Wednesday, 09 July 2014 - 13:05
NGO's talk about its own activities
The former Chairman of the Federation of University Teachers’ Association Doctor Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri stated that restricting NGOs is a critical blow on democracy.
He expressed these views during a media briefing held in Colombo today, convened by the Union of Civil Organizations.
Elaborating further regarding the matter, the convener of the Lawyers’ Collective attorney-at-law J.C. Weliamuna stated that NGOs are not enemies of the government.
However, the United Nation stated that it would study the new orders imposed on NGOs by Sri Lankan government.
UN Secretary General Ban-Ki-moon’s media spokesman Farhan Hak told the daily media briefing held at the UN Office in New York that a statement would be issued after studying the set of new orders.
Meanwhile Sri Lanka Working Journalists Association pointed out that the Defence Ministry decision to monitor media briefings, workshops, media training programs and media releases organized and issued by NGOs would disrupt the freedom of expression.
However Director of the National Defence and Urban Development Ministry Media Center Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasuriya told a media conference held in Colombo yesterday the new recommendation has not slit the wings of NGOs.
He said that the NGOs have been advised to operate within the framework of existing laws in the country.