Top NGOs face peril despite country returning to ‘normalcy’

Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, continues to be on the rough ride facing peril.Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, continues to be on the rough ride facing peril.

Despite the end of war against LTTE and the return to ‘the normalcy’ in Colombo, some civil society outfits in Colombo continue to be on the rough ride facing peril. The Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) and Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) are two such institutions reportedly facing uncertainty.Initially no less than five national level NGOs & INGOs were under ‘pressure’-CPA, Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies (CHA), Transparency International (TI), Berghoff, and FCE. However, having made ‘some adjustments’, the CHA, FCE and even the Berghoff Foundation are now apparently in the ‘good books’ of the government, sources said.

Clombo, 20 June,  (Asiantribune.com):

Asian Tribune learns that   of the Centre For Policy Alternatives,  Sunial Abeyasekera, woman Activists Jegan Perera  of the National Peace Council  and several others are regularly flying out of the country  to  foreign countries for their safety,  as they are facing threats and intimidation in the present  post LTTE period.

It is learnt that Norway is to face the Parliamentary General Elections soon and our NGOs who were recently in Oslo were not given any encouraging response from their Masters.

Recently many NGOs were on a trip to Oslo to meet their Masters and to get assuarance from them of continued financial support in the post conflict period too.

The Berghoff Foundation, strongly viewed as an anti-Sri Lankan NGO, was originally invited to set up an office in Sri Lanka in 2001 to provide support, assistance, external experiences and expert knowledge to the principal negotiating parties.

The CHA which is network of NGO members in Sri Lanka and was formed in 1997,  works in the humanitarian sector in Sri Lanka. TI-Srilanka’s Executive Director J. C. Weliamuna, prominent Sri Lankan anti-corruption and human rights advocate, came under attack on September 27, 2008 as a grenade attack was launched on his family’s home in Colombo. He, his wife and two young children escaped injury.

But both CPA and TI are still continuing to resist while facing pressure. The Centre for Policy Alternatives, has recently filed a fundamental rights case challenging the violation of the basic legal rights of Tamil civilians interned in military-controlled camps saying that the detentions are illegal and in breach of “fundamental rights” in the constitution. CPA cites as respondents President Rajapakse, in his role as defence minister, and his brother Gotabhaya, who is defence secretary, as well as the attorney-general and the army commander in charge of the camps.

–      Asian Tribune –

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