The workshop for the priests and religious organized by the Human Rights office in Kandy with the theme 'Voiceless as the Basis for Dialogue in Life' was held at Retreat House Lewella from the 18th - 21st July 2011 with 29 participants from the north and south of Sri Lanka. The participants were also exposed to the dysfunctional judicial system as they attended the Rape case of Jresudasan Rita, a rape victim, who struggle for Justice since 2001 August 12th. The participants sat at the High court at Nuwara-Eliya on the 19th July on the second day of the workshop to witness the cross examination of the witness Jesudasan Rita by the counsel of the accused.
A days' session on documentation was conducted by Mr. Rukshan Fernando of the "Law society and Trust" and the biblical background" Evolving a theology/ spirituality for Peace, in the context of Sri Lanka was presented by Dr.ShirleyWijesinghe.
Discussions were focused on detainees without trial both in prisons and in detention centers and the use of the democratic space to seek justice on behalf of the victims. Several deliberations were agreed upon by the participants as a follow-up until the next meeting in February 2012 schedule to be held in Mannar. Mr. Philip Setunga and Fr. Nandana Manatunga facilitated the workshop.
Human Rights Office Kandy, Torture in Sri Lanka, Disappearances in Sri Lanka, Healing and Counseling
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