After the introductory formalities by Linus Jayatilleke of MONLAR
, the Chief Guest, renowned Indian activist Vandana Shiva held the audience spellbound for more than an hour, with her discourse on the machinations of the MNCs - multinational corporations in India and other parts of the world.
985 families in 32 villages have benefited from MONLAR
has joined other non-governmental organizations in calling for the creation of a "people's planning commission," citing that the task force on reconstruction that the government has set up is only composed of "powerful business people," most of them with tourism-related businesses.
Sarath Fernando, co-secretary of the Movement for National and Agricultural Reform (MONLAR
) in Sri Lanka, and Evi Narti Zain, co-ordinator of Kontras Aceh, The Commission for Disappearances and Victims of Violence, have urged Canadians to be more vigilant in determining how their donations are being used by recipient governments and other institutions.