A FOCUS ON LANGUAGE RIGHTS
A Press Conference was held on April 30
at theNational Libraries Institute, Colombo, to launchfindings of the Programme on Promotion of LanguageRights of Minorities, as well as to give information onupdates in the legal situation regarding languagerelated complaints submitted,at the National LibrariesInstitute, Colombo. 32 participants attended.
The panel comprised of SG Punchihewa, Dr DevanesanNesiah, Dr P. Saravanamuttu, Lionel Guruge, and
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Discussion on the LLRC
A two day event was held 24
Jan for civilsociety and other activists from across Sri Lanka todiscuss the LLRC, NHRAP, UPR preparations,advocacy related to 19
Session of the UNHRC andother significant issues. This event was co-organizedand co-hosted by CPA and a number of other civilsociety organizations.
S.Sivagurunathan . Panelists explained the outcomes of theprogramme for the media personnel present and repliedto questions of the media. A number of press reviewsfollowed, of the programme as well as television coverageon MTV News 1st , Rupavahini, Derana and TNL Radio, NethFM , Sirasa Radio among other channels, on the 30
, andfollowing dates.
Dr Saravanamuttu was also interviewed on MTVs Morning Show,23
May on CPAs contribution to setting up of LanguageSocieties and the progress of this programme
As a response to theincident inDambulla, whereRev. InamaluweSumangala andsupporters stormed amosque andthreatenedworshippers inabusive language,Groundviewslaunched an onlinesignature campaignto collect thesignatures andcomments ofconcerned citizens.
Groundviews,the CPA hosted citizens journalism website,initiated an on-linestatement titled
“Not InOur Name
”, that calledon Sri Lankans to putdown their names todenounce religiousextremism.The campaignran from 27
April – 31
May. The range of signatories and thecomments resulting, morethan 1400 in number ,kindled the interest of domestic andinternational media.Radio NetherlandsWorldwide reported onthis and Young AsiaTelevision broadcast avideo report on TV in SriLanka.
LANGUAGE RIGHTSFR CASE
Jovita Arulanantham vsUniversity of Colombo - Afundamental rights/languagerights petition was filed in theSupreme Court suing theColombo University’s Insituteof Human ResourceAdvancement (IHRA) forconducting its courses in theSinhala language only, withouta parallel course being offeredin the Tamil language.
CPA held a discussion on
ReligiousTolerance and Related LandIssues
on 30th April with theparticipation of civil society andpolitical actors.