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Training to build the secondary leadership for the campaign against port city

Written By NAFSO on Thursday, March 08, 2018 | 11:29:00 AM

Training to build the secondary leadership for the campaign against port city
March 02-03
Two days training was organized by the People’s Movement Against Port city to build the secondary leadership to strengthen the people’s campaign against the port city construction  on 2/3 of March 2018 at the training center  of National Fisheries Solidarity Movement. 25 trainees from Sri Vimukthi Fisher Women Organization and Janavaboda Center in Negombo participated in the training. 
Committee members of People’s Movement Against Port City such as Prof. Sumanasiri Liyanage, Farther Sarath Iddamalgoda,  Sister Noyel Kristeen, Mr. Herman Kumara, Mr. Anthony Jesudasan, Mrs. Laksiri Fernando, Mrs. Subashini Deepa and Mrs. Lavina Hasanthi participated as resource persons in the training. 
The session of “developing port city and economic” was facilitated by Prof. Sumanasiri Liyanage, Father Sarath Iddamalgoda and Sister Noyel Kristeen with the discussion of the participants. An assessment of the process and engagement of the people and  civil organizations to build up the movement was done by Mr. Anthony Jesudasan and Mrs. Subashini Deepa. Mr. Sampath Samarakoon involved developing the media strategy and  program based on the people’s campaign.  The training has given a priority for a “SWOT” analyze to assess the strengthen, Weakness, Opportunities and Threads of the campaign against the port city. That was a good opportunity for the participants to review and plan the future  of campaigning against the port city. 
In the training, there was a discussion about the “environmental impact” in order to developing the port city. This discussion was facilitated by Mr. Laksiri Fernando. Prof. Sumanasiri Liyanage facilitated the discussion on “Port city and Strategic Development in the country” as well as Mr. Herman Kumara facilitated the session which was given initiate to indentify the” future actions” in order to enhance the campaign against the port city construction. 
Sister Noyel Kristeen invited to the people those who would like to join hand in hand to strengthen the people’s movement against the port city as well as she prayed to stopping the port city   giving a “spiritual message.” 

Herman Kumara to be awarded with “TO DO Award Human Rights in Tourism“

Internationally recognised human rights defender committed to the cause of fisher folk in Sri Lanka whose fishing grounds are threatened by tourism projects

Seefeld, 14/02/2018 – The internationally recognised human rights defender and head of the National Fisheries Solidarity Movement Sri Lanka, Herman Kumara, will this year be awarded with the “TO DO Award Human Rights in Tourism“. In 2018, it is the second time already that the prize will be awarded by Studienkreis für Tourismus und Entwicklung (Institute for Tourism and Development) in cooperation with the Roundtable Human Rights in Tourism and Studiosus Reisen München. The award ceremony will take place on 8th March 2018 at 4:30 pm at ITB in Berlin.
Herman Kumara has for 22 years been heading the “National Fisheries Solidarity Movement“ (NAFSO), a network of 17 fisheries organisations, trade unions and other civil society organisations in Sri Lanka. He has received several awards. The human rights defender and his organisation work for the recognition of traditional fishery and land rights, for the education and training of women and children, and for people displaced by the war. Other focus areas of his work include the protection of natural resources, peace between the various ethnic and religious groups, and a sturdy economic and social development of fishing communities. Mr. Kumara sees himself as a facilitator building bridges between ethnic and religious groups and keeps seeking dialogue with international stakeholders.
“The government’s tourism strategy disregards the rights of local people and deprives them of their livelihoods“, says Herman Kumara. He put together multi-ethnic research teams, who in their conversations with affected fishermen brought to light the facts from local people’s perspectives. The people are all too often unable to cope with rapid tourism development and their existence is under threat. Mr. Kumara defines the objective of his work as “a successful coexistence in terms of a kind of tourism that benefits everyone, without human rights being violated”.

After its successful premiere last year, the ”TO DO Award Human Rights in Tourism“ is going to be awarded for the second time. Upon the initiative of Studienkreis für Tourismus und Entwicklung (Institute for Tourism and Development) and in close cooperation with theRoundtable Human Rights in Tourism (an association of stakeholders from civil society, from the tourism industry and politics) criteria have been developed for this award which is to be given on an annual basis. Potential candidates for the award include initiatives, projects, and individuals who make outstanding efforts to protect and respect human rights principles along the entire touristic value chain. An expert jury will select potential award winners and then evaluate their efforts.

“Especially as it is an anniversary year of human rights – 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – we are glad to see that human rights have successfully been established as an issue in tourism. Understood in this way, the human rights of employees and the local population in the destinations must never be compromised“, says Claudia Mitteneder, Executive Director of Studienkreis. “Our strong partners who are with us, such as the German Commission for UNESCO, show that together we can make a difference and that we are able to sensitise tourists for this issue“.

The “TO DO Award Human Rights in Tourism 2018” will be awarded on Thursday, 8th March 2018, at 4:30 pm at ITB, Palais am Funkturm. Herman Kumara will be present and will receive the prize. 

Research Report Launching and National Dialouge on Land issues and Livehood in VANNI Region, 28th February 2018 Sri Lanka Foundation in Colombo

Written By NAFSO on Wednesday, March 07, 2018 | 1:23:00 PM

Research Report Launching and National  Dialogue on Land issues and Livelihood
in VANNI Region
28th February 2018
Sri Lanka Foundation in Colombo

2022 declared International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture

Written By NAFSO on Saturday, March 03, 2018 | 9:02:00 PM

Research Report Lunching and National Diolouge on Land issues and Livelihood in VANNI Region

Written By NAFSO on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 | 12:46:00 PM

Research Report Lunching and National Diolouge on Land issues and Livelihood in VANNI Region

26th February 2018
Twon Hall in Mullaithevu

National Dialogue was conducted on Land issues and livelihood in Vaanni Region at the Town Hall in Mullaithivu on 26th Feb 2017 by National Fisheries Solidarity Movement and Society for Threatened People(STP). more than 300 people took part in the event. During the Dialogue the The research Report on Military Land grabbing was launched . The report was handed over to the Minister of Women and Children affair of Northern Urban council Mrs.Ananthi Sashitharan by NAFSO and STP. Participants were present from 15 districts and joined hands with the Land struggle.  many struugle leaders shared their experiences and was highlighted the unity of the Land struggles.

following the National dialogue and Report launching , A march was conducted by the participants towards the District Seceretariat of Mullaithivu.. The protestors demanded to release the land of Kepapilavu as promised.

People who participated to the land and livelihoods report launching at Mullathivu came to the Street and demands thier rights to the government.Mathara,Galle,Gampaha,kandy,polonnaruwa,Kurunagala,Batticoloa, Colombo, Ampara, Mannar,Killinochchi, Jaffna and Mullathivu participated these events.


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