In the wake of the anti-Muslim violence that erupted in Digana and earlier in Ampara, District Inter Religious Committees (DIRCs) in several districts took immediate steps to ease the conflict situation.
Matara DIRC hosted DIRC members and others from Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi during as exchange visit to build empathy and understanding among communities in different districts under NPC’s Religions to Reconcile project. The 89 participants included DIRC members, religious leaders, youth, the differently abled, media, local politicians and community leaders.
An orientation meeting for NPC’s partners from 21 districts was held under the project Youth Engagement with Transitional Justice for Long Lasting Peace in Sri Lanka. The project is funded by United Nations Peace Building Fund and implemented with the support of Legal Action World Wide and Harvard Law School.
A workshop for community leaders on Training of Trainers on Transitional Justice (TJ) was held in Colombo in cooperation with Legal Action Worldwide (LAW) under the project Technical Assistance to Justice Institutions in Sri Lanka.
Leaders from all religions attended an almsgiving ceremony at the Sri Nagavihara Temple in Jaffna in memory of Ven. Meegahajandure Gnanaratane Thero, the former Chief Incumbent of the temple.
Six days after the local government elections of February 10, civil society activists from several districts around the country involved in promoting inter religious cooperation for peace took part in a meeting organized by the National Peace Council in Colombo. They saw the government’s poor electoral performance as a result of its failure to honour the mandate it had received in 2015 for good governance, anti-corruption, strong state institutions, economic development and inter ethnic justice and reconciliation.
Young people of different religions and ethnicities were trained in peace building and conflict analysis at a five day residential training programme on Conflict Transformation in Colombo.
NPC held an experience sharing session with Transitional Justice (TJ) civil society trainers and experts to plan a TJ training module and discuss the best methods of training, resource materials, lessons learnt and to exchange success stories.
The Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation that functions under the office of the president conducted a one day conference for District Reconciliation Committees (DRCs) consisting of religious clergy, government officials, police and civil society members, appointed by the president in his capacity as Minister of National Integration and Reconciliation.