The Sunday Leader

South Asian Human Rights Group Visits Sri Lanka

A delegation from the South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR) was in Sri Lanka as part of an initiative to promote the message of regional peace and solidarity amongst South Asian civil societies.

“During our stay here, we met with many people: The representatives of civil society in Colombo, Vavunia, Kilinochchi and Trincomalee; people affected by war in the northern and the eastern province and people affected by the construction of the coal power plant in Sampur; Chairperson and the Commissioners of the NHRCSL; officials of the Office of the National Unity and the Reconciliation; and the Senior Human Rights Adviser, OHCHR,” SAHR said.

SAHR is a regional network with a membership base consisting of like-minded human rights activists, practitioners, experts and institutions committed to addressing human rights issues at both national and regional levels. The first South Asian Peace Mission to Dhaka, Bangladesh was completed successfully on 5 and 6 December. The Mission met the faculty and the students of the Department of Law, State University of Bangladesh for a fruitful discussion on status of Human Rights in Bangladesh and in the region.  They met with a group of Civil Society representatives and had an opportunity to meet the acting foreign secretary and the Prime Minister’s advisor on International Relations. The South Asian Peace Mission in Dhaka received a wide media coverage especially highlighting the mission’s message about the essence of people’s solidarity across the region even at times when relations between governments are under strain. We hope that this initiative will inspire governments to follow the desire of their people for unity, regional strength and developing common interests that will advance the interests of the people of the region.

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