Written by Bella Dalima
10 Dec, 2014 | 7:03 pm
National Integrity Awards 2014 organised by Transparency International Sri Lanka, was held for the 11th successive year at the BMICH on Tuesday.
The award felicitates an outstanding individual or an organisation for demonstrating exceptional integrity in public engagement. Dr. Elmo Perera the Chief guest of the event delivering the keynote address spoke on the right to information.
The National Integrity Award was awarded posthumously to Nihal Perera the Manager of Noori Estate in Deraniyagala, for maintaining discipline in his profession and fighting against fraud, which eventually led to his untimely death when he was murdered last year.
A special mention award was presented to Susila Herath a teacher at Navodya Vidyalaya Nawagaththegama, who was controversially made to kneel before her class by a local politician.
She was recognised for her unceasing fight for justice.
Speaking at the event, the Chief Guest, Dr. Elmo Perera, expressed these views on the importance of freedom of information in a democratic society.
Dr. Elmo Perera shared these views;
“The right to information is recognised as a fundamental human right in a number of international and national human rights instruments. Information is the oxygen of democracy, if people cannot know what is taking place in society they cannot take a meaningful part in the affairs of that society. Sri Lanka urgently needs to have a freedom of information act that needs to be in accordance with democratic traditions.”
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