Professor Prathibha Mahanamahewa of the Colombo Law Faculty emphasised over the weekend the need for a robust civil movement to play a significant role in shaping national policies and fortifying the rule of law.

Mahanamahewa insisted on the responsibility on the part of such a movement to pressure the powers that be to address growing concerns of the public.

Mahanamahewa said so on Saturday (11) addressing the launch of People’s Forum for Reforms at the Auditorium of JAT Holdings, Thalawathugoda.

The forum, hailed by Mahanamahewa as a beacon of hope for the country, saw an assembly of distinguished guests from various sectors, all unified in their commitment to fostering a stronger civil movement for national progress.

Professor Mahanamahewa delved into the core responsibilities of Parliament, challenging its efficacy in fulfilling its primary obligations.

The lawyer posed a critical question to the audience: had Parliament truly upheld its duties, particularly in terms of financial discipline and the enactment of laws with a sense of urgency?

Mahanamahewa asserted that Parliament had fallen short of meeting the basic aspirations of the public,

Joining Professor Mahanamahewa on stage was Manjula Gajanayaka, former National Coordinator of the Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) and a respected researcher.

Gajanayaka conveyed the shared responsibility of politicians, intellectuals, entrepreneurs, and businessmen in effecting positive change within Sri Lanka’s political and social landscape.

Mrs. Sharmila Ganawala, a prominent member of the leadership committee, elucidated the vision and mission of the People’s Forum for Reforms.

She articulated the forum’s vision of a proud state with dignified citizens and its mission of spearheading political, economic, and social reforms towards that end.

Gonawala outlined the objectives of the movement, which include fostering a disciplined society with equal rights and opportunities for all citizens, grounded in principles of accountability and responsibility.

She underscored the necessity of real systemic change, stressing the importance of policy reforms in achieving this transformative vision.

At the launch the opening remarks were delivered by Bradley Emerson, setting the tone for an evening of insightful discourse and impassioned calls to action.

Dr. Dilum Jayasekara concluded the proceedings with a heartfelt vote of thanks, expressing gratitude to all attendees for their unwavering support and dedication to the cause of reform.

The launch of the People’s Forum for Reforms drew a diverse array of participants, including political party members, civil activists, media personnel, celebrities, and numerous distinguished guests.

Their collective presence underscored the widespread acknowledgment of the urgent need for change and the shared commitment to realizing a brighter, more equitable future for Sri Lanka.




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