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Fact Finding Through Work Camp in Jaffna 04 – 07 June 2010

We have held this work camp because youth from southern had been requesting us for this kind of activity when they listened to the views of youth from Jaffna at the youth camp held in Galle on last December. These Southern participants are represented several districts in Sri Lanka such as Matara, Anuradhapura, Ratnapura, Kurunegalle and Colombo. The main idea of this work camp was to develop great bond between different communities. In additional, this space provided participants to see the damages happened to the area by themselves and opportunities to talk with people who came back to their home areas and resettled. Not only that, participants were also able to explain their experiences in the North to those of the South and this created empathy in them towards the sufferings of the people in the Jaffna region.

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Meeting Humanitarian Needs through Inter-Religious Co-operation Jaffna 25th May 2010

This programme was the Inaugural session of a Multi-religious cooperation in the Jaffna district under the broader theme of “Enabling Humanitarian Solutions through Multi-religious Cooperation and Cohesive Community Response in Sri Lanka” with the grant obtained from the European Commission. 

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Human Rights Quiz Competition & Award Ceremony in Trincomalee District

A human rights quiz competition among Advanced level students in the Trincomalee District was successfully completed in January 2009. A total of 543 students participated from Muthur, Kinniya, Trincomalee and Kantale Zonal Educational areas and 44 participants were awarded prizes at Divisional and District levels. The availability of young leaders from schools in the Trincomalee District who were aware of human rights was an important output of this programme.

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Workshop on “Understanding of the Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka” - 11th May 2010 –Head office Colombo

NPC has held a workshop on “Understanding of the Ethic Conflict in Sri Lanka” for 25 Sri Lankan students studying in Bangladesh at the Asian University for women. The University specializes in developing female leadership throughout Asian countries.

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NPC organizes Public Forum on ''Non Devolutionary Constitutional Reforms"

National Peace Council is organizing a Public Forum entitled ''Non Devolutionary Constitutional Reforms: An Alternative or Supplement to Devolution?” This event is being held on Tuesday the 27th of October 2009 between 3.00 p.m. and 5.30 p.m. at Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute, Horton Place, Colombo 07.

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NPC holds Community Advocacy Meetings on CAFOD Peace Building through Power Sharing Project

Throughout September, the NPC has held a number of community advocacy meetings as part of the CAFOD funded project designed to raise awareness about power sharing in Sri Lanka.  Members of NPC have visited the districts of Galle, Hambantota, Anuradhapura, Colombo, Kurunagala, Ampara and Ratnapura to engage with local communities about power sharing issues.

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NPC conducts Consultative Meetings for the National Conference on Pluralism

In the run-up to the National Pluralism Conference, NPC is conducted a series of consultative meetings with members of local communities in each of the ten districts (Colombo, Galle, Kurunagalle, Kandy, Trincomalee, Batticaloa, Matara, Ampara, Puttalam and Nuwaraelliya)around the country where NPC has previously held pluralism workshops.  At each meeting, community members have been asked to identify three main issues concerning pluralism in their area to bring with them for discussion at the national conference.  Among these are general discussions on pluralism as well as meetings with a particular ethnic group or section of society, such as Muslims or university students.  This ensures that the national conference will address the full scope of the subject of pluralism, its powers and its limits.  

Consultative Conference on Pluralism - Monday 12th October 2009

Consultative Conference on PluralismOn Monday 12th October 2009 one hundred and fifty people came together to discuss building peace by accommodating and celebrating diversity. This event bought together the key representatives from the different communities that have been involved in the pluralism workshops that have taken place over the last year. The National Peace Council (NPC) also warmly welcomed key figures in the religious community as well as international delegates and representatives from the business, media and plantation sectors.

 

 

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NPC conducts workshop on Non-Violent Conflict Resolution

 
NPC conducted a workshop in Colombo entitled Non-Violent Conflict Resolution over three days between 28th and 30th August 2009.

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NPC conducts workshop on 'The Power and Limits of Pluralism in Sri Lanka' in Kurunegala

National Peace Council of Sri Lanka conducted a workshop on 'The Power and Limits of Pluralism in Sri Lanka' in Kurunegala. The event took place at Hotel Bluesky in the Kurunegalle Town on the 22nd of August, 2009.

The event was structured into four sessions, the first being introduction of the objectives to participants, second on ‘understanding Pluralism’, third on ‘Issues and Proposed strategies for promoting pluralism in Kurunegala’ and fourth and the final being evaluation of the program.

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