BUREAU OF THE COMMISSIONER GENERAL OF REHABILITATION
"MINISTRY OF PRISON REFORMS,REHABILITATION, RESETTLEMENT AND HINDU RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS"

Visit of York University Students

A group of 30 Students following MA degree course at the University of York, UK, currently on a study tour of Sri Lanka, met the Commissioner General of Rehabilitation (CGR), Major General Chandana Rajaguru on Sunday December 4, 2011. The meeting took place at the Colombo office of the Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies (CHA), an association of agencies working in or supporting the humanitarian sector in the country.

On this occasion, the CGR made a detailed presentation on the activities carried out by the Bureau of the Commissioner General of Rehabilitation (BCGR) under the Rehabilitation Programme.

The presentation included a comprehensive account of the underlying principles on the basis of which, approaches and concrete action programs were formulated and implemented to transform the Ex-combatants as useful citizens. In this context, the CGR made particular reference to the mandate conferred on the BCGR which provided the legal frame work for all its activities.

He highlighted BCGR’s success in adopting the best practices and establishing appropriate norms while protecting the rights of ex-combatant .

Referring to the International Integrated DDR Standards (IDDRR) he explained how the BCGR has adopted them as guiding principles, preconditions, core strategies and approaches for undertaking integrated DDRR programmes compatible with the Sri Lankan situation.

In conclusion, the CGR briefed the visiting students on the progress achieved during the last four (4) years in rehabilitating the Ex-Combatants and reintegrating them in to society.

CGR answered the questions raised by students who expressed appreciation of the comprehensive details provided to assist them in their study. Mr. Jeewan Thangarajah Executive Director of the Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies (GTE) Limited coordinated the meeting.