News & Statements
GENEVA/COLOMBO (4 February 2016) – The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein will begin a four-day official visit to Sri Lanka on Saturday, at the invitation of the Government.
The UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Sri Lanka, Mr. Subinay Nandy, concluded his assignment in Sri Lanka on 14 January 2016, after a 4 year and 8 month term. On his last day in office, Mr. Nandy called on His Excellency President Maithripala Sirisena for an exit meeting.
In my 25 years at the United Nations I have had the privilege of serving in a number of countries. In May of 2011, I arrived in Sri Lanka. Two years had passed since the end of the civil war. The country was transitioning from a humanitarian phase to a path of restoration and lasting peace.
On behalf of the United Nations system, may I start by thanking Your Excellency President Maithripala Sirisena for the kind invitation to speak today on this momentous occasion. I believe it signifies the strength of partnership that has been fostered between the United Nations and the Government over more than 60 years, and extensively re-affirmed throughout the last year.
COLOMBO / GENEVA (18 November 2015) “Sri Lanka has the opportunity to once and for all meet the rights and legitimate expectations of thousands of families of disappeared” a delegation of the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances said today as it concluded its visit to Sri Lanka. “Families have waited too long – the time for action has come.”
His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena, the President of Sri Lanka; Representatives from the Prime Minister’s Office; Hon. Ministers and Deputy Ministers; Hon. Commissioners and Director General of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC); distinguished guests; and citizens who have come together today to demonstrate your support to eliminate bribery and corruption
GENEVA (16 September 2015) – A UN report* published today has identified patterns of grave violations in Sri Lanka between 2002 and 2011, strongly indicating that war crimes and crimes against humanity were most likely committed by both sides to the conflict.
The Secretary-General applauds the people of Sri Lanka for their peaceful and broad-based participation in the parliamentary elections of 17 August. He commends the President for having shepherded an inclusive process and the Election Commissioner for his exemplary efforts in helping guarantee the exercise of the right to vote of the people of Sri Lanka.
On behalf of the UN Country Team and the Humanitarian Country Team, I am honored to address you today on the occasion of this important consultation with development partners for the formulation of a Comprehensive Policy Framework and a Resettlement Action Plan for Sri Lanka.