Ms. Selyna Peiris, president of the Association of Young Liberals of Sri Lanka, is the first chair of the CALD Youth Caucus

Selyna Peiris, President of the Sri Lankan Liberal Youth organization, was elected Chair of the Asian Liberal Youth Caucus, which has been established in affiliation with the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats.

Ms Peiris received her first degree from the University of Hull, and has Masters degrees in Law from University College, London and in Advanced International Studies from the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna. She is currently completing her Attorney’s Exams in Sri Lanka, while working in a legal firm and in humanitarian assistance.

Ms Peiris was previously the Sri Lankan Liberal Party intern with the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe at the European Parliament in Brussels. The Secretary General of the Sri Lankan Liberal Youth, Chamil Prasad, will take up another internship in Brussels later this year.

Ms Pieris was accompanied to the Youth Caucus meeting by Mr Upai Saddhnanda, who has been working on workshops in liberal democratic principles for young people in the Eastern and Southern provinces, based on an initial initiative of the National Democratic Institute. Despite the conclusion of that programme, the Liberal Youth group hopes to continue with such initiatives, in particular in the context of national reconciliation and the expansion of opportunities for young people nationwide.

The Sri Lankan Liberal Party is the current Chair Party of CALD, and Prof Rajiva Wijesinha, Chairman of CALD, delivered the keynote address at the inaugural meeting of the Caucus held in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, from 18th – 20th August 2010.

An extract from that address, along with the introduction to the Liberal Youth of Sri Lanka, given by Ms Peiris in her first address to the caucus can be viewed below

Selyna Pieris – .http://www.liberalparty-srilanka.org/news-and-reflections/7-speeches/36-selynapeiris.html

The CALD Youth Caucus 2010 proceedings can be viewed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/asianliberals

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