Environmental and Social Justice Award 2014  
  October 2014, Kandy- CEJ recognised thirteen environmental and social rights defenders who served many years during the Environmental and Social Justice Award 2014.Former vice president of the International Court of Justice,  
   
 
 
Training on Monitoring the EIA process in Sri Lanka   Youth Environment camp and Exhibition - June 5 and 6, 2013
June 20, 2013, CEJ will hold a 3 day EIA training on onitoring the EIA process in Sri Lanka at Chinthana Training Centre at Nainamadama from 30th June to 2nd July 2013. Participants from the NGOs,CBOs and some government agencies will join the training.  

June 4, 2013, The Centre for Environmental Justice in association with the local youth organization  “Sumithuro Api” and the Devinuwara Divisional Secretariat, Devinuwara Pradeshiya Saba, have made arrangements to hold

Environmental and EIA experts will share their knowledge on the subject matters ove rthe 3 days period. The training is supported by the National Endowment for Democracy.  

the Environment Day 2013 exhibition on the 6th June 2013 at Devinuwara, Pradeshiya Sabha ground located in front of Devinuwara Devalaya.

An environment youth camp will also be held at the Divisional Secretariat on the 5th June 2013. An essay and art competitions for the school children of the Marata District was also held prior to the environment day activity

     
       
CEJ demands CDDA urgent actions on Skin Whitening creams  

CEJ found high Mercury levels in Skin Whitening creams

May 9, 2013 Colombo, Centre for Environmental Justice (CEJ) a public interest environmental organization based in Colombo demands the Cosmetics, Devices and Drugs Authority (CDDA) to act fast on regulating the mercury in skin whitening creams. With the report published in December 2012 by the   January 21, 2013 Colombo, Today the Centre for Environmental Justice/Friends of the Earth Sri Lanka revealed that its recent research finding shows very high levels of Mercury in the SKIN WHITENING CREAM available in the Sri Lankan market.

CEJ on mercury contamination in cosmetics, general public expressed a great interest on the matter.

Mr. Hemantha Withanage, Executive Director of the Centre for Environmental Justice said that “CDDA has approved number of whitening creams with high levels of mercury as high as 30,000 ppm in the past, without considering the safety of the consumers. It was found that out of 40 samples tested, 25 of them have some levels of mercury and few among them have very dangerous levels.”

  The highest mercury level was recorded as 30167 ppm in PAI MEI WHITENING SPOT CREAM imported from China. Meanwhile CAIKE RED GINSENG CREAM imported from China recorded19699 ppm and XIN JIAOLI CREAM imported from China recorded 1560 ppm. Few local brands also recorded low levels of Mercury. The report recommends that the Health Authorities should ban those poisonous creams and suggest consumers to beware of those creams.
   
       
CEJ commemorates "NO pesticide use day" -2012   CEJ holds the first National Symposium
Centre for Environmental Justice together with Sri Lanka Nature Group organised a media event and book launching on the 3rd December 2012 at the HARTI, Colombo to mark the“Global No Pesticides Use Day”. This day was initiated in 1998, by the Pesticide Action Network to   23rd November 2012, Today CEJ holds its first National Symposium on " The Potential Health and Environmental Impacts of Exposure to Hazardous Natural and Man-made Chemicals and their Proper Management" in collaboration with the Department of Zoology, University of Sri Jayewardenepura.
commemorate the world’s worst chemical and industrial disaster in 1984. A Union Carbide pesticide factory in Bhopal(India) exploded and released a lethal gas(methyl isocyanate) that causing more than 500,000 injured and 20,000 deaths in the years since.A petition signed by the people affected with the Chronic Kidney Disease unidentified etiology(CKDue) handed over to the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Agriculture requesting proper healthcare for the several thousands of CKDue patients and take actions againts dirty pesticides. Senior Minister of Science and Technology, Prof Tissa Vitarana joined the occassion.    
       
Taxing for well water    
19th October 2012, Colombo. Today the Dailymirror reported that National Water Resources Board will ammend its Act to tax drinking water wells. Once ammend, Sri Lankans who dig traditional or tube wells to obtain water for drinking, agriculture will have to obtain an annual permit from the      
Water Resources Board (WRB) at fees ranging from Rs.7,500 to Rs.15,000.    

The Dailymirror

     
Opposing to this attempt, Centre for Environmental Justice and other organisation say"taxing the common citizens for drinking water is a gross violation of the human rights." Civil Society organisations      
     
         
     
 
       
     
 
 
 
                   
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