An NPC-supported report on the anti-Muslim violence that occurred in Digana and Kandy in March this year, which included recommendations on how to prevent such incidents in the future, was presented to around 150 civil society leaders, government officials, academics and lawyers in Kandy.
Several leaders of civil society organisations met at the Methodist Church Headquarters in Colombo to assess their situation. Bishop Asiri Perera said the situation in the country had deteriorated since they had last met several months ago. The country’s leaders were less interested in good governance than in who should rule. There were rumours of snap elections. Those against peace and reconciliation were vociferous.
NPC, under its IMPACT project, held a seminar on Transitional Justice (TJ) mechanisms and the government’s reconciliation process for youth parliamentarians in collaboration with the National Youth Services Council (NYSC) in the Gampaha district.
An awareness raising seminar was held for 50 senior students in the Trincomalee District and 85 senior students in the Batticaloa district under NPC’s project Inter-faith and Inter-ethnic Dialogue in Sri Lanka.
A one day mediation training programme was conducted for 36 members of Weligama Local Inter Religious Committee (LIRC). Participants included religious leaders, police officers, Grama Niladharis, NGO and CBO representatives and government officers.
Fifty three students from the University of The Visual and Performing Arts were trained on Transitional Justice (TJ) under NPC’s project, Youth Engagement with Transitional Justice for Long-lasting Peace in Sri Lanka.
Thirty two participants attended a two-day training programme for volunteers at the Human Rights First Aid Centre in Gampaha under NPC’s project, Accountability through Community Engagement and Initiatives for Transition (ACE-IT), which is funded by the European Union.
Galle District Inter Religious Committee (DIRC) organized a programme on nonviolence for 60 inmates in the Galle Prison under NPC’s project Religions to Reconcile, which is implemented in partnership with Generations for Peace (GFP), an international peace building organization based in Amman, Jordan.
A two day leadership training programme for 35 Steering Committee members of the Badulla, Vavuniya, Jaffna, Batticaloa, Ratnapura, Puttalam and Kurunegala DIRCs and their partner organizations was held in Kalutara under NPC’s IMPACT project.