On the 24th June 2016 the programme was held at the George E de Silva Park, in the heart of the Kandy city. It started off with the public gathering along with the religious leaders and the civil society actors. Fr Nandana Manatunga, the director of the Human Rights office, explained the purpose and the significance in commemorating the International Torture day. The coordinator of the Kandy Regional branch of the National Human Rights Commission Mrs. Kumudini Vithana explained why the civil society need to campaign against Torture. The Religious leaders, Buddhist, Catholic, Hindu and Muslim leaders then explained the evils of “Torture" from a religious perspective.