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Former Sri Lanka FM Samaraweera steps down from Parliamentary politics & says it is necessary to initiate a movement towards a progressive political trajectory

Mangala Samaraweera informed the people of Matara who had courageously provided him protection and placed their confidence in him for three decades  that he...

Sri Lanka slams police over abduction bid of a student leader

AFP - Sri Lanka's police faced censure on Friday over an attempt to "abduct" a student activist, a tactic widely used against dissidents by...

Will Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Samaraweera get axed in cabinet reshuffle?

Political sources in Colombo are buzzing with rumours of a possible cabinet reshuffle within the next two weeks. President Sirisena told media on 20th April...

HRC 34: No new commitments arising from the High Commissioner’s Report in the Sri Lanka resolution

Image: Sri Lanka FM Samaraweera and Ambassador to UNHRC Ariyasinghe at GoSL side event held on 01 March at UNHRC. ©s.deshapriya. Sri Lanka's  Ministry of...

Sri Lanka FM Samaraweera’s statement at HRC 34 – Full text

Statement by Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera at the High Level Segment of the 34th Session of the Human Rights Council. Mr. President High Commissioner for Human...

13 side events planned on Sri Lanka during UNHRC 34; GoSL side event on 1st March.

Image: Sri Lanka FM Samaraweera will address a side event on ‘Developments in Sri Lanka’ on 1st March.(c) s.deshapriya. There are 13 side events planned ...

Today Sri Lanka has two choices between Impunity & corruption or accountability & rule of law

By Mangala Samaraweera. Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera says that " Today Sri Lanka has  a choice between impunity, conflict, corruption, extremism and poverty,...

Accountability Issues: Govt. To Set Up Judicial Mechanism

( FM Samaraweera: First step towards implementing HRC 30 resolution) In the wake of the Office of Missing Persons Bill being passed in Parliament, Foreign...

Sri Lanka Welcomes US Assistant Secretaries Biswal and Malinowski

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera welcomed Assistant Secretaries of State Nisha Biswal and Tom Malinowski to the island, this evening. Biswal, the US Assistant Secretary of...

Switzerland to Continue Supporting Reconciliation and Reforms in Sri Lanka

( Sri Lanka FM Mangala Samaraweera and Swiss Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter) (Bern, 03.03.2016) A meeting between Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera and Federal...

67 Achievements re Human Rights, Rule of Law & Reconciliation Process in Sri Lanka

SRI LANKA: HUMAN RIGHTS, RULE OF LAW AND RECONCILIATION PROGRESS January 2015 - February 2016 Prepared by the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Sri Lanka ________________________________________________________________ March 2016 1. The Cabinet...

Sri Lanka FM Samaraweera Lists Democratic Gains of the Govt in Geneva

(Recent developments in Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka Foreign Minster Mangala Samaraweera's speech at the 20th Meeting of the Governing Council of the Community of...

Sri Lanka Faces Military Insubordination During Reconciliation Drive

(Major General Chagi Gallage: A Rajapaksa loyalist?) Sri Lanka's government came face-to-face with military insubordination at a very high level when Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera...

Sri Lanka to Sign International Convention on Enforced Disappearance – Mangala Samaraweera (FM)

Today is International Human Rights Day. And as in the past, Sri Lanka will join the countries of the world in commemorating this important...

Enforced Disappearance: A Tamil Perspective – Rev. Fr. Elil Rajendram SJ

Picture courtesy RepublicSquareby Rev. Fr. Elil Rajendram SJ The following is Rev. Fr. Ranjendram’s speech delivered yesterday at the BMICH, commemorating the Day of the Disappeared...

Sri Lanka Accountability Process Would be Purely Domestic: FM

Sri Lanka opted for a domestic mechanism despite the UN rights chief Seid Raad Al Hussein called for a hybrid court to carry out...

Sri Lanka: A Four-pillared Strategy of Truth, Justice, Reparations and Non-recurrence

(Concluding Remarks made by Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera on October 23rd 2015 in the Parliamentary debate on the resolution on Sri Lanka passed by...

Diaspora Festival in Colombo Postponed

The Government has postponed the diaspora festival which was to take place in December, the Foreign Ministry said. A Foreign Ministry spokesperson told the Daily...

Accountability Framework for Lanka’s Own Sake: FM Mangala Samaraweera

Moments after he delivered a ground-breaking speech before the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday (14), Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera told the...

Sri Lanka Plans South Africa-style Commission to Confront War Crimes

By Stephanie Nebehay. GENEVA (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's new government said on Monday it was setting up a South Africa-style truth and reconciliation commission to...

Sri Lanka: The Accountability Process is Already Underway – Mangala Samaraweera

Following the Parliamentary election last week and the victory of the United National Front for Good Governance led by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, the...

Keen to Work with Tamil Diaspora for Reconciliation, Says Sri Lanka FM

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka is keen to engage all diaspora groups including Tamils in reconciliation efforts, foreign minister Mangala Samaraweera has said stressing the new...

SriLanka: Internal Mechanism Only in September

The government had commenced devising an indigenous mechanism to investigate alleged human rights violations and war crimes said to have taken place during the...

Mangala alleges Tamara Kunanayagam aided LTTE

(Tamara Kunanayagam ) Former Sri Lankan permanent representative to the UN in Geneva, Tamara Kunanayagam had acted on the LTTE’s behalf and aided and abetted...

Sri Lanka Foreign Minster’s Letter to Rights Commissioner Zeid Al Hussein

In a letter to Rights Commissioner Zeid Al Hussein  Sri Lanka Government has promised to establish a domestic set up a credible domestic mechanism...

Sri Lanka Wins Delay Over UN War Crimes Report

GENEVA (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's new government won a six-month delay on Monday in the publication of a report on alleged war crimes, after...

Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka Mangala Samaraweera Meets Secretary of State John Kerry

Remarks With Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka Mangala Samaraweera Before Their Meeting. SECRETARY KERRY: Good afternoon, everybody. It’s my great pleasure to welcome Foreign Minister...

Kamlesh Sharma, promises made to you, personally by the GoSL have been shamelessly, unrepentantly broken

Samaraweera: Sharma, act now''We recall that you promised Sri Lanka would put plans in place to change its legislative procedures to remove senior judges...

Democracy’s Great Betrayal

Press statement by Hon. Mangala SamaraweeraAll right thinking people of Sri Lanka unequivocally and unreservedly condemn the purported appointment by President Mahinda Rajapaksa...
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