The International day in support of the Torture survivors was held at the Pushpadana hall Kandy SriLanka on the 26th Sunday June 2011, at 2.00 p.m. with 350 participants, torture survivors and their family members, the families of the disappeared, the ex-prisoners and their families, the winners of the 2010 essay and poster competitions, the members of the support groups, the religious, the priests and the well-wishers.
The days programme commenced with religious observations followed by the lighting of the traditional oil lamp. The chief guests were the Torture survivors, and the guests of honor were the Vicar General of the Kandy diocese Fr. Milroy Fonseka, Mrs. Nandani Rajanayaka, the chief jailor of the prisons, Mr. Rukshan Fernando, Frs, Christy Paul, Ivan Jayasundara, and Joseph Miranda.
The purpose of the gathering was explained by Fr. Nandana Manatunga, the director of the Human Rights office, which was followed by the keynote address by Mr. Rukshan Fernando of the LST with a power point presentation and a discussion on the issue of Torture in Sri Lanka and the prevention.
The awards were then presented to the students of different schools and Sunday schools " Daham Pasalas" from the Central province, the winners of the 2010 Human Rights poster and essay competitions. It was noted that the majority of the winners from 120 schools, that took part in the competitions were from remote schools in the province. Few cultural items were presented by the students adding flavor to day’s programme.
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