The Universal Human Rights Day was proclaimed by the United Nations’ Organization on the 10th of December 1948. This day was celebrated by SETIK Organization, Kandy at St. Thomas’ College, Matale on the 11th of December. Over 750 people from rural and plantation areas belong to all ethnic and religious groups took part in this celebration.
The theme of the celebration was “Ensure Human Rights” by ending discrimination. This programme was conducted in Sinhala and Tamil mediums. Rev. Father. Niroshan, Treasurer of Benadictine Congregation, Buddhist Monk-Rev. Pandit-Kosgoda Gnanaseeha, Lecturer University of Peradeniya, Hindu Priest-Rev. Brahma Sri Murugeswara Kurukkal, and Mr. M. N. M. Riyal Retired Administrative Officer and translator, represented the religious groups and delivered their lectures citing examples from their sacred books of religions respectively.
The Resource contributors were Attorneys-At-Law Mr .C . Galapaththi and M.S.Faizer Ali. They enlightened the gathering on Human Rights, duties and responsibilities of the Citizens and the action to be taken in case of any violation of Human Rights, in Sinhala and Tamil languages.
We sincerely hope that this programme would have definitely helped the gathering to gain a good knowledge about Human Rights. In addition to the above, a short drama “On Workers Rights” was presented by the students of the Faculty of Fine Arts, university of Peradeniya.