From the Human Rights Arts Festival, curated by Chandragupta Thenuwara, which saw over 30 local and international artists coming together to interpret the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. On until December 17 at J D A Perera gallery.
The relatives of those who have been forcibly disappeared live on. They live surrounded by treasured possessions, each a reminder of their loved one’s absence. They pass by the places they once walked, and meet people their missing ones loved. Recently @maatram visited these families to ask them a difficult question – if they would share their loved one’s possessions to be photographed. Upon asking this question, they wept bitterly. Their pain cannot be described in words. Read our translation of Maatram's story for #humanrightsday, online now. Link in bio.
Snippets from the Global Voices summit, ongoing now at Trace Expert City on December 2 and 3. Some interesting conversations, featuring people from over 60 countries.
People try to salvage a boat that has crashed into the Marine Drive breakwater at Bambalapitiya. The sea remains rough after the storm 'Ockhi' passed over parts of #SriLanka. Adverse weather conditions are said to continue according to Sri Lanka Red Cross situation reports. #weather #nofilter
On November 24, 2017, two youth were questioned by the police around photos they had posted on Facebook. One of the posts showed a photo of the Vavuniya District Secretariat's office, which bore a poster of a tree planting campaign. Behind the poster was a tree that looked as if it had been cut. The police made the youth sign affidavits in Sinhala and warned them they could lose their jobs in future. They further said they could not critique tbe activities of Government offices. This incident sets a dangerous precedent, allowing for monitoring of social media, resulting in curtailing freedom of expression. Groundviews photographed several government offices in response to this incident. In Vavuniya, these photographs could have you brought in for questioning by the police.
A soldier stands guard at the Kilinochchi war monument. This area used to be a park during the war. Now, tourists from the South stop here to take photographs of the giant brass bullet embedded into the wall, and the gilded lotus sprouting from the top. Though at the time we visited, the North was impacted by drought, this lawn was green and well-maintained. Yet locals rarely visit this spot, nor do children from the area play here.
Part 2 of our series breaking down the content of the interim report is now online. Link to full video and more information in bio.
Excerpt of a short video showing State agencies who will respond to reports of cyber-bullying and violence. The impacts of cyber-violence go beyond temporary humiliation. Several people who have been targeted spoke about their struggles with anxiety, depression and insecurity, which sometimes predated them being mocked online. Link to our full story in bio.
Meepitiya to Manmunai: while some areas of the country are seeing an excess of rain, with flood or landslide warnings, some are languishing without having seen rain for months on end, cutting back on much-needed harvests and food produce. #SriLanka #nofilter