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Mangala says Kerry’s visit marks Sri Lanka’s return to center of world stage

U.S. Secretary John Kerry who is currently on an official visit to Sri Lanka met with Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera today (May 2). The transcript of their remarks issued by the U.S. Department of State is appended below.
FOREIGN MINISTER SAMARAWEERA: Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. It has been a great honor and our privilege […]

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Kerry encourages Americans to invest in Sri Lanka, pledges financial package for economic development

US Secretary of State John Kerry who visited Sri Lanka at the invitation of Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera concluded his two-day visit to the country on Sunday, 3rd May 2015.
During the visit which was the first official visit by a US Secretary of State in 43 years, Secretary Kerry called on President Maithripala Sirisena at […]

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Kerry says America firm partners with Sri Lanka

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry who undertook an official visit to Sri Lanka from May 2-3, 2015, addressed a public event in Colombo on Strengthening the U.S.-Sri Lanka Partnership for Human Rights and Lasting Peace. The event was organized under the auspices of the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations and Strategic Studies on May […]

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Obama calls peaceful transition of power in Sri Lanka, symbol of hope for democracy around the world

STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA ON THE ELECTION IN SRI LANKA
On behalf of the American people, I congratulate the people of Sri Lanka on the successful and peaceful conclusion of Sri Lanka’s presidential election and incoming President Maithripala Sirisena on his victory. I also commend the outgoing administration of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa for […]

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Joint Services Command admits past mistakes due to political pressure, say committed to upholding law tomorrow

COMMUNIQUE
07th January 2015
1.               The Joint Services Command consisting of patriotic senior officers of the Sri Lanka Army, Sri Lanka Navy and Sri Lanka Air Force, with the support of Junior Officers and Other Ranks hereby hold presidential candidate Mahinda Rajapaksha, the Cabinet of Ministers, Speaker of the Parliament, Members of Parliament, Members of Provincial Councils, Regional Councils, […]

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Sri Lankan government heading towards dictatorship says HR chief Navi Pillay after fact finding visit

Opening remarks by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay at a press conference during her mission to Sri Lanka
Colombo, 31 August 2013
Good morning, and thank you for coming.
As is customary at the end of official missions such as this, I would like to make some observations concerning the human rights situation in the […]

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CPA on new laws seeking action against publications that ‘defame the original teachings and traditions of the major religions’

21 August 2013, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is deeply concerned by reports that the Ministry of Buddha Sasana and Religious Affairs is to introduce new laws seeking action against
publications that ‘defame the original teachings and traditions of the major religions’. These reports state that as a first step, a draft […]

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SRI LANKA: Lawyers appalled at killing peaceful protesters, urges government to control its armed forces

Responding to the brutal attack by the armed forces on Thursday (1st August) at Weliweriya, killing and injuring unarmed civilians demanding uncontaminated water, the Lawyers Collective strongly condemns the Government’s continuous ferocity against peaceful protesters. The Government has displayed total disrespect to the constitutional guarantees on civil liberties of its own citizens. Evidence clearly establishes […]

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Human Rights Defender Nimalka Fernando harassed, heckled and threatened by Sri Lankan Embassy officials in Japan

THE INTERNATIONAL MOVEMENT AGAINST ALL FORMS OF DISCRIMINATION AND RACISM (IMADR) Japan has condemned
roundly the harassment of a Sri Lankan Human Rights Defender Dr. Nimalka Fernando by Sri Lankan Embassy staff in Tokyo. Fernando was heckled and interrupted during a seminar lecture delivered by her . Embassy staff also followed her and tried to intimidate and threaten […]

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SRI LANKA : Fourth Anniversary war victory celebrations will impede reconciliation and foment triumphalism

May 19 will mark the 4th anniversary of the end of Sri Lanka’s three decade long civil war, but with the absence of a joint commemoration to
remember all who lost their lives in it as recommended by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC). The end of the war has greatly improved the lives of […]

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Kerry Ajith Mangala

Mangala says Kerry’s visit marks Sri Lanka’s return to center of world stage

Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera U.S. Secretary John Kerry who is currently on an official visit to Sri Lanka met with Minister of Foreign Affairs ...

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Kerry and prsident Sirisena

Kerry encourages Americans to invest in Sri Lanka, pledges financial package for economic development

US Secretary of State with Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena with US Secretary of State John Kerry US Secretary of State ...

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Secretary of State John Kerry with his counterpart Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera

Kerry says America firm partners with Sri Lanka

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry who undertook an official visit to Sri Lanka from May 2-3, 2015, addressed a public event in Colombo on Strengthening ...

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Obama calls peaceful transition of power in Sri Lanka, symbol of hope for democracy around the world

STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA ON THE ELECTION IN SRI LANKA On behalf of the American people, I congratulate the people of Sri Lanka on ...

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Joint Services Command admits past mistakes due to political pressure, say committed to upholding law tomorrow

COMMUNIQUE 07th January 2015 1.               The Joint Services Command consisting of patriotic senior officers of the Sri Lanka Army, Sri Lanka Navy and Sri Lanka Air Force, with the ...

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UN Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay says she hopes the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) will address reports on Sri Lanka. (File photo)

Sri Lankan government heading towards dictatorship says HR chief Navi Pillay after fact finding visit

Opening remarks by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay at a press conference during her mission to Sri Lanka Colombo, 31 August 2013 Good morning, ...

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President Rajapakse in Parliament on Thursday August 25, 2011 read out proposals to end Emergency Regulations

CPA on new laws seeking action against publications that ‘defame the original teachings and traditions of the major religions’

21 August 2013, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is deeply concerned by reports that the Ministry of Buddha Sasana and Religious ...

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SRI LANKA: Lawyers appalled at killing peaceful protesters, urges government to control its armed forces

Responding to the brutal attack by the armed forces on Thursday (1st August) at Weliweriya, killing and injuring unarmed civilians demanding uncontaminated water, the Lawyers ...

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Nimalka Fernando

Human Rights Defender Nimalka Fernando harassed, heckled and threatened by Sri Lankan Embassy officials in Japan

THE INTERNATIONAL MOVEMENT AGAINST ALL FORMS OF DISCRIMINATION AND RACISM (IMADR) Japan has condemned Nimalka Fernando roundly the harassment of a Sri Lankan Human Rights Defender Dr. Nimalka ...

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The body of the once elusive LTTE supremo Pirapaharan is carried by Sri Lanka's troops at the end of the war in May 2009

SRI LANKA : Fourth Anniversary war victory celebrations will impede reconciliation and foment triumphalism

May 19 will mark the 4th anniversary of the end of Sri Lanka’s three decade long civil war, but with the absence of a joint ...