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Letter concernining safety Mr Kumara

H.E. Mr. Buddhi K. Athauda Date: March 1, 2012
Embassy of Sri Lanka
Jakob de Graefflaan 2
2517 JM Den Haag

File no: W
Correspondence no: 2012/01186/WOTR
Phone: +31 (0)70 344 05 52
Fax: +31 (0)70 381 98 74
E-mail: h.molenaar@nwo.nl

Fax number: 0031-70-3465596

Subject: Concerns for safety of Mr Herman Kumara (NAFSO)

Your Excellency,

Through the University of Amsterdam we were informed on their concerns about the safety of Mr Herman Kumara of the National Fisheries Solidarity Movement (NAFSO). Mr Herman Kumara is one of the consortium partners in the project entitled ‘Re-incorporating the excluded: Providing space for small-scale fishers in the sustainable development of fisheries of South Africa and South Asia’. This research project is funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Netherlands within the framework of the CoCooN programme, carried out under secretariat of the NWO division WOTRO Science for Global Development.
Apparently, Mr Kumara has been threatened, following the recent increase in fuel prices and the protests that followed.

We would be obliged if you would consider to assist in resolving this worrying situation.

Yours sincerely,

Dr. H.A. Molenaar
Executive Director NWO-WOTRO

Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research
WOTRO Science for Global Development