The Law and Society Trust (LST) was established in 1982 as a research and advocacy organistion for the promotion of legal reforms for access to justice, human rights, and public accountability. They actively promote rights-based strategies in research, documentation and advocacy. LST sees this approach as highly relevant for building a society in which all citizens are treated justly and equally. This lays the foundation for LSTs’ work towards peacebuilding in Sri Lanka.
LST works under three main programmes:
- Civil and political rights;
- Economic, social and cultural rights; and
- Human rights in conflict
Documentation, activism and advocacy are carried out under all three programmes. Each performs the task of bridging the gap between the grassroots and the policy-making levels through skill-building and awareness-trainings. LST strengthens civil society networks and acts as a resource centre on human rights issues in Sri Lanka. Thus, networking and coalition-building is a key area of LST’s work.
As a research and advocacy body, LST has an extensive “Information and Documentation Centre” and has periodic publications including a monthly journal. LST is a founding member of the Asian Forum on Human Rights and Development (Forum-Asia) and South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR).