Responding positively to representations made by civil society groups, the Human Rights Ministry announced yesterday, the government had decided not to obtain details of national or ethnic origin, religion or language when police compile householders lists for registration.
Human Rights Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe has directed Police Chief Victor Perera to issue a new circular to OICs of all police stations in the country detailing the new procedures to be followed.
The new information required will be the chief occupant`s name, identity card and address, the names and ages of family members, their relationship to the chief occupant and their identity card numbers.
The details of temporary residents including domestic aides, the purpose and duration of their stay will also have to be provided, the Human Rights Ministry said in a statement.
The ministry said action had been taken to relax the current regulation, after the ministry received several representations from civil society groups relating to divergent practices adopted for the registrations of households under Emergency `The Ministry initiated these changes, to be implemented island-wide, in consultation with the Attorney-General`s and Police Departments. The civil society representations raised some points of concern in the registration system under the Emergency Regulations,` the statement said.
Minister Samarasinghe has directed officials of the Human Rights Ministry to give the widest publicity to the new procedures by launching a nationwide public awareness campaign to disseminate this information.