Ashoka Fellow
Sri Lanka
Fellow Since 2007
Human Rights Media Resource Center
This description of Nandana Manatunga's work was prepared when Nandana Manatunga was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2007.
By defying the culture of silence and impunity surrounding high incidents of torture and rape, Father Nandana Manatunga, a Catholic priest, is transforming the human rights landscape in Sri Lanka. Father Nandana challenges religious leaders to use their moral authority to advocate for human rights, and organizes volunteers to collaborate with agencies to document abuse, support victims during trial, and influence societal attitudes through community dialogue. He also offers long-term rehabilitation for young victims by providing shelter, legal support, education, and counseling.
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