Sri Lanka

In Sri Lanka, KIOS support is channelled to organizations, which document human rights violations and seek justice for the victims. In addition, KIOS has supported women’s rights work and work against the discrimination of sexual and gender minorities.

From civil war to peacebuilding

The decades long civil war in Sri Lanka ended in 2009; however, the comprehensive peacebuilding with transitional justice process is only at the beginning. The government has committed to ensure the implementation of the UN resolution adopted in 2015 November. The resolution calls for investigation of the human rights abuses of the past and getting justice for the victims.

Tensions between the population groups underpinning the conflict

The majority of the population in Sri Lanka belongs to the Sinhalese community, and they practise Buddhism as a religion. The eastern and northern part of the country is mostly populated by Tamil people, who are Hindus.  Furthermore, there are various smaller ethnic communities and religious communities in the country, as descendants of the European migrants, Muslims and Christians

The main parties of the conflict were government forces backed by the Sinhalese majority and Tamil tigers (LTTE) driving for an independent state. After the conflict the government settled Sinhalese families into the Tamil areas and replaced part of the Hindu temples with Buddhist temples. The above mentioned political strategy did not contribute for the peaceful coexistence. Furthermore, a militant Buddhist group has caused terror in the country. They have attacked violently against Tamils, Muslims and Christians.

Women’s participation and women’s rights

The political participation of women on decision making has been low. Although Sri Lanka is one of the most developed countries in the area, the small number of women is conspicuous in relation to other countries in South Asia. Gender based violence is severe problem in the country, and women face discrimination on various levels.  In addition, most of the victims, who survived the civil war, are women. Many of them still suffer from the consequences of the war, as loss of the land and income or injuries.

KIOS support for civil society

Due to the consequences of the civil war, tensions between the population groups and due to the women’s discrimination, KIOS has supported work, which promotes women’s rights and collaboration between women organizations from different ethnic and religious groups. Furthermore, KIOS has supported documentation of human rights violations and work supporting sexual and gender minorities.


Sri Lanka

  • Active period: 2002–2019
  • Total funding: 701,399 €
  • Total projects: 16

Related organisations

  • International Movement Against all Forms of Discrimination and Racism – Asia Committee IMADR
  • South Asian Centre for Legal Studies
  • Mothers and Daughters of Lanka
  • Equal Ground

Projects (16)

  • Sri Lanka
  • 2018–2019
  • International Movement Against all Forms of Discrimination and Racism – Asia Committee IMADR

Promoting Human and Democratic Rights and Reforms in Sri Lanka

43,000 €
  • Sri Lanka
  • 2016–2017
  • South Asian Centre for Legal Studies

Promoting victim-centered transitional justice (TJ) in Sri Lanka through strengthening advocacy, accountability and capacity building of key stakeholders

48,500 €
  • Sri Lanka
  • 2015–2016
  • Equal Ground

Sensitizing the government and general public with a view to improve the legal protection, welfare and status of rights of LGBTIQ Rights persons in 4 districts of Sri Lanka

117,100 €
  • Sri Lanka
  • 2014–2016
  • Mothers and Daughters of Lanka

Campaign to combat violence against women

18,700 €
  • Sri Lanka
  • 2014–2015
  • Equal Groud

Protecting Transgender persons from violence in 2 districts of Sri Lanka: a Pilot Project

47,800 €
  • Sri Lanka
  • 2012–2013
  • Mothers and Daughters of Lanka

Women Human Rights Defenders Network

9,200 €
  • Sri Lanka
  • 2011–2013
  • Home for Human Rights

Home for Human Rights Core Funding

65,000 €
  • Sri Lanka
  • 2011–2013
  • Institute of Human Rights

Protecting & Securing the rights of long term institutionalized women and long term prisoners

29,700 €
  • Sri Lanka
  • 2009–2011
  • Home for Human Rights

Home for Human Rights Core Funding

96,000 €
  • Sri Lanka
  • 2008–2011
  • Organisation for Eelam Refugees Rehabilitation

Sri Lankan refugee community in Tamil Nadu responding to the human rights crisis in Sri Lanka: Human rights awareness raising, documentation, reporting and advocacy

38,100 €
  • Sri Lanka
  • 2008–2009
  • Institute of Human Rights

Access to Justice – Public inquiries and prison legal clinics

22,700 €
  • Sri Lanka
  • 2008–2010
  • Home for Human Rights

Programme of Work for the Human Rights Council and for Lobby and Advocacy in Geneva for the year 2008

15,000 €
  • Sri Lanka
  • 2007–2009
  • Home for Human Rights

Home for Human Rights Core Funding

43,000 €
  • Sri Lanka
  • 2005–2006
  • Lawyers for Human Rights and Development

General Human Rights Program

38,000 €
  • Sri Lanka
  • 2003–2005
  • Lawyers for Human Rights and Development

Combating Worst Forms of Human Rights Violations and Striving to Build a Society where Right to Life and Human Rights are Better Respected and People Can Live with Human Dignity

36,000 €
  • Sri Lanka
  • 2002–2003
  • Lawyers for Human Rights and Development

Human Rights Education and for Legal Aid to Victims of Human Rights Violations

33,600 €

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