The European Union (EU) has launched seven new projects to support civil society organisations and human rights in Sri Lanka.
The EU will be providing EUR 4 million to seven civil society organisations "who will work jointly with their local partners to promote social rights, women's empowerment, and freedom of expression in Sri Lanka. These projects will also help build the capacities of local communities and stakeholders, including the media, lawyers, and women's rights organisations," an EU statement said.
The organisations who will receive support are: ACTED, SRI LANKA CENTRE FOR DEVELOPMENT FACILITATION, Search for Common Ground, Helvetas Intercooperation GGMBH, Chrysalis, Humanity & Inclusion and FAGLIGT FALLES FORBUND FORENING–3F.
The Ambassador of the Delegation of the European Union to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, H.E. Denis Chaibi attended the official launch ceremony. "We cannot take human rights for granted. We know the struggles that are still taking place," he said.
Read full statement here.