Reflections on human rights activism
by Rukii Fernando
  • July 13, 2017
  • 10 mins story
1. Why have you become a human rights defender? (Was there any particular event in your life/country that made you engage with human rights work?)

I became a HRD through my involvement in the Young Christian Students IYCSW) movement in Sri Lanka and then Asia. Where I was inspired to respond to injustices, rights violations and oppression. But most difficult and also dangerous part of my work as a HRD was during the last phase of the war in Sri Lanka and during the authoritarian post war regime of Rajapakse family in Sri Lanka, between 2007-2014.

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