SRI LANKA: Farewell to Sunila Abeysekara, a Sinhala woman who defended Sri Lanka’s Tamils

by Melani Manel Perera

The well-known human rights activist died of cancer at the age of 61. For over 20 years, she worked for the emancipation of women in her country and in South Asia. During the civil war, she was a voice for all ethnic and religious groups, trying to find common ground for dialogue and peace.

Colombo – Hundreds of people attended the funeral of Sunila Abeysekera, a well-known activist for human rights in Sri Lanka. The ceremony took place yesterday at the Godigamuwa Public Cemetery in Maharagama, near Colombo. She passed away on Monday at the age of 61 at a private clinic in the capital, after a long battle with cancer….(…)

AsiaNews, 09/12/2013

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