Sri Lanka has not reported a local case of malaria since October 2012. If it can remain malaria-free for one more year, the country will be eligible to apply to the World Health Organization for malaria-free certification. This remarkable success was achieved rapidly and largely during a protracted civil war. As recently as the year 2000, Sri Lanka had over 100,000 cases of malaria.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa condemned last week's shooting incident in Canada and said all should unite to fight this menace. The President, in his Twitter account, said that it is very disturbing to see increasing terrorists acts in many countries, now even Canada. He stressed the importance of uniting as equal partners to fight the menace of global terrorism.
Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva and Leader of the Sri Lanka delegation to the Human Rights Committee Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha asked the Human Rights Committee to “judge Sri Lanka inproportion to the challenges Sri Lanka has continued to face as a country emerging from a 30 year terrorist conflict".
Sri Lanka has called on refugee receiving countries to expedite the processes of finalizing resettlement claims and to also assist UNHCR to enhance its resource capacity, in order to overcome present difficulties being experienced in Sri Lanka on account of rapid influx of refugees/asylum seekers .
Twenty-two developing countries of the Like Minded Group (LMG) in Geneva, in a joint statement made through its Chair - Egypt, have said the Group "believes that the intrusive mandate given to the OHCHR by Res. 25/1 to carry out investigations on Sri Lanka is unwarranted, especially in the context where the country is implementing its own domestic processes". It said "OHCHR's efforts should contribute to a state's own efforts in the promotion and protection of human rights, as stipulated in the UNGA Res. 48/141, UNGA Res. 60/251, UNGA Res. 65/281 and in the IB package. These core documents do not confer any oversight authority to the OHCHR over sovereign countries. Any external assistance to countries should expressly be in consultation with and with the consent of that country". It also noted that "however, in contravention of these fundamental principles, Resolution 25/1 calls for 'comprehensive investigation' by the OHCHR, thereby vesting an investigative authority on the office". It said, "as we have observed, successive resolutions on Sri Lanka have not enjoyed the consensus of the Council members. This was amply evident by the divided vote of 14 against, 10 abstentions on OP 10 of resolution 25/1, which sought to establish the OHCHR investigation". The statement added "the international community should be mindful not to jeopardize the delicate process of reconciliation that is already underway in Sri Lanka".
(by Lucien Rajakarunanayake) - The visits of the two leading nations of the Far East, China and Japan, to Sri Lanka in the past two weeks, with China being among the emerging word economic powers and Japan re-asserting her importance in the region, with its alliance with the USA to counter the rise of China, has underscored Sri Lanka as the location of major importance in maritime security in the Indian Ocean Region.
Speech deliverd by Secretary Defence and Urban Development at the workshop on 'Urban Resilience' organised by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme at the Waters Edge Hotel in Battaramulla today (16th September)
Anagarika Dharmapala worked relentlessly to uplift Sinhala Buddhists during the darkest era in Sri Lankan history when there was no opportunity for the people even to think about freedom, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa. “At that time there were no political parties in Sri Lanka. Also, there was not even a sign of such political groupings. Anagarika Dharmapala, living in a period in which on one side there were the colonial rulers and on the other, the people who lived with ignorance and subservience, but he succeeded in awaking Sri Lankans so that they could live with certain amount of free movement,” he said.