At a special ceremony, 22 Christian Religious Freedom Advocates and Human Rights Activists from around the world were presented with the prestigious ‘Good Samaritan Award’ in recognition of their commitment and contribution in preserving religious liberty and human rights. Mr. Godfrey Yogarajah, who heads the National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka (NCEASL) as General Secretary, was one of only two Asian nationals to receive this award in 2004.
From the 36th – 30th of October 2004, over 300 judges, ambassadors, lawyers, advocates and human rights activists drawn from some 80 nations met together in Mc Lean, Virginia, USA to attend the Global Convocation of ‘Advocates International’ – an organization with a network of thousands of Christian lawyers and Human Rights activists from Asia, Africa, Europe, North and South America.
Mr. Samuel E. Ericsson President of Advocates International, introducing Mr. Yogarajah said he was chosen to receive this honour, for his continued commitment and activism in championing religious freedom in Sri Lanka and Asia. During the past decade or more, NCEASL has been the voice of the suffering Church in Sri Lanka, playing a pivotal role in championing the cause of religious freedom in Sri Lanka and other Asian nations.
“I accept this award on behalf of the thousands of suffering Christians in Sri Lanka” Mr. Yogarajah said. “I consider this as an award for the organization, for the hard work and dedication of all the staff” he added.