Rev. Sr. Nichola Emmanuel was awarded for upholding Christian values, for her commitment and dedicated services for the families of the disappeared and the families of the prisoners defending, protecting the Rights of the poor and the marginalized in the society.
The Torture survivor Chamila Bandara was awarded for their courage in voicing against Torture and other cruel, inhuman, degrading treatment and punishment, and seeking justice to punish the perpetrator police officers and the TID, during the most repressive regime, risking their lives and their families, breaking the silence of the suffering survivors of Torture.
The State Minister Eran Wickramaratne in his message, conveyed how honored he was by the invitation extended for the Human Rights Salutation. He sent his deepest regrets for being unable to attend as he was unexpectedly requested by the His Excellency the President to head the Sri Lankan delegation to the “One Planet Summit” in Paris.