“Dignity and Justice to all of us”
“Civil society members have to come together to protect their Rights but unfortunately in Sri Lanka the civil society is divided and therefore there is no common goal and the Srilnkan identity is lost" Dr. Deepika Udagama made this remark during her key note address at the Human Rights Award Ceremony 2011 and explained the role of the civil society in ensuring their Rights. Dr. Deepthika Udagama was the chief guest at the Human Rights Award ceremony organized by the Human Rights office to felicitate the Human Rights activists and award the winners of the Debate, Art and Essay competitions organized in view of the International Human Rights day 2011.
The event was held at the Trinity College Kandy on the 10thof December 2011 with more than 1500 participants both students and activists. Bishop Vianney Fernando was the guest of honor who outlined the urgent need for committed Human Rights activists to protect and promote the Rights of the Citizens. Fr. Nandana Manatunga and the staff of the Human Rights office Kandy Sri Lanka felicitated 05 special people for their commitment for Justice in spite of challenges.
The theme for the 2011 Human Rights day Award ceremony was “Dignity and Justice to all of us ". Calling everyone to work for a society where Dignity of the human person is upheld and every citizen is Equal before the law. The participation of the school debate teams from the Central province was at the highest level and the competition lasted for almost 04 months.
The award ceremony was made colourful with dances and cultural items. The parents of the disappeared, families of the prisoners, Torture and rape survivors, legal and medical personal were also encouraged and appreciated for their commitment and courage in seeking Justice at a time when Justice delivery system is gradually failing.
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