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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2341

Peace, Reconciliation and Human Rights Walk at Independence Square

Colombo, 13 December, (Asiantribune.com):

The Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation with the support of the Youth Leaders’ Forum organized a Peace Reconciliation and Human Rights walk on 10th December 2017 and this date is globally identified as an international Human Rights day.

The Universal Human Rights declaration was adopted at the UN General Assembly by all member countries on 10th December 1948 and Sri Lanka also celebrated this day at the Independence Square by a walk which included over 2000 participants covering school children, youth, women, prisoners, Sunday religious school teachers, community police and other Governmental and Non-Governmental representatives on the 10th December 2017 said Mr. V. Sivagnanasothy, Secretary, Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation.

After the walk a gathering took place in the independence square where A.H.M.Fowzie, State Minister of National Integration and Reconciliation, Thilanka Sumathipala, Deputy Speaker, Dr. Harsha de Silva, Deputy Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, Angajan Ramanathan, Member of Parliament, V. Sivagnanasothy, Secretary , Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation, Dr. Deepika Udagama, Chairperson, Human Rights Commission and other special dignitaries participated.

The message conveyed not only “standing for your rights” but also “standing for the rights of someone else”. The values such as dignity, liberty, equality, freedom of movements, constitutional liberties, peaceful assembly, freedom of access to basic services, freedom of speech, protection from arbitrary arrest, prevent disappearances etc. were discussed in length. The event also included food festival which brought integration of multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, multi-religious societies through different food stalls and the event also included an exhibition on products.

Sri Lanka has developed a National Action Plan on Human Rights which has been approved by the Cabinet of Ministers said Mr. V. Sivagnanasothy, Secretary, Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation.

The walk also strongly advocated for unity in diversity, respecting multi-ethnic, multi-cultural societies and initiating reconciliation and peace building efforts to ensure sustainable peace.

The Forum also included Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from which focused on rights to safe drinking water/ sanitation, access to education, access to health services, access to decent jobs, access to equality, all of which are human rights oriented and are built into the SDGs and forums as integral part of Vision 2025 of the National Development Agenda.

- Asian Tribune -

Peace, Reconciliation and Human Rights Walk at Independence Square
Peace, Reconciliation and Human Rights Walk at Independence Square
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