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Protecting Whistleblowers

We will establish a proactive program of victims and witness protection

Country: Sri Lanka

Status: ongoing

Themes: Whistleblower/civil society space protection

Last updated: December 2020


Concrete: Other | New: Other | Ambitious: Other

  • 3 Evidence:

    Link to Budget

    Link to the Assistance to and Protection of Victims of Crime and Witnesses Protection Act

    More Information on the TI Sri Lanka Pledge tracker

  • 4 Notes:

    The National Authority for the Protection of Victims and Witnesses are awaiting the appointment of their Board of Directors by the State. However, TISL has been liaising with the Women and Children's Bureau of the Police Force and the Police Academy in order to conduct training sessions for Police Officers on the Victims and Witness Protection Act. We believe that by conducting these trainings, Police Officers that take down complaints and deal with victims of crime would understand the Act better in order to provide guidance and encourage the usage of it. The first Training was conducted in Bandarawela in January 2020.

    Updated: October 31, 2020

    TI Sri Lanka have identified four areas where they hope to see progress on this commitment, which you can see below. Of the 4 Indicators for this theme, 1 Commitment is underway whilst 3 remain incomplete. There have been no recorded developments for this thematic area within the last 6 months. Indicator 1: Funds are allocated to the Fund of the National Authority for Victim and Witness Protection Authority by the Parliament. Indicator 2: The Authority and the Police Division have adequate money and human resources to do their duties and exercise powers given under the Act. Indicator 3: Good quality temporary shelters have been determined and arranged. Indicator 4: Adequate funds have been allocated to the Victims of Crime and Witnesses Assistance and Protection Fund by the parliament. For more detailed information on the state of Whistleblowers protection in Sri Lanka, please take a look at the national pledge tracker, which includes a very detailed analysis of the law.

    Updated: April 30, 2020

    Parliament has referenced 60 million for the year ending 2018 and has allocated 15 million.

    Updated: October 30, 2019

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