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People’s Response To Setting Up TJ Mechanisms

One of NPC’s main areas of work this year has been to spread awareness on Transitional Justice (TJ) at the grassroots level. NPC is supporting the government’s measures to go ahead with establishing the best mechanisms to implement TJ in Sri Lanka to move the country from a post-war situation to one where people of different religions and ethnicities live in unity and harmony.

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Report on Civil Society Consultation on Strengthening Reconciliation Process held at the National Peace Council on March 10, 2016

NPC initiated a discussion with civil society organisations from several districts of the country on strengthening the reconciliation process on March 10, 2016. The government has taken an initiative to set up a public consultative process on the transitional framework for reconciliation. This is led by a 11 member National Consultation Task Force comprising civil society members set up by the Secretariat for Coordinating Reconciliation Mechanisms based in the Prime Minister's Secretariat.

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The National Peace Council’s Submissions to the Constitutional Reform Committee

A 20 member Public Representations Committee (PRC) on Constitutional Reforms was appointed by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to obtain proposals from the public for the proposed constitutional reforms. Committee members were nominated by political parties while some were appointed to represent civil society.

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NPC Promotes Ethnic Coexistence Through Religion

Under Phase Two of its Reconciling Inter Religious and Inter Ethnic Differences (RIID) project, NPC held a National Inter Religious Symposium on November 5 at the Sri Lanka Foundation.

About 150 religious leaders, civil society leaders and NPC partners attended the Symposium. Members of the nine District Inter Religious Committees (DIRC) set up under the project shared stories of successfully averting conflicts arising from ethnic and religious tension.

Phase Two of the RIID project, funded by USAID/SPICE, revitalised a group of existing DIRCs through capacity building and networking at the district and national level. Of the nine DIRCs in the project, Jaffna, Mannar, Puttalam, Galle, Matara, Batticaloa and Ampara were already established by NPC while Kandy and Nuwara Eliya were newly created to address a rising number of incidents of inter religious and inter ethnic tension in the country and to build on the lessons learnt from the existing DIRCs.

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Brief Narrative of Activities of Reconciling Inter‐Religious and Inter‐Ethnic Differences (RIID)

Assessment of the partners and DIRCs
During the reporting period of November and December 2013, National Peace Council of Sri Lanka (NPC) conducted the assessments of partners and District Inter Religious Committees (DIRCs) to gauge their existing capacity. Eight partners and 6 DIRCs were assessed. These assessments were carried out by Strategic Inspirations (Pvt) Ltd. Upon completion of the assessments, profiles for 8 partners and 6 DIRCs have been prepared. The draft report has also been sent to NPC and finalization of the report is in progress.

As per the schedule of the assessments sent to the donor by NPC with the November Report, it was accomplished as of the reporting date as follows:

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Creative Writing and Photography Activities

The National Peace Council recognizes that promoting understanding through creative media is very effective in the process of building peace and reconciliation, if also helps to dissipate social and political tensions in society while creating a space for articulating different viewpoints and opinions to respect the diversity of values, cultures, faiths, ideas and identity of others.

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LLRC Conference in Mannar

An awareness program on LLRC report was conducted on May 18th and 19th at Gnanodaya Training Centre at Mannar. This program was sponsored by “Meeting Humanitarian Needs through Inter Religious Cooperation and Collective Community Action Project” of NPC.

The objective of the program was to create an awareness on LLRC report among the District Inter-Religious activists of NPC.

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04-day residential Training of Trainer (ToT) workshop on the topic of “National Reconciliation through LLRC Implementation

The National Peace Council successfully completed a 04-day residential Training of Trainer (ToT) workshop on the topic of “National Reconciliation through LLRC Implementation:  Civil Society Initiative for a Home-grown Solution to Reconciliation”. The training started on Thursday 17th January and ended on 20th January 2013. The training was conducted at the Hector Kobbekaduwa Agrarian Research and Training institute (HARTI) by national recognized resource persons and experts in the key thematic areas of the LLRC.
The main objective of the training was to form a core group of grassroots civil society actors/ trainers on LLRC recommendations as the first step to initiate grassroots process of national reconciliation. Based on NPC’s selection criteria, 20 civil society actors were selected for the training from 14 districts of Srilanka.  The participants came from Galle, Matara, Puttalam, Kurunegala, Anuradapura, Kalutara, Ratnapura, Polonnaruwa, Ampara, Vavuniya, Jaffna, Mannar, Trincomalee and Batticaloa. There were 13 male and 7 female participants; and all ethnic groups were represented in the group as follow Sinhala 08, Tamil 06 and Muslim 06.   
The group activities and participative exercises stimulated the participants and they identified that the topics covered during the training were most useful. Participants indicated that they gained substantial knowledge about the LLRC and were encouraged to mobilize their communities on LLRC and its contents.   
At the end of the training, participants were given an opportunity to conduct a presentation on the LLRC. The presentations were evaluated by an expert in communications and that proceeded to give helpful advice and tips to the participants with regard to improving their presentation skills on the field.  . Each participant’s presentation was videotaped and provided to them for the purpose of personal reflection and self-learning.

4-days residential Training of Trainer (ToT) programme on the topic of “National Reconciliation through LLRC Implementation"

The National Peace Council (NPC) will be conducting a 4-days residential Training of Trainer (ToT) programme on the topic of “National Reconciliation through LLRC Implementation:  Civil Society Initiative for a Home-grown Solution to Reconciliation” starting on Thursday, 17th January, 2013.  The ToT is to be held at the Hector Kobbakaduwa Agrarian Research and Training Institute (HARTI), Colombo 6.  The participants of the ToT (representing 12 districts) will receive a comprehensive training on LLRC recommendations and their implications on transitional justice, ethnic harmony, governance, gender, and national healing by a group of 7 nationally recognized experts.

A workshop on conflict sensitivity, peace building and Social Media

With the objective of improving the capacity of the partner organizations that come under Partnership for Peace-Strengthening Multi-Level Civil Society Collaboration for Peace, Democracy and Human Rights project, a workshop on conflict sensitivity, peace building and media training was held at the Ecumenical, Colombo, in both Sinhala and Tamil Media on 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th of last October.

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International Children’s Day commemoration at Jaffna

International Children’s Day was commemorated at Yal Vannai Samachchi Ammans Hall in Jaffna on 1st October 2012.Child day 4

The Centre for Women’s Development, a partner organisation under Partnership for Peace-Strengthening Multi-Level Civil Society Collaboration for Peace, Democracy and Human Rights project organized this program in Jaffna.

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