A.G.S.E.P. initiated a new project focussing on women being in jail or in remand prison for having committed petty crimes. Lacking financial means or receiving only insufficient or even non-existent legal counsel, these women are facing an excessively high jail sentence consequently. Some cases have no other possibility than taking their under-aged children with them leading to the fact that these children don’t attend any public school during the time of imprisonment, which itself presents gross injustice to the minors.
A.G.S.E.P. will therefore focus on providing legal assistance and raising private funds for the bail out of these women in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Commissioner General of Prisons and other relevant Authorities as well as a network of human rights lawyers as a first step. More information on request possible. We’ll keep you informed on this website about the progress.
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I am Hannah and I am currently staying in Sri Lanka completing an internship for three months with AGSEP. I will be the person in charge for advancing the project mentioned above. Being a postgraduate of a bachelor’s degree program in economics in Germany, this new subject represents a completely new operational field for me as well as for everyone else of AGSEP or Sri Lanka in general. Therefore there’s a big potential to grow and finally bear fruits, especially in reference to the unaddressed needs of women in jail caused by an insufficient legal system which supports petty crimes to be penalized inadequately strong. As a specific measure of women empowerment and support for children in Sri Lanka, I will be first concentrating on detecting such cases cooperating with different Government Authorities and then develop strategies and concepts based on the individual circumstances in order to get women released from prison. AGSEP is not a NGO but an AGO –which stands for Associated Government Organisation.