The third year project continues trainings on human rights and governance and expands the course to a wider audience of youth in other communities who will commit themselves to work for their communities whilst further solidifying and expanding the networks already built. In the second year project with support from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), the trained AFRIEL youth went on to organize public forums in 12 districts, raising public awareness on discriminatory laws and practice in Sri Lanka. Their efforts helped generate unprecedented media coverage to bring to the notice of all ethnic groups the human rights and governance related issues faced by the Northern Community. The use of the paralegal approach and the RTI Act in the second year project strengthened youth members’ capacity to push authorities for answers to the issues pending for decades regarding military-occupied land, documentation pertaining to ID cards and birth certificates and information on forcefully disappeared relatives in the war-affected areas.
The third project targets 300 active youth leaders from 18 districts, including those from the north, east, central, and southern districts, and will strengthen their knowledge and skills on human rights and governance through a set of capacity-building trainings. This project will also increase youth activism through facilitating youth practical engagement in civil society and encourage war affected youth to move away from war affected victim mentality towards youth agents for change through citizen watcher network, roundtable discussions with political leaders, networking between youth, affected groups and ethnic communities to advocate for better grievance redress mechanisms and national policies through legal advice clinics, and RTI camps; and to foster common ground between ethnic groups for demanding reconciliation and political solutions through truth telling camps, conference, North-South familiarization visits for rehabilitated persons and religious leaders, and district level focus group discussion.