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Join Hands with Unity of Negombo Citizens for Peace & Justice for all!

Written By NAFSO on Saturday, May 25, 2019 | 11:33:00 PM

The Unity of Negombo Citizens are planning to organize a Mass mobilization on Peace and Justice for all communities in the country. Negombo was one of the worst hit areas due to 21/4 suicide attacks in the country and with the appeal for peace by Cardinal and also practical actions taken by Negombo citizens created a peaceful environment until 2 weeks of the attacks and killing of the people at Katuwapitiya church.
However, the all peace efforts were invain after the "politically motivated" gang began to attack the innocent Muslim people in Sellakanda and Thakkiya road after the minor incident happened due to Three wheelet spot.
Now, the Negombo citizens are calling for another action and join with them for a mass mobilization urging Peace and Social Justice.
In a Face Book message, Prof. Sumanasiri Liyanage has mentioned that, "Amidst the such a huge disastrous situation on 21/4, Negombo people were able to keep the area Calm and peaceful until motivated few conducted shameful attacks to Muslims, after 2 weeks of the massacre. It is good that we all come together and say, No More Violence: Social Justice to All!
Come join hands with us at Negombo on 31st May.!
The Mass Protest will be organized as follows;

Date: 31st May, 2019
Place: In Front of Negombo Bus Stand
Time: 2.30 pm

Organizers: Unity of Negombo Citizens

"Safety at Sea of Fishermen is every one's responsibility"- Says Sahan Isanka

Fishing in the Sea is one of the most dangerous occupations in the world. According to ILO it is more than 3000 people died in the sea due to many reasons. Some times. it is possible to save the valuable lives of the fishermen if the precautionary measures are taken appropriately.
With the committed work of global movements of fisheries, the ILO adopted the safety at sea fishing convention on 2007.
After several years attempt, NAFSO was able to take necessary measures to educate the fisheries trade unions, fisher communities, women and also relevant authorities to ratify the convention in Sri Lanka and draft necessary policies and enact necessary laws to protect fishermen at sea.
As a part of the advocacy campaign, NAFSO had decided to get the support from Pradesheeya Sabha, the local government bodies, for discussion and pass resolutions to ratify the convention by the parliament.
SFO-Matara team had conducted an education campaign in Matara district and meet the Chairperson and the councilors of the pradesheeeya Saba for the support to ILO Convention.
Sahan Isanka, one of an activist of NAFSO said, "If we can facilitate to ratify the ILO Convention and to make policies based on that would be a big achievement. If we can save a single life from the work we engaged, that is the most important to us as we care the lives of everyone."
In this process, the Municipal council at Negombo, Pradesheeya Saba at Kalpitiya, Gravet and Kadawath in Trincomalee and Addalachenai are in supportive to the ratification of ILO convention.

Tree Planting Campaign Continue at Matara

NAFSO had launched tree planting campaign in it's environment justice program under Youth Movement for Environment and Social Justice. Southern Fisheries Organization at Matara continue their tree planting activities among youth and children in Nilwella village.
L.Y. Wasantha, said at the plant distribution program, "We are sure, the children would only plant trees, but also definitely take care of their sustenance. So, we hand over the responsibility to youth for tree planting campaign in our youth societies. We will implement the monitoring activities among those youth societies in Nilwella."

Collective action to Peace and Harmony

Written By NAFSO on Thursday, May 23, 2019 | 11:44:00 AM

It has been decided to have a meeting and a collective action to promote peace and harmony and to eliminate the suspicion and distrust within the District of Negombo by the ‘Negombo Citizen Collective’ at the Negombo bus stand on the 31st of May 2019. Several civil society organizations will participate for this program.  A planning meeting for the above occasion was held at Munnakaraya and Kadolkele and Kudapauwa to educate people on the importance of Peace and harmony.  Miss, Subhashini of ‘Sri Vimukthi womens Organization and Mr. Pradeep Wanigasooriya and Mr.Nuwan Pradeep represented the National Fisheries Solidarity.   

Religious teachings guide people to protect peace

Written By NAFSO on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 | 12:47:00 PM

There is a tendency to create radical conflicts among the nations after the Ester attack and some incidents were occurred especially in the Poruthota area in Negombo. There is a tense situation in the area due to the attack. According to the situation, religious leaders, civil society organizations, professionals, women, youth, media persons and community leaders organized as “Negombo Citizen Collective” in order to take actions toward to build up the peace, co-existence and reconciliation among the nations in Negombo.  It decided to implement poster campaign and fix the cutouts highlighting various religious quotes in different places in Negombo. The purpose of the campaign is to request people to protect peace without engaging with any incident which direct to violate peace in the area. We attempted to build religious restraint of the people through this.  This campaign was conducted from 16 to 18 in May, 2019 based on Negombo.


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