At the outset Fr. Nandana Manatunga introducing the legal panel of experts, explained the importance of shepherds becoming aware of the present legal system as many of our faithful seek the assistance of their shepherds, when members of their community are questioned, arrested and detained often with fabricated charges.
Fundamental issues in the breakdown of the Rule of Law and the defects in the justice system were also discussed. Legal frame work in protecting the Rights of the children were explained by the lawyers and the role of the Religious & Priests in assisting the process was clearly explained. The panel included, the senior counsel Mr. Titus Manatunga, Mr. Padmadakshan, Ms. Surangika Ranaweera, Mr. Roshan Rafael, Ms. Thanuja Ekanayake, Mr. Supun Ratnayake and Mr. Suren D. Perera.