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Demonstration in Colombo

Demonstration was held in Colombo fort on 6th of April asking the people and leaders of the country to protect the victory against the craze, demolish the racism from the society and asked from parliament members to help to get approved the 19th amendment of the constitution and aggravate the resolving the issues the war effected people in North and East.
 Street dramas, singing and Drawing events and distribution of leaflets were among the activities done during the demonstration. Activist of Civil society organizations, religious leaders, People from North and East and members of several political parties and hundreds of community members were participated to the event.

World Women's Day Commemorated at Negombo

Written By NAFSO on Saturday, March 28, 2015 | 10:12:00 PM

"Sri Vimukthi" Fisher Women Organization  commemorated World Women's Day at Negombo, which was postponed due to unavoidable reasons to 28th March. 
Started as a small group with about 15 women members in year 2000, whose husbands are in Indian Jail  for several months after taking in to custody by Indian coast guards, Sri Vimukthi Fisher women organization play a major role in defending rights of the women and fishers in the country. 
During the program, they displayed the time line of  the organization with achievements on story boards.  

Joseph Michael, Parliament Minister for Home affairs and Roys Fernando,Gampaha District organizer of United National Party were participated as main guests of the program. 
Addressing the people, Joseph Michel Perera stated that he wish to start a program to help women and poor families to increase income up to 30,000 Rupees per month and a loan scheme which will provide money to women for very low interest rate. Several requests were produced by participants including 30% quota for women in parliament. 
During the speech Mr.Roys told that women was used by politicians for their party politics but it will never happen again in the future with this government. "I will take the responsibility of not let them use you again" he added. 
Mr. Herman Kumara, Convener of NAFSO, Ven. Bandiwawa Diayasena Thero and Pradeep Wanigasooriya, administrative secretary of NAFSO were also among the speakers of the event.     
Pesticide Action Network Asia and Pacific (PANAP) conducting a international campaign against land grabbing  on 29th of March as day of the landless. Based on the international level campaign, NAFSO with the Sri Vimukthi Organization conducted a demonstration with placards and banners under the theme of No LAND No LIFE. Human rights, Land and other Resource grabbing were among the topics of the speeches given in the event. A drama were also presented to educate the participants on relevant issues.  
During the program, Post cards were distributed among participated women to write down their issues seeking for answers and later collected to send them to the relevant authorities of the government. apart from that a open space for write down the issues and expectations of the children, women and men were also provided.      
Hundreds of women and men from several districts were participated to the program.It was held successfully near main bus terminal of the Negombo city. 

ධීවරයන් වෙනුවෙන් පක්‍ෂයක් A political party for Fisher Community

Written By NAFSO on Monday, March 23, 2015 | 3:36:00 PM

22 මාර්තු 2015 
එක්සත් ධීවර ජනතා පෙරමුණ නමින් අලුත් දේශපාලන පක්‍ෂයක් මීගමුවේ දී පිහිටුවා ගෙන ඇති අතර මෙහි ඡන්ද ලකුණ ලෙස ඩොල්ෆින් මත්සයා ද වර්ණය ලෙස රන්වන් පැහැය ද භාවිතා කිරීමට තීරණය විය.
මූලික නිලධාරි මණ්ඩලය අතරට ජාතික නායක ලෙස හර්මන් කුමාර, ජාතික සංවිධායක ලෙස ඇන්ටනි ෆොන්සේකා හා ජාතික ලේකම් හා අනුශාසක ලෙස පූජ්‍ය බැදිවැව දියසේන හිමියන් ද තෝරා පත් කර ගෙන තිබේ.
මේ අවස්ථාවට එක් වූ අප වාර්තාකරු ප්‍රසාද් පුර්ණමාල් ජයමාන්න ප්‍රකාශ කළේ පක්ෂය පිහිටුවීමේ අවස්ථාවට ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ දිස්ත්‍රික්ක කීපයකින් ම ධීවර නායකයන් හා ධීවරයන් එක් ව සිටි බවයි.
A new political party for fisher community has been created. A dolphin as the logo, Maroon and gold as party Color  and named as United Fisher Peoples' Front have been proposed. 
Mr. Herman Kumara have been selected as National Leader of the party while Mr.Antony Fonseka as national organizer and Ven. Bandiwewa Diyasena thero as adviser. 
Fisher community leaders and fishers from several district have been participated to the event held in Negombo. 

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