NPC and its partners visited Timor Leste to learn from the experiments of Transitional Justice (TJ) there. Timor Leste, then known as East Timor, was invaded by the Indonesian army who ruled from 1975 to 1999.

An introductory meeting was held in Polonnaruwa for the establishment of a new District Inter Religious Committee (DIRC) under the Initiating Multi-level Partnership Action for Conflict Transformation (IMPACT) project supported by Misereor.

As part of its project Promoting Accountability and Preventing Torture by Strengthening Survivors of Torture in Asia, NPC and its partners Right to Life (R2L), Committee for Investigation of Disappeared (CID) and Human Rights Office Kandy (HRO Kandy) participated in a workshop, regional conference and exchange visit in Indonesia.

Under NPC’s project Initiating Multi-level Partnership Action for Conflict Transformation (IMPACT), introductory meetings were held in Kalutara, Ratnapura and Kurunegala for religious leaders and civil society leaders to explain the concept of Transitional Justice (TJ).

NPC made three submissions to the Public Representations Committee on Constitutional Reforms. The Committee was mandated to seek oral and written submissions from the public on constitutional reforms. The process of public consultations began on January 18 and ended on March 15. The Committee will now prepare a report based on the public submissions and propose recommendations to be considered by the Cabinet Sub Committee on Constitutional Reforms.

Phase Two of NPC’s Reconciling Inter-religious and Inter-ethnic Differences (RIID) project was completed, resulting in the strengthening of nine District Inter Religious Committees (DIRCs) in Matara, Jaffna, Mannar, Puttalam, Kandy, NuwaraEliya, Galle, Ampara and Batticaloa. They were capacitated to address different issues that could threaten inter-religious and inter-ethnic harmony in their districts, building on lessons learned during Phase I. The projected is funded by USAID through its SPICE project.

The Citizens Peace Award for 2015 was posthumously granted to the Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero for his fearless approach to minority rights and inter religious coexistence, and for providing skilful leadership in promoting humane values and democratic governance.

NPC’s Citizens Peace Award was awarded in 2014 to Father Benjamin Henry Miller, an American-born Jesuit priest who has lived in Batticaloa for over six decades.

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