Interview with Shreen Saroor, winner of Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law

Another part of our world here exposed; a part once thought of as exotic, and romantic. Now, part of a global and growing dysfunctional civilization. I’m reblogging this obviously because the woman being interviewed here is a hero, and obviously because it is a very well presented interview, but also to show how our “sins” find us out everywhere. You know what I was thinking about today which fits in with this reblog? I was thinking that it’s high time we, as an intelligent, sentient, self-aware global “family” stopped making excuses for ourselves, for our crimes we commit daily, almost unawares, always managing to somehow pass the buck, blaming someone else, particularly the leadership and the elites and… and… and… The patriarchy and its endless wars against the poor, the innocent and particularly against mothers, doesn’t exist as a separate force, or order. It exists because it is supported, globally, and sadly, not only by men.


Below is an interview I did for the Daily Mirror

Human Rights Activist Shreen Abdul Saroor is one of the fifteen activists who has been awarded the Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law this year. The prize is awarded to dedicated Human Rights defenders from around the world who have done outstanding work in their respective countries to uphold human rights and the rule of law.

Your family was evicted from Mannar in 1990 by the LTTE. How did this affect your life?

I was in my first year studying Business Administration at the Colombo University when my family was evicted. My father was visiting me in Colombo at that time. I went to Puttalam to receive my mother, siblings and other family members. Mannar is an Island. There were two bridges- a road bridge and a train bridge. The LTTE destroyed both before the…

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