7th November 2013 – Colombo

New Town Hall
9.30am to13.00pm

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‘Envisioning Growth, Equity and Inclusive
Development with
Affected Communities and People in Action’
Sri Lanka Civil Society Forum - 7 November 2013 – Colombo

Introduction

This event celebrates the memory of Sunila Abeysekera who
passed away on 9 September 2013. It embraces her passion for
freedom and rights and is our way of saluting her by fearlessly taking
forward her vision for a just and inclusive Sri Lanka for all.
As her friends and admirers, this Civil Society Forum will address
the unresolved and continuing violations of fundamental rights and
freedoms and the undermining of democratic processes in Sri Lanka.
Above all, we wish to envision the future we want and our part in it.
This meeting is particularly significant in light of the upcoming
Commonwealth’s Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) that is
to be held from 15 - 17 November 2013 in Colombo. Parallel to
this event, under the auspices of the Commonwealth Foundation,
a People’s Forum is being convened from 10 - 14 November in
Hikkaduwa “to give prominence to civil society organisations and
create opportunities for dialogue and interaction between civil society,
the Government and private sectors, and youth.”
This Heads of Government Meeting is the first one the 54 nation
association is holding after it adopted a brand new Charter in which
Human Rights, Good Governance and Rule of Law are enunciated
as central organizing principles. In light of this reaffirmation of its
fundamental principles the Commonwealth’s choice of Sri Lanka
for its 2013 iconic Heads of Government meeting has raised a
controversial debate over the serious challenges to the Commonwealth
principles as well as its practices which have been highlighted by both
international and local NGOs over the past several months.
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Civil Society and CHOGM

We note with regret that only two NGOs are listed as partners from
Sri Lanka in the People’s Forum organised by the Commonwealth
foundation and the Government of Sri Lanka. There has long been an
understanding that the Commonwealth is more than an association of
governments, yet the Commonwealth’s structures and processes do
not make proper provision for the inclusion of civil society, whether
it be space at Commonwealth Ministerial Meetings, engagement
with the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group, participation in
election monitoring or access to Commonwealth technical assistance.
We see many references to civil society in CHOGM communiqués
and declarations, but these rarely take cognisance of the views of civil
society. There should be nothing written for civil society without its
involvement and engagement.
Civil society adds an essential core to the Commonwealth at a local,
national, regional and international level. Yet conditions are required
to enable it to flourish and contribute. These conditions include
policies, institutions and capacity. Together, these elements combine
to provide the space for civil society. Across the Commonwealth
we see this space diminishing or under threat. This trend must be
reversed if the Commonwealth is committed to national and global
stability and strengthening resilience.
Therefore, it is important to recall the position of the People’s
Forum held in Perth in 2011 which affirmed `Civil Society as Drivers
of Change in a Dynamic Commonwealth’. The communiqué issued in
Perth further stated that “civil society is central to the contemporary
Commonwealth project”.
Through this meeting we wish to address the challenges arising
from the above message in the present Sri Lankan context.

Objective

The Sri Lanka Civil Society Forum will discuss what the
Declaration made on 2 September 2011 at the People’s Forum in
Perth means to us and how we can engage with governments across
the Commonwealth to make it real. We hope that our thoughts and
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ideas will be heard by all the official delegations that will be present in
Sri Lanka for the Heads of Government Meeting and the many civil
society actors who will be present for the parallel meeting sponsored
by the Commonwealth Foundation.

Proposed Agenda

The organizers of the event have proposed to conduct the
discussions under the following framework.
Overview: The Commonwealth today - its significance to civil
society and the Government in Sri Lanka.
Discussion 1: Contemporary Issues and Challenges
• Civil and Political Rights in Sri Lanka, MDGs and
Commonwealth Charter
• Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Sri Lanka – MDGs
and Commonwealth Charter
• Women’s and Youth Rights in Sri Lanka
Discussion 2: Civil Society Message to the Commonwealth and
the International Community (Launching of the Memorandum)
Discussion 3: Sri Lanka after the Commonwealth “Abhimanaya”
(Pride)

Civil Society Memorandum

A Memorandum to be handed over to the Heads of Governments
of the Commonwealth countries will be circulated among all invited
NGOs and civil society activists in the next few days.

Participant’s Registration

Please nominate 3 – 5 persons. This is a gathering of representatives
from NGOs and various sectors and we urge you to identify
members/staff of your organization who will lead us in the future.
This means we would like to have a good mix of future leaders and
senior activists.
A formal registration form will be forwarded soon. Based on this
information please hold discussions with your organization and send
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us names of those whom you are nominating to participate as soon
as possible. More details will follow.
Registrations will close by 2 November 2013.

Conveners -

Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu,
Dr. Nimalka Fernando,
Attorney Sudarshana Gunawardana,
Attorney J. C. Weliamuna,
Britto Fernando
Chandraguptha Thenuwara

Secretariat

Rights Now Collective and IMADR Asia will assist in handling
the organizational aspects.

Secretariat Office:

Rights Now- Collective for Democracy
24/13 Wijayaba Mawatha
Nawala Road
Nugegoda

For more details:

Rights Now Collective for Democracy - 0094-11-2822375
IMADR - 0115757323;
Deekshya - 0774978330;
Prabodha - 0779522887
Email: csonov7@gmail.com
Web: www.samabima.com

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FOf;fSld; njhlh;G nfhs;sTk; my;yJ nghJeytha
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cyf kl;lj;jpy;> gpuhe;jpa kl;lj;jpy;> rh;tNjr kl;lj;jpy;
nghJeytha ehLfspd; nraw;ghl;bw;F mika kpf Kf;fpakhd
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xd;wpizAk;NghJ nghJeytha mikg;G kpf rf;jp tha;e;j
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nghJeytha ehLfspd; nghJkf;fs; kfhehl;bd;NghJ rptpy;
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vjph;ghh;f;fpd;Nwhk;.

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rptpy; r%f kfhehl;by; gq;Fgw;Wtjw;fhd %d;W my;yJ
Ie;J gpujpepjpfspd; ngah;fis vkf;F mDg;gpitAq;fs;.
mur rhh;gw;w epWtdq;fspd; gpujpepjpfSk; Vida Jiwfspd;
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jiyikj;Jtr; nraw;ghl;ilAk; mKy;gLj;jf;$bath;fsh
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Jhpjkhf vkf;F mDg;gp itAq;fs;.
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