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Leadership Training Workshop for Community Leaders

Written By NAFSO on Friday, January 30, 2015 | 4:20:00 PM

   NAFSO conducted a training workshop for the community leaders with the objectives of    
       Formation of campaign  leaders’ team to address land issues and to facilitate the dialogue in the  community level for educate people, and continue the campaign. Forming a network from the community leaders on land issues and Initiation the dialogue on land policy  based on VGGT (Volunteer Guideline on Governance of tenure). 
following subjected areas will be discussed during the 2 day long program.  
1)    Analyze the present political context and present situation on Each issues which we have already        start the campaign.
2)    Basic legal knowledge on land laws in Sri Lanka related the issues 
3)    Discuss about the guide lines though  VGGT hand book and more 
            4)    Find out the campaign strategies and how to get the leadership to continue the campaigns in each                   issue.
            5)    Prepare the specific campaign action plan for the next six month.    
            6) Varieties of Leadership/ Develop Qualities of Leadership.  
            7)    Discuss about the VGGT hand book and more. 
            8)    Basic legal knowledge on land laws in Sri Lanka.
            About 40 participants from Jaffna, Mannar, Puthlam, Trincomalee, Polonnaruwa, Baticaloa, Ampara,            Kurunegala,Monaragala, Gall and Mathara districts were participated.

Protesters demands Chief Justice to go home

Written By NAFSO on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 | 2:57:00 PM

After controversial impeachment of former CJ Shirani Bandaranayake in 2012, former precedent Mahinda Rajapaksha appointed Mohan Peiris as CJ in Sri Lanka.
Civil society with lawyer associations lobbied against the appointment of Mohan Peiris as soon as he appointed as CJ. But Previous government did not took any action against he is a political appointment of the former precedent.
Today (28.01.2015) layer associations together with civil society and political members of present government's partner parties were conducted a strong protest in front of supreme court.
According to unconfirmed news, previous CJ, Mrs. Shirani Bandaranayake has appointed temporary as CJ by the government stating that Mohan Peiris is a illegal appointment.
(Photo and Video Credit: Lankadeepa Online and NAFSO)

Destructive fishing practices rising back under good governance shade

Written By NAFSO on Monday, January 26, 2015 | 5:34:00 PM

Destructive fishing practices are rising again in Sri Lankan waters. Light luring purse seine (light course) fishing is illegal to conduct in within the range of 7km from shoreline in Sri Lanka according to the number 02 act of 1996. but the law was not executed until legal action taken by the National Fisheries Solidarity few years back. 

Except few localized illegal light purse seine fishing activities in  Eastern area of the sea, Dr. Rajitha Senarathne former fisheries minister, was able to minimize the damage to the fisheries resources through destructive fishing practices. According to the small scale fishers, only after these activities controlled, they were being able to catch amount of fish that made enough earning to cover the expenses of fishing and day today living. 

After new government came in to power, fishers have started illegal activities with the equipment and fishing gears kept hidden for about two years. Newly appointed fisheries minister must take necessary actions to prevent destructive fishing activities since main reason for electing of new government is to establish law and order in the country.  

Street campaign team gathered

Written By NAFSO on Saturday, January 17, 2015 | 11:56:00 AM

Weediye virodaya (street campaign against craz) team gathered to revise the work done during presidential election time period. 
The team worked for change in the regime with reforms for democratic country. 
The most difficult part, which was changing regime already completed. Now it is time to work for most valuable part of the campaign which is work for reforms. New president elected has declared 100 day reform program. 
It is time for the civil society to work as watchdog. 
Weediye virodaya team conducted two day planning session for future work. 
Establishment of new structure was initiated and work to be conducted discussed and planned. 
About 50 key persons from civil society organizations were participated to the two days program 

Death threats issues to three human rights activists

Written By NAFSO on Wednesday, January 07, 2015 | 6:19:00 PM

Today, on 7th January 2015, three human rights activists have received death threats over telephone ( Click here to listen the audio) from sources that have refused to identify themselves, but have appeared to be connected with security authorities. 

The human rights activists who received these death threats are Mr. Brito Fernando, Mr. Phillip Dissanayake and Mr. Prasanga Fernando – all of whom work with the Right to Life organization and the organization of the families of the disappeared in Sri Lanka. 

They have also been in the recent past taking part and actively campaigning for the common opposition candidate in the presidential election of Maithripala Sirisena on the basis that massive human rights violations have taken place and are taking place in Sri Lanka and that these need to be stopped. 

Brito Fernando and Prasanga Fernando have also received threats by way of hanging freshly killed dogs’ heads in their homes earlier this week. 

One such death threat has been recorded and is also produced as part of this Statement. 

During the conversation the speaker says that ‘he has already spoken to Brito Fernando and has already told him what “they” intend to do’. He further says that “we know all the details about you, your wifes and about your children; … and we know where they travel and where they can be found. We also know where your children go to school. We will teach you a lesson first, before we deal with your big people… before we do that we will get all the details from you about what you do… you have been involved in some matters relating to the Anuradhapura Police. We know all about that. We know how to get information from you once we get hold of you. It is after obtaining this information that we will finally deal with you… make your funeral arrangements at your homes. 

 Details relating to the earlier threats have been published in several media channels and you may find the details at the following link.

The Asian Human Rights Commission condemns these dastard, coward, and mean acts of issuing death threats and we are also warning the public that carrying out of such death threats could actually take place in this environment of the upcoming presidential elections on 8th January 2015

We ask the Government of Sri Lanka and the Inspector General of Police to investigate into this matter with immediate effect and we will also inform all human rights organizations in Sri Lanka and overseas about these threats. 

We will also inform all the Embassies in Sri Lanka and the United Nation’s about these threats.

We ask President Mahinda Rajapaksa to immediately take appropriate action to find the culprits and apprehend them. In the event no such action is taken it may appear that such death threats are being made with President Rajapaksa’s direct or indirect approval. 

Source: AHRC

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