Sri Lanka

The ICRC has been active in Sri Lanka since 1989. We initially responded to people’s needs resulting from the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna uprising, and later to those resulting from the armed conflict between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Today, we are focused on addressing the remaining needs from that conflict.

Sri Lanka Red Cross Society conducting a survey

Our work in Sri Lanka

Today, the ICRC’s delegation in Sri Lanka focuses on addressing people’s remaining needs following the recent armed conflict, together with prevention activities. Our priorities include responding to the multifaceted needs of families of missing people; strengthening local medico-legal capacities; promoting respect for IHL and its integration into domestic law among the national authorities, including the armed forces; and developing IHL knowledge among academic and religious circles. We work closely with the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS), strengthening its ability to carry out its humanitarian endeavours.

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29, Layards Road, Colombo 05, Sri Lanka


+94 11 250 33 46

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Our work with the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society

In Sri Lanka, the ICRC supports the humanitarian work of the SLRCS by strengthening its capacity to respond to the humanitarian consequences of crises and other emergencies. This includes providing technical and financial support to its Restoring Family Links service, which aims to restore contact among family members separated by migration, disaster or other emergency situations.

The ICRC also works with the SLRCS to promote universal humanitarian principles that are central to the work of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.