Centre for Human Rights and Development (CHRD)



Sri Lanka


Centre for Human Rights and Development (CHRD)

CHRD was initiated 1997 by a group of human rights lawyers and activists for the protection and promotion of human rights in Sri Lanka. The organization was established during the height of the ethnic war, which generated enormous human rights violations and abuse against ethnic minorities. CHRD has documented countless cases of unlawful arrest, detentions, disappearances and sexual violence—all of which are at the roots of the deep political and socio-economic problems in the country—and is working to raise awareness about and rectify these injustices. The organization is also defending the land rights of ethnic minorities, as lands occupied by these populations for generations have been seized for military infrastructure and large-scale development projects.


Promoting Natural Resource Rights and Access to Justice for Ethnic Minority Communities

Purpose: To promote land rights and increase access to justice in conflict-affected and ethnic minority areas through legal assistance, legal capacity building, documentation and advocacy campaigns.

Project Grant Amount $26,000
Total Grants Received $62,000
Years Supported 2
Theme Civil/Human Rights, Natural Resource Rights and Economic Justice
Population Served Ethnic minorities, Farmers and fisherfolk, Refugees and IDPs