracy, governance, and the roles of local government institutions and Divisional Secretariats thereby intend to obtain services provided by the government and upgrade the living standards of the estate community. Under this project, CBOs & WCBOs are strengthened to actively engage in community development activities such as infrastructural development and welfare of the community.
UTZ Tea Certification in Sri Lanka
Promoting Decent Labour Standards in the Sri Lankan Tea Sector through UTZ certification