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Notice on the Period of Operation of the Prescription (Special Provisions) Act No. 5 of 2016

admin/ July 21, 2017/ /

In pursuant to the section four of the above Act the disadvantaged persons who need to recover their immovable property including land due to the thirty year armed conflict in which period they could not claim for their rights are entitled to benefit from this Act within two years period commencing from 26.04.2016. This period will expire on 26.04.2018. To

Invitation for views and observations on Sri Lanka’s draft National Report for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Human Rights

admin/ July 19, 2017/ /

Invitation for views and observations on Sri Lanka’s draft National Report for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Human Rights The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a process in which the human rights records of all 193 UN Member States are reviewed periodically. It was introduced when the UN Human Rights Council was created by the United Nations General Assembly

Statement adopted by the Cabinet of Ministers directing law enforcement authorities and Attorney General to take immediate action against instigators and perpetrators of violence and hate speech against religious and ethnic groups

admin/ June 14, 2017/ /

අමාත්‍ය මණ්ඩල ප්‍රකාශය   ජනාධිපති මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන මහතාගේ නායකත්වය යටතේ පවතින ජාතික සම්මුතිවාදී  රජය, 2015 ජනවාරි සහ අගෝස්තු  මැතිවරණවලදී ලැබී ඇති ජනවරම් ප්‍රකාරව  ශ්‍රී ලාංකීය  ජාතිය නැවත කිසි කලෙකත්  ගැටුම්කාරී අතීතයට නොපිවිසෙන බවටත්, ඒ වෙනුවට සංහිඳියාව, තිරසාර සාමය සහ ආර්ථික සමෘද්ධිය ළඟා කරගැනීම උදෙසා කැපවන බවත් සහතික කරයි. වර්ගවාදී, ජනවාර්ගික සහ ආගමික වෛරයට, ප්‍රචණ්ඩත්වයට සහ දඬුවම් නොලබා වැරදි කිරීමට  අප

Speech made by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, MP., during the Adjournment moved by the Leader of the Opposition, Hon. R. Sampanthan, in Parliament on 22 February 2017

admin/ March 1, 2017/ /

Speech made by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, MP., during the Adjournment moved by the Leader of the Opposition, Hon. R. Sampanthan, in Parliament on 22 February 2017 Hon. Speaker, I thank the Honourable Leader of Opposition for raising this important issue in this House today – an issue on which the very future of our nation depends.

Consular Affairs Division moves to new premises

admin/ February 8, 2017/ /

Consular Affairs Division moves to new premises The Consular Affairs Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, presently at the BOI building, 3rd Floor at No.14, Sir Baron Jayathilake Mawatha in Fort, will be relocated to the Ceylinco Building, 2nd Floor, No. 69 Janadhipathi Mawatha, Colombo 01 with effect from Monday, 6th February 2017. The new premise will be ceremonially

Regional Consular Office of Foreign Ministry to be opened in Jaffna

admin/ January 27, 2017/ /

Following the vision of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, of enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery to the public, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will open a Regional Consular Office in Jaffna on Thursday 26 January 2017 at 10.30 a.m.   The Consular Office which will be located at the District Secretariat in Jaffna, will

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to visit Sri Lanka

admin/ August 31, 2016/ /

At the invitation of the Government, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, accompanied by Mrs Ban Soon-taek, will visit Sri Lanka from 31 August to 2 September 2016. The Secretary-General is expected to arrive in Sri Lanka in the evening of 31 August from Myanmar, and leave Sri Lanka late night on 2 September for China to participate

Statement by Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Foreign Affairs at the 32nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council

admin/ June 30, 2016/ /

At the 30th Session of this Council last October, Sri Lanka, by co-sponsoring the Resolution 30/1, ‘Promoting Reconciliation and Accountability in Sri Lanka’, broke away from the years of disengagement, self-isolation, and confrontation that preceded the election of President Maithripala Sirisena in January 2015. Sri Lanka, hailed at Independence in 1948 as a potential “Switzerland of the east”, was now

Address by Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera at Opening of the Sixth World Congress Against the Death Penalty

admin/ June 22, 2016/ /

Despite its widespread use, for millennia the death penalty has caused lingering societal discomfort and unease. Fairly early on in history many enlightened leaders have found the death penalty degrading of human dignity. For example, in ancient Sri Lanka a number of kings – influenced by the Buddha’s teaching – abolished the death penalty. In fact, for much of the