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    Posthumous award of citizens peace prize to Ven. Maduluwave Sobitha

    November 09, 2015

    National Peace Council now intend to present this award to Ven Sobitha posthumously in the name of the civil movement for good governance he led.  The most fitting tribute to him is to stand for the values he did and ensure that they are realized in the life of the nation.

    Prior to Ven. Maduluwave Sobitha untimely demise the National Peace Council decided to award Ven Sobitha its Citizens Peace Prize, to which he gave his consent.  This prize is awarded to those in Sri Lanka who have demonstrated public commitment and taken risks to uphold values of human rights, good governance and ethnic and religious harmony.  


    When representatives of the National Peace Council met him to convey this decision, his first response was to state that there were more deserving candidates whom we should consider.  However with some persuasion he agreed to accept our offer.  With his consent we agreed on the date of the award to be November 5, 2015.  But this was postponed due to Ven Sobitha’s illness.  National Peace Council is grateful to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe for having agreed to be present on that occasion.

    The passing away of Ven Maduluwave Sobitha is a great loss to Sri Lanka, National Peace Council of Sri Lanka says.  At a time when the space for political dissent had shrunk, and the government increasingly authoritarian, ethno-nationalist and corrupt, the Ven Sobitha took the challenge to speak out, stand up and give leadership to the general population.  


    He transcended the love of his community to embrace all ethnic and religious communities with the universal spirit of Buddhist religious teachings.  He provided leadership to civil society in its quest for good governance and ethnic harmony.  The social media is filled with expressions of sorrow by members of all ethnic and religious communities at his passing away and appreciation for what he did.  His loss was remarkably felt even by the prisoners taken in under the Prevention of Terrorism Act who stage their protest nowadays for their release.  


    They too have send their condolence message and that shows the credible work that he had done and as an individual voiced for their release.  The government of national unity, that combines the two main political parties which have hitherto been rivals, is due in no small part to his moral leadership. The National Peace Council mourns his loss.

    Last modified on Monday, 09 November 2015 20:12

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