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Southern Province Inter-Religious Conference in Galle (April 28)

The Southern Province Inter-Religious Conference will be held on the 28th of April from 9.00am to 2.00pm at Hasara Hotel, Galle under the project “Enabling Humanitarian solutions through Multi religious Cooperation and Cohesive Community Response in Sri Lanka” of the National Peace Council,

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Training workshop on Conflict Sensitivity- Batticaloa

A workshop on Conflict Sensitivity organized by" Peace and Community Action" was held on April 3rd and 4th at ESCO institute Batticaloa.

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Inter Religious Council Committee meeting, Sothern Province - Galle

The Southern Province Inter Religious Council Committee meeting was held on March 28th and 29th at Galle. This committee represents the Inter Religious Councils of Galle, Matara, Kurunegala and Anuradapura districts. This comes under the National Peace Council's project "Providing humanitarian needs of war affected women and children through inter religious cooperation".

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Training workshop to improve the capacity of the partner organisations

Under the NPC project "Partnership for peace - strengthening multi level civil society collaboration for Peace, Democracy and Human Rights" a training workshop to improve the capacities of the partner organisations on project management, financial management and Logical frame approach was held on April 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th at Lasalian centre, Modara, Colombo.

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A new project for Peace and Democracy

The National Peace Council (NPC) with the financial assistance of the European Union launched a new project called "Partnership for Peace-Strengthening Multi-Level Civil Society Collaboration for Peace, Democracy and Human Rights" in February 2012.

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Follow up: The South visits the North

The National Peace Council recently organized a series of ‘exposure’ tours for religious and civil society leaders throughout the country. Earlier we reported on the visit of a group of participants of Northern Sri Lanka to the South. Last September a group representing the South visited in their turn counterparts in the North with the goal to bridge the divide and differences between communities and to get a good idea of realities and problems in the North.

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Beginning With A Hello! – A Route to Reconciliation

{xtypo_dropcap}T{/xtypo_dropcap}he National Peace Council recently organized a tour for several religious and civil society members from the northern districts of Mannar, Jaffna and Vavuniya as well Puttalam to visit their counterparts in the Southern cities of Galle and Matara. The five day visit was conceptualized with the intention of bridging the divide between the communities in the North and South of Sri Lanka. The three decade long military conflict perpetuated and entrenched this divide, forcing the Tamils and the Sinhalese to perceive each other through the actions of military entities.

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GOVERNMENT SAW THE DANGERS AHEAD

{xtypo_dropcap}T{/xtypo_dropcap}he government’s decision to end the state of emergency under which the country has been governed for the past six years has been universally welcomed.  The emergency law permitted the government to clamp down on political life at the same time as it strengthened the government in coping with national security issues.  Therefore whatever the governments motives in removing the emergency, this action will help to open up space for greater democracy.   This is why the leaders of opposition parties and members of civic and business associations have been vocal in expressing their satisfaction at this government move. But concerns have also been expressed that the government may negate its ending of the emergency regime by substituting a repressive new law in place of it or by adding to the Prevention of Terrorism Act which will remain in force.

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Enabling Humanitarian Solutions through Inter-religious Cooperation Flood Relief from Anuradhapura t

{xtypo_dropcap}M{/xtypo_dropcap}any parts in the country were flooded due to heavy rains and it was observed that Batticaloa was the highly affected district. People faced many problems in their lives, for instance; lack of food and pure drinking water was their main problem, lack of hygienic and safe shelter, unavailability of transportation facility due to flood damaged road networks were among many other difficulties they were facing.

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WORKSHOP ON NON VIOLENT COMMUNICATION- STAGE II

Stage II of the training workshop on Non violent Communication (NVC) for the NPC staff was conducted by the Center for Communication Training (CCT), in collaboration with the Peace Education Unit of NPC, from the 3rd to the 4th of November, 2010. The workshop was held at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute (SLFI). A total of 18 NPC staff members attended the training workshop which was conducted in the Sinhala medium.

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