For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
With this edition Sri Lanka Advocacy opens up a questioning with open course and outcome. Its subject includes ourselves and could simply be named as “Human Rights
With this edition Sri Lanka Advocacy opens up a questioning with open course and outcome. Its subject includes ourselves and could simply be named as “Human Rights Activism”. We start by posing a question, which again and agein is raised is to Human Rights activists, even by themselves. It reads as follows: “As Human Rights Activists, our day-to-day-work is a work of defense, sometimes even in the narrowest sens of the word: Saving the life of people threatened to death. In the given situation (not only) in Sri Lanka, it looks as if we’ve to continue this kind of work and committment for years, every day new. Is there any political perspective in which we can try to integrate our work in?” The first contribution was written by Sunanda Deshapriya, a journalist and activist for long years, last in a leading role in the Free Media Movement.
Human rights activism and perspectives of social change
…The question is often asked from us human rights defenders whether our activities of defending human rights do have a long-term perspective of social change or whether we just work on ad-hoc basis reacting to such incidents without any vision? Some would argue that rather than wasting our time and energy on day-to-day activities, we should work for building movements for social change which would be the only way to stop politically motivated killings.