Sooryakumary Kanapathipillai

Coordinator at EHED Caritas Trincomalee

DTP Alumna: 2016 25th Annual Program - Sri Lanka



There is a real need and value in organising training programs for human rights defenders because they can be a catalyst for change in society.  

Soorya is currently a Coordinator of Child Protection Policy, Gender Equality, Preschool Monitoring and Safe Migration Program at EHED Caritas Trincomalee in Sri Lanka. She is heavily involved in advocacy regarding land issues, child rights and women rights and migrant workers. She receives complaints from families concerned about their female members who have migrated to Middle East for employment. She forwards these complaints to the Foreign Employment Bureau. She also advocates on behalf of destitute children who need support with their education, and conducts human rights awareness programs in the school system.


EHED Caritas Trincomalee works on human rights programs especially in the remote villages where a number of human rights violations take place unnoticed. Soorya deals with large number of human rights cases, linking the people with relevant agencies working on human rights violations.


Soorya hoped to network with other NGOs and CSOs advocates in Sri Lanka at the DTP training and welcomed the opportunity to engage with Sri Lankan and international participants in the training.


The knowledge I obtained from the DTP training helped me a lot in developing advocacy and lobbying skills. I established networks at the DTP training with the Legal Aid Commission, Human Rights Commission, the police and grass root level societies.

Through the training, Soorya learnt the different international treaties Sri Lanka has ratified, and also learnt about the various human rights mechanisms available that can provide remedies and justice for the victims such as how to submit a shadow report to the UN Universal Periodic Review, how to submit a complaint to the UN Special Procedures, and how to develop an effective video advocacy to convey the plight of the human rights victims.



Profile written January 2018