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Livelihood issues and Situation analysis Carried out In Trincomalee

Written By NAFSO on Thursday, August 17, 2017 | 11:56:00 AM

Trincomalee district is one of the main districts in the east coast of Sri Lanka where all 3 main ethnic groups live together. Agriculture, Fishing and Tourism are the main economic activities in the district.    

On 14th August Educate people in Seedanaweli on newly introduced Information Act to get the information they wanted. 


 Sampoor East and West Wiodowd women gathered and formed a Family headed woman group to unite with all women groups affected by war and lost their breadwinner of the family.  Group was initiated with 35 members. 

The women group was educated on how to continue as strong women group and work for a common goal.  A livelihood situation analysis also carried out with the women. 



NAFSO officers with activists of Trincomalee District Fisheries Solidarity, visited Upparu village and educate the Group on internal conflict resolving techniques.  Upparu group was newly formed group during the first quarter of the year 2017. 

On 15th of August,  CIvil Society organization collective (Peoples' Voice of Trincomalee District) of Trincomalee district gathered and discussed on ESC rights mainly focussing on land rights of the people. 

The group decided to collect information on land issues in the area and submit an information request form to the government asking on depth information on proposed development activities in the district under the national physical plan.     




       

National Validation on UPR recommendations conducted

Written By NAFSO on Monday, August 14, 2017 | 11:36:00 AM



Sri Lanka Civil society Report on Universal Periodic Review to the Geneva was submitted by the CSO collectives on March 2017.  

After series of regional consultations in the country, CSO collective conducted a national level validating meeting with wider participation of civil society organizations, in Colombo on 11th of Aug. with the aim of sharing the recommendations with the International missions in Colombo, New Delhi and Geneva.       

Land Rights, Food Sovereignty and food security,  Health, Education and poverty were among the main issues/topics discussed. 

About 70 CSO representatives from, Jaffna, Trinco, Baticaloa, Mannar, Ampara, Matara, Galle, Kaluthara, Gampaha and Colombo were participated to the program. 

















Regional UPR followup meeting held in Galle

Written By NAFSO on Thursday, August 10, 2017 | 1:46:00 PM

South region Follow up meeting on UPR recommendations by the UN CESCR and CSOs were conducted on 8th of August in Galle. CSO UPR report for the year 2017 was prepared by CSO collective and main coordination responsibility was taken by the NAFSO. The compiled civil societies report was submitted on 30th March 2017.  

NAFSO and the main partners CSO collective for the prepared report decided to bring the report of the CSOs to the public to get validation before International preparatory and the follow-up meetings to be held in October, in Geneva and the decisive UN meeting on November.

Together with CSOs' UPR report, Sri Lankan government report to the UN and UN - CESCR recommendations were also discussed with the participants.

Among the main issues taken into consideration by the participants were,

# Poverty Alleviation.
# Rights of the minority.
# Dominance of law and order, taking into custody and disappearance of people.
# Equality among men and women, Unmatured marriages and pregnancy before marriage.
# Informality of school education.
# Control of media.

  37 Participant represented Hambantota district, Matara District and Gall district civil society.

Program was facilitated by Mr. Herman Kumara, Mr. Anthony Jesudasn, Sampath Pushpakumara (Att. Law), Priyalal Sirisena )Att. Law, Mr. Ruki Fernando.  The regional program was organized by the Southern Fisheries Organization in Galle.









 
         


Land rights to the Wellassa Suger cane Farmers

Written By NAFSO on Monday, August 07, 2017 | 12:17:00 PM


A legal advocacy program was held in wellawaya in Monaragala district on 5th and 6th of Aug. targeting sugar cane farmers of the area.  The program consisted of a one-day education program on legal provisions on land ownership and a legal clinic on the second day. 

Palwatta Suger company was started at the dawn of the 1980s' under the management of Booker Agriculture International Ltd of United Kingdom, (or Booker Tate PLC).  After a world bank funded study in 1978 to identify the suitable area for sugar cane cultivation, land area in  Buththala and wellawaya in Monaragala district in Uva province was identified as suitable for the purpose.    

The selected land area was covered by vast forest area and agricultural lands traditionally or legally owned by local farmers.  Thousands of acres were acquired by the government despite agitations against the land grabbing and forest destruction. 

The farmers have received minor compensation such as 4000 LKR for 5 acres without valuation process and some land plots about 4 and a half acres after signing an agreement (Written in the English language which unfamiliar to the local farmers).  Later they have been educated that the lands are belongs to the company and people cannot grow anything sugar cane.  In the land provided they could build a house but no ownership. 
In 2002 the Government of Sri Lanka sold its stake in the company on the Colombo Stock Exchange. A Sri Lankan company, Master Divers (Private) Limited, purchased 53.5% of the Company for Rs. 300 million. It has the lease ownership of a nucleus estate of approximately 2,000 hectares (4,900 acres), settler area of 3,000 hectares (7,400 acres) and a large number of growers in the Uva province. (Wiki)
The issue of land ownership has grown gradually as the agreement of 30 years almost end and pressure is increasing among farmers.  
  
The two-day program was conducted in three places parallelly (Yahalabowa, Block 03and Block 09)  and more than 160 persons attended the 2-day program.  

The program was organized by the Uva Wellassa Women Organization, NAFSO partner in Monaragala district and the program was facilitated by the Institute for Constitutional Studies (ICS - Colombo).   

Education Program at Yahalabowa

Education Program at Yahalabowa

Education Program at Yahalabowa of Suger cane farming area
Education Program at Block 09 of Suger cane farming area

Education Program at Block 09 of Suger cane farming area

Education Program at Block 09 of Suger cane farming area


Education Program at Block 03 

Education Program at Block 03 

Education Program at Block 03 

Education Program at Block 03 

Education Program at Block 03 

Education Program at Block 03


Follow up the action of UPR process

Written By NAFSO on Monday, July 31, 2017 | 5:30:00 PM

A regional level meeting was held to get peoples validation on CSOs and UN CESCR recommendations on 30th July 2017 in Vavuniya. 
Participants were also educated on follow up the process of UPR process and facts of UPR report of the government.    
Participants identified 9 important sectors (issues) on the recommendation for fact sheets. Sectors are as below
v Land and Resources destroyed
v Disappeared and Political prisoner's
v Women and Children (Especially women headed house hold)
v Transitional Justice and Accountability
v Rehabilitated LTTE carders
v Health and Education
v Labor’s  rights
v Political rights
v Language barriers

Among many current issues, post war situation in the North and East also subjected to the discussions among participants. they stated that the "Even war is over, lives of the people are same as in the time of war and we can't see any acceptable solution from the present politics". 


Participants conducted group discussion and recommendation resulted from discussions were present to the audience.  Mr Anthony Jesudasan, Sampath (Att.Law).  Mr Herman Kumara, Pushapakumara, Mr Chinthaka Rajapaksha, Mr Franzis Rajan, Mr Nuwan Pradeep and Rev. Sr.Nichola has facilitated the program. 

Civil society leaders, Human rights activists, representatives of youth groups and Women groups from Mannar, Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Vavuniya, Trincomalee, Ampara and Batticaloa districts participated very actively. 









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