Shiran Viraj


Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, whatever nationality, sex, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, language, or any other status. We are all equally entitled to human rights without discrimination. Meaning of Human Rights are the rights with regard to to life, liberty, equality and dignity of the individuals in society. These rights are guaranteed by the constitution of Sri Lanka and embodied in the International covenants.

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity. Human rights, as commonly understood, are the rights that every human being is entitled to enjoy freely. Meaning of Human rights are different to different people and they are not fixed and new rights are recognized and enforced from time to time. Only persons completely familiar with the most recent developments regarding the expanding horizons of Human Rights can uphold human rights better than others. These rights are all interrelated, interdependent and indivisible. Human rights are often expressed and guaranteed by law in the constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. In the forms of treaties, customary international law, general principles and other sources of international law and International human rights law lays down obligations of Governments to act in certain ways or to refrain from certain acts, in order to promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms of all the people.

The principle of universality of human rights is the cornerstone of international human rights law. This principle, as first emphasized in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights in 1948, has been reiterated in numerous international human rights conventions, declarations, and resolutions.

The 1993 Vienna World Conference on Human Rights, for example, noted that it is the duty of States to promote and protect all human human rights and fundamental freedoms, regardless of their political, economic and cultural systems. Media-Human Rights as a non-governmental Organization Coordinate, collaborate and network with any other persons, governmental, non-governmental, and faith based organizations with special focus on identification, and tracing, as well as family and community reunification and reintegration, disaster, conflict and emergency situations management.

“The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.”
― John F. Kennedy
Former President of USA