About Us

Sri Lankan Collective Against Torture (SLCAT) is a collaboration between organizations and individuals engaged in addressing the issue of torture and connected issues faced by victims of torture and their families in Sri Lanka. The Collective was initiated in 2009 and currently consists of 27 organizations engaged in national and local level activities, and … individuals. The membership represents Districts in Sri Lanka.

The Collective currently functions in the following capacities

a.     Framing public discourse on the issues of torture (social media, print and other media, press conferences, statements and awareness-raising programs)

b.     Engaging with State agencies to address individual incidents and state policy and practice on the issue of torture

c.     Monitoring, documenting and reporting on torture in Sri Lanka

d.     Advocating best practice on behalf of victims and families of victims of torture

Since its inception, the Collective has submitted shadow reports to the United Nations Committee Against Torture in 2011 and 2016. The Collective has also engaged in following up on the recommendations made by the UN Committee Against Torture.

Right to Life Human Rights Center (Click to enter Right to Life website) facilitates the activities of the Collective. Right to Life was established in 2002 with the primary purpose of responding to the issue of torture and state violence in Sri Lanka.


Zero Tolerance Torture


Strengthening torture prevention mechanisms and create awareness among general public on torture and extra judicial killings, aiming to ensure justice through legal support, advocacy, campaigns)


  • Cater Torture issues in Sri Lanka through taking legal remedies
  • Awareness raising on the gravity of torture to general public
  • Advocacy Campaign – Give needed media publicity
  • Reporting to UNCAT on Torture issues in Sri Lanka
  • Regular Discussions with Ministries and Independent Institutions/Commissions
  • Regular Research on torture related issues and incidents
  • Working against Prison torture

Members List

Sri Lankan Collective Against Torture (SLCAT) is a collective of 24 Sri Lankan organizations and many groups, academics, experts, activists and volunteers against torture.

No (Random) Organization District
01 Right to Life Colombo
02 Samadanam Kandy
03 Human Rights Office Kandy Kandy
04 Anuradhapura Citizen’s Committee Anuradhapura
05 Human Rights First Aid Center Hambantota
06 Human Rights Shelter Gampaha
07 Uva Shakthi Foundation Badulla
08 Uwa Wellasa Women’s Centre Monaragala
09 Red Flag Front Matara
10 Rural Women’s Front Galle
11 National Cooperation Development Foundation Trincomalee
12 Suya Shakthi Foundation Nuwara Eliya

Human Rights Documentation Center

14 Law and Society Trust Colombo
15 Family Rehabilitation Centre Colombo
16 Rights Now Collective for Democracy Colombo
17 National Peace Council Colombo
18 Center for Policy Alternatives Colombo
19 IMADR Colombo
20 Center for Human Rights Development Colombo
21 Rule of Law Forum Colombo
22 Center People’s Dialogue Gampaha
23 Families of the Disappeared Gampaha
24 National Fisheries Solidarity Gampaha


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