Another Successful Awareness Raising program for Religious and Community Leaders held in Trincomalee.

Bureau of the Commissioner General of Rehabilitation (BCGR) conducted an awareness raising programe concerning rehabilitation and reintegration of ex-combatants into the community in Trincomalee on last Tuesday (02-08-2011).

Bureau of the Commissioner General of Rehabilitation (BCGR) has been conducting series of Rehabilitation, Reinsertion, Reintegration and Reconciliation programs for the former LTTE combatants at the rehabilitation centers in northern Sri Lanka. As part of Community Based Reintegration (CBR) program the BCGR have planned to conduct a series of high-level advocacy awareness program for the religious leaders, community leaders, United Nations organizations (UN) and community based organizations (CBO) for the acceptance of rehabilitees in to the community.

BCGR has conducted Previous programs in Vavuniya,Jaffna,Batticaloa,Killinochchi and Mulaithivu Districts with the participation of religious dignitaries of Buddhist, Hindu, Christian, Catholic and Islamic faiths, Respective Government Agents, senior government officials , civil affairs officers from security forces in the Area , senior police officials and the representatives from UN and international organizations (IO) and CBOs.

The Sixth programme was held at Trincomalee Kachcheri auditorium on 02nd August 2011. Dr. A.S.A. Safras warmly welcome the entire participant on behalf of Commissioner General of Rehabilitation (CGR). Following Maj Gen (Retd) TTR de Silva,Government Agent, Trincomalee showed his concern on community acceptance of rehabilitees and the importance of maintaining better relationship between the rehabilitees and their family members. After that Maj Gen. Sudantha Ranasinghe, CGR enlighten the gathering on "Rehabilitation Process so Far".

Dr. A.S.A. Safras addressed the gathering infirming all the health and psychosocial activities conducted for the rehabilitees so far including rehabilitation assistance on deradicalization.

Dr. Vinya S Ariyarathne,General Secretary of Sarvodaya, delivered a lecture of Community Based Reintegration.

Dr.Shanthikumar Hettiarachchi, senior lecturer in conflict, religion and cohesion delivered a lecture highlighting the importance of religious leaders in the process of reintegration.

Dr. G. Gunalan Medical superintendent DGH Trincomalee , expressed his views on "Reintegration with understanding and role of stakeholders".

Mr. B Niroshan, Representative of IOM discussed the importance of ICRS (Information, Counseling and Referral Services) which will assist and facilitate the livelihood development of the beneficiaries.