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Severe restrictions placed on NGO activities by Ministry of Defence

Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Defence has sent letters to non-governmental organisation, demanding that they refrain from activities beyond their mandate, including press conferences, workshops, training for journalists, and the publication of press releases.

The letter, signed by director of the Secretariat for Non-Governmental Organisations DMS Dissanayake, said NGOs should “prevent from such unauthorized activities with immediate effect”.

See letter here, courtesy of Groundviews.

For full text, see below:

To All Non Governmental Organizations

Non Governmental Organizations acting beyond their mandate,

It has been revealed that certain non Governmental organizations conduct press conferences, workshops, training for journalists, and dissemination of press releases which is beyond their mandate.

We reiterate that all Non Governmental Organizations should prevent from such unauthorized activities with immediate effect.

DMS Dissanayake
Director/Registrar
Secretariat for Non Governmental Organizations