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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 82

Sri Lanka: Confederation of Humanitarian Associations on their current activities

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Colombo, 18 January, ( Since independence, Sri Lanka has faced challenges driven by community needs and access and realization of those needs. Our inability to reconcile aspirations with the ability to meet them has in some instances failed all of us, consuming us at times with violent conflict.

Over the last decade, Confederation of Humanitarian Associations (CHA) and our associates has worked with the Government of Sri Lanka, as well as other key stakeholders in efforts to address humanitarian expectations. While the consequences of the abrogation of the Ceasefire Agreement cannot be fully predicted, CHA calls upon the Government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE to respect the services afforded to civilians which are fundamental and essential.

There is every likelihood, with an exacerbation even in the short term of violent conflict that civilians will almost immediately be thrown into insecure and abnormal living conditions. It must, therefore, be a fundamental objective to ensure that the rights of
citizens are protected and that they have access to goods and services without discrimination. At all times, civilians should be allowed space to carry out their daily activities. Additionally actions which lead to displacement and dislocation of livelihoods
should be avoided at all costs.

Simultaneously, when adopting security measures, the measures should be in accordance with the law and through legal means, they should be implemented without investing individuals with excessive authority and all measures should seek to be time limited and subject to review, including a judicial review, on a periodic

Parallel to ensuring safe spaces for civilians, efforts must be made to safeguard the existing development assets and processes whether they are of an infrastructural, economic or social nature.

- Asian Tribune -

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