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09 / 16 / 2015

Zeid urges creation of hybrid special court in Sri Lanka as UN report confirms patterns of grave violations

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.

08 / 19 / 2015

UN Secretary-General Applauds the People of Sri Lanka for Peaceful Elections

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.

06 / 11 / 2015

Address by UN Resident Coordinator: Donor Conference on the Comprehensive Policy Framework and Formulation of the Resettlement Action Plan

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.

04 / 28 / 2015

Manual on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence presented to Sri Lanka Police

UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP’s Asia-Pacific Regional Director Mr. Haoliang Xu, met with the Inspector General of the Sri Lankan police, during his mission to Sri Lanka in April 2015. At the meeting, Mr. Xu presented a manual and reference guide on Sexual and Gender Based Violence to the Inspector General of the Sri Lanka Police.

04 / 24 / 2015

Sri Lanka and UN celebrate 60 year partnership

2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations on 24 October 1945, and the 60th anniversary of Sri Lanka becoming a member-state of the UN on 14 December 1955.

04 / 15 / 2015

Observations by the Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence

I would like to thank the Government of Sri Lanka for the invitation extended to undertake a visit to the country from 30 March to 3 April 2015. In the course of the visit, I was able to meet with high-level Government officials at central and provincial levels, members of the judiciary, civil society organizations, political parties, religious leaders, and victims.

03 / 23 / 2015

Launch of MDG Country Report 2014

Monday, 23 March 2015, Colombo. The Millennium Development Goals Country Report 2014 for Sri Lanka was launched at an event graced by Deputy Minister of Policy Planning and Economic Affairs, Hon. Dr. Harsha De Silva, this morning.

03 / 10 / 2015

International Women’s Day 2015

International Women’s Day, marked globally on 8 March, is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.

03 / 04 / 2015

Head of UN Political Affairs in Sri Lanka

SRI LANKA (4 March 2015) – Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, arrived in Sri Lanka on Saturday 28 February for a four day visit.
During his visit,  Mr. Feltman met with senior officials of the Government, political parties, and civil society groups.