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Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Preparation Workshop

Written By NAFSO on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 | 3:01:00 PM

On 11th and 12th Sept. NAFSO with the assistance of UPR Info, Switzerland conducted a orientation workshop on UPR report precentations and deplomatic dialogues.  Submitted UPR report to the UN-HCR by Sri Lanka civil society will be precented to deplomats during the sessions to be conductedin in Colombo on 13th Sept, in Delhi on 14 to 16th Sept and at Geneva in October.

Presentations wil be conducted on the HR issues regarding  Women and Gender, Marginalized groups, Rule of Law, Plantation community and Land reforms.


Peoples Proposals for 2018 Annual Budget of Mannar Urban Council

Written By NAFSO on Friday, September 01, 2017 | 4:59:00 PM

"NESAKARAM" Citizen forum meeting was held on 29th of August 2017 and gathered peoples' proposals for the 2018 budget of Urban Council of Mannar. 

There are legal provisions for the people to submit proposals for the local and national government annual budgets. but people are unaware of the chance. Under the citizen forum programs conducts in several districts of the country, NAFSO educated the people to the importance of submitting proposals for governing bodies and given training on budget proposal preparation during previous years.      

Program held at elders society hall, Pallimunai with the participation of around 25 community representatives .

An Union for fish workers

Fisher community representatives from 7 coastal districts gathered on 30th Aug at NAFSO to discuss on registration of a Fish worker union.  Fishers attached to NAFSO as members trying to register a fisheries union since the year 2009.

Sri Lanka Constitution and labour legislations provide legal background for labour unions, but when it comes to fisheries union registration, some barriers come in to play due to special characteristics of the fisheries sector such as change of master for fish workers, some times, within one trip to the sea.

Required office bearers were selected from the participated district representatives and pland for next 4 month were prepared during the program.


One Fish from One Fish Worker

Written By NAFSO on Thursday, August 24, 2017 | 10:11:00 AM

Dakshinbanga Matsyajibi Forum (DMF) and
 Medinipur Zila Upokulya Matsya Vendor Union 
Start Massive Campaign to Support

20 years back Father Thomas Kochery and Harekrishna Debnath, leaders of small and traditional fishing communities of India, convened a conference of fish workers of the world. The conference, on 21st November 1997, gave birth to the World Forum for Fisher People (WFFP). This year, from 15th to 21st November WFFP is scheduled to hold its Seventh General Assembly (GA-7) at Delhi hosted by National Fishworkers' Forum (NFF).

NFF has called upon all its affiliate organisations and the small and traditional fish workers at large to donate as much as they can to support the programme. To take forward this as a mass initiative  NFF has announced 'One Fish from One Fish Worker' campaign on and from 21st August 2017. The campaign involves self-respect and confidence of the fishing communities of our country in supporting the world summit of fisher people.

Dakshinbanga Matsyajibi Forum (DMF) and Medinipur Zila Upokulya Matsya Vendor Union (Midnapore District Coastal Fish Vendor Union) have initiated this mass fish collection campaign in West Bengal. With remarkable enthusiasm and effort, the fish workers are taking the campaign forward to a resounding success.

Anti port city Protest conducted In Negombo

Written By NAFSO on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 | 8:37:00 PM

Implementation of Port city project has started its consequences on the western coastal belt and it has led strongly awakening of fisher communities against the project. 

The port city project was started by the previous government and people protested against it. The project stopped temporarily after electing of the new government in 2015 as they promised during the election campaign.  But within few month, the government signed a new agreement with the Chinese government and recommence the project constructions.  
Anti port city demonstrations started again but the Government acting unheard. 
As the sandy island grows day by day, Coastal belt to the Southwards and northwards to the project in Colombo started eroding and sands were swept off the beaches by rough waves. In Negombo, some of the houses adjacent to the beach have washed a way.
NAFSO, Sri Vimukthi Fisher Women Organization together with several civil society organizations, environmentalists, religious leaders started a dialogue with fisher communities and People movement against the port city project strengthening work conducted for several weeks. Leaflet distribution,  small group discussions were conducted. 

The main demand of the people to stop the suction of sand from the sea bottom as it causes erosion of coastal lands, destroying fishing grounds by destroying sea bed.   

Anti port city protest and the meeting held today was organised as a result of community opinion gathered during discussions conducted in village level. Around 250 participants attended the program mainly from Negombo and representatives from fisher communities and civil society in several other districts were also participated.  

Several fishers,  women leaders, civil society leaders, religious leaders, environmentalists and scholars were among the speakers.   

The responsibility of organizing of the program and movement building was taken by fisherwomen as women believe that they can lead the people to the victory as they did once in 2010.     




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