Colombo, Sri Lanka. We are shocked to see the use of military by the government of Sri Lanka to crush the peaceful protest by the thousands of protestors against the Venigros Gloves Factory located in Nadungamuva near Weliweriya. We condemn the killing of a protestor and injuring many others including the army personnel. We believe this is a result of the failure of the Central Environmental Authority to act properly and impartially in the past several years.
We believe that men, women and children in the villages in the vicinity have a legitimate right to oppose to the polluting factory and has a right to request clean water and stop the operations of the said factory as it deprived water, which is a basic need and a right. The company has dumped the untreated sludge into the lands in the vicinity and released polluted water making their water acidic.
Regulation of the said factory lies within the responsibility of the Central Environmental Authority. We believe that the failure of the CEA is instrumental to the loss of a valuable life and injuring many others. We further state that inaction of the CEA is responsible for this major social and environmental disaster.
Ven Madampagama Assaji Thero, Sri Lanka Environmental Congress - 0777112255
Hemantha Withanage, Centre for Environmental Justice -0777600503
Thilak Kariyawasam, Sri Lanka Nature Group
Centre for Environmental Justice together with Sri Lanka Nature Group organised a media event and book launching on the 3rd December 2012 at the HARTI, Colombo to mark the “Global No Pesticides Use Day”. This day was initiated in 1998, by the Pesticide Action Network to commemorate the world’s worst chemical and industrial disaster in 1984. A Union Carbide pesticide factory in Bhopal(India) exploded and released a lethal gas (methyl isocyanate) that causing more than 500,000 injured and 20,000 deaths in the years since. A petition signed by the people affected with the Chronic Kidney Disease unidentified etiology(CKDue) handed over to the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Agriculture requesting proper healthcare for the several thousands of CKDue patients and take actions againts dirty pesticides. Senior Minister of Science and Technology, Prof Tissa Vitarana joined the occassion.
October 20, Colombo, Sri Lanka. We are shocked to hear that Sri Lankans who dig traditional or tube wells to obtain water for drinking, agriculture will have to obtain an annual permit from the Water Resources Board (WRB) at fees ranging from Rs.7,500 to Rs.15,000.
16th August 2012, Colombo. Today, the Centre for Science and Environment, a leading environmental organisation in India released the report entitled "Environmental contamination and its association with Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Etiology in North Central Region of Sri Lanka".
The research was done in collaboration with the Centre for Environmental Justice. The findings show that water consumed by the majority of the population in the affected area does not meet potable water standards, especially the water from the tube wells and the dug wells.
Hon. Minister Dinesh Gunawardana participated in the launching of the report organised by the Ministry of Water Supply and Drainage.
Colombo - Sri Lankan Civil Society Organisations today issued a CSO Statement on Rio+20 prepared through a dialogue held on 17-18th May 2012 in Negombo, Sri Lanka. Over 40 CSO groups participated in the dialogue and the statement was signed by over 60 CSOs engaged in various social work.