Godfrey Yogarajah the General Secretary of the National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka (NCEASL) and the Executive Director of the Religious Liberty Commission of the World Evangelical Alliance, was conferred the title of ‘Deshamanya’, Sri Lanka’s second highest national honour.
Mr. Yogarajah was conferred with the title at a special ceremony held at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) on 07th August 2015 under the patronage of Dr. Ranadeva Kariyawasam, the Director-General of the Samastha Lanka Nena Guna Padanama.
Mr. Yogarajah, who has provided leadership to the NCEASL for over 25 years, is a renowned religious liberty advocate, who has championed Religious Freedom and Human Rights in Sri Lanka and across the world. He is also the recipient of the ‘Good Samaritan Award’ (2004) for Religious Freedom, presented by Advocates International and the ‘Pro Fide Award’ (2005) presented by the Friends of the Martyrs in Finland for his contribution to the rights of minorities.
The Alliance Development Trust – NCEASL’s relief and development arm, under the leadership of Mr. Yogarajah, has received commendations from the Government for its work in relief, rehabilitation and development.