Representatives of Civil Society Organizations, Human Rights Defenders and Human Rights activists joined the Commemoration.
The theme for the day was selected as “Government’s 5 Years’ National Action Plan for the protection and promotion of Human Rights, Is it a reality...?”
Dr. Deepika Udagama, Chairperson of Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka, Dr. Paikiyasoothi Saravanamutu, Executive Director of Center for Policy Alternative, Dr. Nimalka Fernando, Chairperson of International Movement Against All forms of Discrimination and Racism, Mr. Philip Dissanayake, Executive Director of Right to Life Human Rights Center, Convener of Platform For Freedom & Veediye Virodaya, Mr. Prabath Lakshman Wijetunga, Director, Public Complaint Investigation Department, National Police Commission, Mr. S.A,H.M. Wijerathne, Senior Director General, Legal Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs were present for the discussion and Mr. Saman Rathnapriya, Chairman, Government Nursing Officers Union.
There was opinion sharing from civil society representatives on how the 5 years national action plan of Sri Lankan government on protection and promotion of human rights in country is going to work on and its impact. At the same time the civil society suggested to the protection and promotion of human rights through 10 sectors which is being included in the national action plan such as; civil and political rights, protection of right to life and individual freedom, eradicate torture, women rights, rights of internally displaced people and resettlement of the refugees, socio economic & cultural rights, child rights, labour rights and environmental rights
And there was an open discussion at the end of the opinion sharing of the guest speakers.