Ven. Galwewa Siridhamma Thero
Ven. Galwewa Siridhamma Thero, is a prominent student leader, human rights defender and an education rights activist. He is the convener of the Inter-University Bhikkhu Federation (IUBF), which has played a critical role in the ongoing peaceful protests, along with the Inter-University Students Federation (IUSF). These protests are primarily linked to the economic crisis, but also raise broader issues of governance, higher education, corruption, state repression and accountability. The human rights defender has faced legal reprisals including under the draconian anti-terror law due to his activism.