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NPC’s District Inter Religious Committees (DIRCS) conducted several seminars and awareness raising activities around the country in the wake of the Constitutional crisis triggered by President Maithripala Sirisena’s sacking of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe.

Friday, 07 December 2018 17:52

NPC Promotes Democracy and the Constitution

NPC, in collaboration with local civil society organizations, held several activities to explain the current Constitutional crisis to the public and to promote democracy in the country. Initially there was a consultative meeting with 33 District Inter Religious Committee (DIRC) coordinators from 21 districts.

Friday, 07 December 2018 17:48

Human Rights Training in Four Districts

Advanced Training programmes for District Human Rights First Aid Centres were held in Matara, Trincomalee, Hambantota and Moneragala under NPC’s project, Accountability Through Community Engagement and Initiatives for Transition (ACE-IT), in collaboration with its partner, Right to Life Human Rights Centre.

Training on Transitional Justice (TJ) for students of Peradeniya University was held under NPC’s project, Youth Engagement with Transitional Justice for Long-lasting Peace in Sri Lanka.

Friday, 07 December 2018 07:24

Promoting Peace With Business Community

The District Inter Religious Committees (DIRC) in Batticoloa and Trincomalee decided to work with the business communities to promote inter faith dialogue on peace and reconciliation because the business communities had capacity to link different faith and ethnic groups in the market, place under NPC’s project Inter-faith and Inter-ethnic dialogue in Sri Lanka.

NPC has entered into a partnership to implement a new project, Social Cohesion and Reconciliation (SCORE), funded by USAID and implemented by Global Communities. The other partners are the Association of Women Affected by War (AWAW) and Shanthiham Association for Health and Counseling.

Friday, 07 December 2018 07:22

NPC Project Wins Impact Award

NPC’s project Religions to Reconcile won the 2018 Samsung Generations For Peace Award for impact at its annual awards ceremony in Jordan. The award was presented by Generations For Peace Founder and Chairman, Prince Feisal Al Hussein.

Friday, 07 December 2018 07:21

Rule of Law Training for LIRC Members

Two training programmes on the rule of law were conducted for members of Local Inter Religious Committees (LIRCs) in Weligama and Beruwala under NPC’s project, Collective Engagement for Religious Freedom (CERF).

An NPC-supported report on the anti-Muslim violence that occurred in Digana and Kandy in March this year, which included recommendations on how to prevent such incidents in the future, was presented to around 150 civil society leaders, government officials, academics and lawyers in Kandy.

Wednesday, 14 November 2018 14:57

Civil Society Assesses its Situation

Several leaders of civil society organisations met at the Methodist Church Headquarters in Colombo to assess their situation. Bishop Asiri Perera said the situation in the country had deteriorated since they had last met several months ago. The country’s leaders were less interested in good governance than in who should rule. There were rumours of snap elections. Those against peace and reconciliation were vociferous.