NPC staff and about 80 District Inter Religious Committee members from six districts joined a civil society protest outside the Prime Minister’s residence to urge a swift end to the Constitutional crisis facing the country.
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.
NPC coordinated civil society discussions on Sri Lanka’s sixth periodic statement on the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) prepared by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The statement will be presented to the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva.
A peace walk with the theme of religious coexistence through the strengthening of pluralism and the rule of law was organized by Addalaichchenai Local Inter Religious Committee (LIRC) to commemorate the International Day of Peace under NPC’s Collective Engagement for Religious Freedom (CERF) project.
A training workshop on Transitional Justice (TJ) was held in Vavuniya for 37 youths in the Vavuniya and Mannar districts under NPC’s project Youth Engagement with Transitional Justice for long-lasting Peace in Sri Lanka.
DIRC members and other participants including religious leaders from Puttalam and Mannar travelled to Nuwara Eliya for an inter district exchange visit under NPC’s Religions to Reconcile project.
A workshop on Writing Truths: The Power of Testimony was presented Dr Minoli Salgado for NPC staff and other civil society participants to explore key concepts in testimony studies and examine their relationship to the Sri Lankan context with a view to developing a survivor-centred approach in the production and reception of testimonies in the country.
Members of Local Inter Religious Committees (LIRCs) in Weligama including religious leaders, Grama Niladharis, police officers, government officials and civil society leaders, were trained on Non Violent Communication (NVC) under NPC’s project, Collective Engagement for Religious Freedom (CERF).
DIRCs in Batticaloa and Trincomalee organized outdoor activities for 33 participants as a bonding and team building exercise under NPC’s project Inter-faith and Inter-ethnic Dialogue in Sri Lanka. DIRC members felt that these activities were necessary to build trust and acceptance of each other, which would lead to better ways of dealing with conflict and finding inner peace.