Imadr Asia Committee
No. 1149A, Kotte Road, Rajagiriya, Sri Lanka

Combating Religious Discrimination Sri Lanka (CRDSL)

Combating Religious Discrimination Sri Lanka (CRDSL) is an initiative funded by the European Commission. IMADR AC implements the CRDSL along with 4 partner organizations, i.e. Centre for Women and Development (CWD), South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR), Rights Now Collective for Democracy, and Right to Life Human Rights Centre. Activities of this project takes place in Southern, Northern, Eastern, North Western, Central and Western Provinces. CRDSL’s overall objective is to promote and strengthen civil society action promoting pluralistic ethos, enhancing democratic values and upholding fundamental freedoms. Further it also strives to directly address the ethnic, religious and gender divisions in the community and support building a society respecting pluralism and human rights. Activities of the CRDSL includes village and district level community dialogue forums to national level capacity building of organizations and religious leaders to engage in activities to promote inter religious dialogue and harmony. We carry out fact finding missions of places of religious tensions and work with religious groups to revisit their religious educational materials and text to promote religious tolerance among their children. We encourage community groups to design and celebrate religious events and festivals during Vesak, Poson, Christmas, Thaipongal, Hadj, and Sinhala and Hindu New Year season with everybody in the community irrespective of religious differences. We also work with youth through Provincial Youth Clubs and organise sporting events to encourage inter religious interaction and entertainment. We have undertaken to develop guidelines on public policy on social integration with benchmarks for anti-discriminatory policies and review educational curriculums on religious discrimination. National and international advocacy happens through engagements with policy makers, regional jurists, and international forums targeted at building pressure, visibility, and wider consensus for effective interventions to achieve project goals. The CRDSL is therefore a multi-layered and multi-sectoral approach that employ multiple but focused strategies to promote religious tolerance in Sri Lanka.  
CRDSL project is to come to an end in early 2018 and we are building capacity of local and national groups enabling them to continue to deliver activities for religious tolerance beyond the project period.

Combating Religious Discrimination Sri Lanka (CRDSL) is an initiative funded by the European Commission. IMADR AC implements the CRDSL along with 4 partner organizations, i.e. Centre for Women and Development (CWD), South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR), Rights Now Collective for Democracy, and Right to Life Human Rights Centre. Activities of this project takes place in Southern, Northern, Eastern, North Western, Central and Western Provinces. CRDSL’s overall objective is to promote and strengthen civil society action promoting pluralistic ethos, enhancing democratic values and upholding fundamental freedoms. Further it also strives to directly address the ethnic, religious and gender divisions in the community and support building a society respecting pluralism and human rights. Activities of the CRDSL includes village and district level community dialogue forums to national level capacity building of organizations and religious leaders to engage in activities to promote inter religious dialogue and harmony. We carry out fact finding missions of places of religious tensions and work with religious groups to revisit their religious educational materials and text to promote religious tolerance among their children. We encourage community groups to design and celebrate religious events and festivals during Vesak, Poson, Christmas, Thaipongal, Hadj, and Sinhala and Hindu New Year season with everybody in the community irrespective of religious differences. We also work with youth through Provincial Youth Clubs and organise sporting events to encourage inter religious interaction and entertainment. We have undertaken to develop guidelines on public policy on social integration with benchmarks for anti-discriminatory policies and review educational curriculums on religious discrimination. National and international advocacy happens through engagements with policy makers, regional jurists, and international forums targeted at building pressure, visibility, and wider consensus for effective interventions to achieve project goals. The CRDSL is therefore a multi-layered and multi-sectoral approach that employ multiple but focused strategies to promote religious tolerance in Sri Lanka.  
CRDSL project is to come to an end in early 2018 and we are building capacity of local and national groups enabling them to continue to deliver activities for religious tolerance beyond the project period.