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International Emminent Persons Group observing Human Rights panel hold inaugural meeting in Colombo

The Eight-Member Commission of the Inquiry appointed to Investigate and Inquire into alleged serious violations of human rights (COI) and the Eleven-Member International Independent Group of Emminent Persons appointed to observe the functions of the Commission of Inquiry (IIGEP) met in Colombo for the first time on 12 -13 February 2007.

Addressing the media today Government Spokesperson for National Security, Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said the constituting of these groups and particularly the international independent group was indicative of the transparency the GOSL sought to bring to this process. The international panel headed by former Chief Justice P.N. Bhagwati, includes Mr. Andreas Movromatis, Dr. Kamal Hossain, Mr. Marzuki Darusman, Prof. Yozo Yokota, Prof. C. Fasseur, Prof. Sir. Nigel Rodley KBE, Mr. Arthur E Dewey, Prof Ivan Shearer, Dr Bruce Matthews, Dr. B. Kouchner. They had decided to initially focus on the first three cases listed in the schedule of incidents they have been mandated namely; the assassination of Foreign Minister Kadirgamar in August 2005, the killing of 17 aid workers of the international NGO Action Contra La Faim (ACF) in early August 2006 and the alleged execution of Muslim villagers in Muttur in early August 2006 and the execution at Welikanda of 14 persons from Muttur who were being transported in ambulances. They are scheduled to meet again on 12 -13 March 2007.

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Sri Lanka Embassy in Israel conducts Mobile Service for Sri Lankan Migrant Workers

In commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of Independence of Sri Lanka, the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Israel conducted a one-day mobile service at St. Joseph’s Church in Haifa on 18.02.2018 for the benefit of Sri Lankan migrant workers living and employed in Haifa. Sri Lanka's Ambassador to Israel...

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Tea Festival at Toronto Reference Library, 3rd – 4th February 2018

Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Toronto took part at the 6th Annual Tea Festival, organized by the Tea Guild of Canada, held at the Toronto Reference Library from 3rd - 4th  February 2018, with the support of the Sri Lanka Tea Board. Ceylon Tea samples from Dimbula, Nuwara Eliya, Kandy, Uva,...

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UN Secretary General welcomes Decision adopted under Sri Lanka’s Presidency to advance work of the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva

The Conference on Disarmament (CD) presided over by Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha, on Friday (16 February 2018), adopted a Decision to establish five subsidiary bodies to discuss all items in its agenda, with a view to advance the substantive...

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Sri Lanka participates at the 22nd Thai International Travel Fair (TITF), 2018 in Thailand

The Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, in collaboration with the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Bangkok organized and coordinated the participation of Sri Lanka at the 22nd Thai International Travel Fair (TITF), held from 7 to 11 February 2018 at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center in Bangkok,...

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Sri Lanka participates in the International Mediterranean Tourism Market (IMTM 2018) in Israel

  The Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, in collaboration with the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Tel Aviv, organized and coordinated the participation of Sri Lanka in the 24th International Mediterranean Tourism Market (IMTM 2018), which was held from 6 to 7 February 2018 at the Tel Aviv Convention...

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Struggle for human rights in Sri Lanka: Progress despite a difficult legacy

Struggle for human rights in Sri Lanka: Progress despite a difficult legacy

By Dr Harsha de Silva, MP, Deputy Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs November 16, 2017, 11:56 pm  Sinhala Translation Tamil Translation  At a time when the world seems to be struggling mightily to put human rights at the forefront of a global discourse burdened by conflict, fear of terrorism and radicalisation, and real or perceived security threats of various kinds, mechanisms like the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the United Nations Human Right Council gain an added importance. The UPR was enacted in 2006 by the General Assembly of the UN as a process in which the human rights record of every member state is scrutinized by fellow member states...

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For Sri Lankan diplomat, a farewell and a homecoming

For Sri Lankan diplomat, a farewell and a homecoming

State Dept. hosts sendoff for Prasad Kariyawasam Sep 13, 2017 Updated    From left, Assistant Chief of Protocol Gladys Boluda, Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam and Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Tom Shannon. By Aziz Haniffa WASHINGTON – Having been appointed foreign secretary in his home nation of Sri Lanka, Ambassador to the U.S. Prasad Kariyawasam was given a formal farewell earlier this month, hosted by the State Department.   At an elegant reception in the department’s eighth floor Monroe Room, officials, lawmakers and others said their goodbyes and wished him well as Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon...

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Dengue Epidemic in Sri Lanka is successfully brought under control

Dengue Epidemic in Sri Lanka is successfully brought under control

  Media Release Issued by SLTPB (PDF Format) The Dengue  Epidemic that has become a concern in Sri Lanka for the past few months is successfully brought under control by the measures taken by the relevant government authorities and collective effort of the general public alike, Sri Lanka Tourism confirms. Reported cases have dropped by 35-40% since mid-July according to the sources of Ministry of Health. Regular campaigns were implemented to educate, clean up areas and other preventive measures have been taking place to control the spreading of the disease under guidance and surveillance of the Ministry of Health of Sri Lanka. Health Authorities are on alert and have issued precautions...

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HOPE Photography Exhibition on "Reconciliation is …": September 2017

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Thumbs up for trade!

Thumbs up for trade!

Monday 17th October 2016 Companies from Australia, France, Thailand, Switzerland, Pakistan and India had expressed interest in investing and starting joint ventures with Sri Lankan companies at the conclusion of the World Export Development Forum (WEDF) yesterday, which gave special focus to SMEs and fostering direct engagement between businesses, officials said yesterday. The companies focused on several sectors including apparel, organic coconuts and spices, hotel building and business process outsourcing. These were the concrete engagements that were announced by the International Trade Centre (ITC) that was the main organiser of WEDF. ITC will track the gains made from the forum...

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