Legal Advice and Representation

Access to legal aid is recognized as a human right. IHR’s programme in this sphere is designed to provide and secure this right whilst ensuring sustainable access to justice through effective advocacy. While initially addressing only cases generated under the Prevention of Terrorism Act and the Emergency Regulations, IHR has widened its services to address a greater variety of cases and assist persons who are unable to afford legal services and access the legal system.

The services provided below are available to persons from all parts of the country.

  • Providing direct/referral legal advice to those seeking it
  • Providing direct /referral legal representations to those seeking legal representation on matters pertaining to fundamental rights, labour, juvenile issues
  • Providing legal advice and representation to detainees in detention centers – The Institute carries out a series of prison clinics, where lawyers make one day visits to correctional institutions and detention centers and provide a legal service to detainees and inmates. This project aims at addressing the right to legal aid of these persons.
  • Providing financial assistance for bail
  • Documentation project – A documentation component, in collaboration with The Asia Foundation, is responsible for collecting data towards mapping of the ethnic and political violence in Sri Lanka. In addition, IHR maintains an electronic database of all cases and inquiries handled since 2004.

Today's human rights violations are the causes of tomorrow's conflicts.

Mary Robinson United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights