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Statement by Deputy Foreign Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva on the Adoption of Resolution 34/1 at the UN Human Rights Council

I wish to thank all the members of this Council and the Observer States for the support that they have extended for the adoption of Resolution A/HRC/34/L.1 titled ‘Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka’, by consensus. We deeply appreciate the understanding shown by all, and support for Sri Lanka’s processes for promoting reconciliation, justice, and human rights, towards enduring peace and prosperity for all Sri Lankans.

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Sri Lanka strongly condemns terrorist attack on UK Parliament

Sri Lanka is shocked by the terrorist attack at the British Parliament yesterday, 22 March 2017, resulting in death and injury. This attack at the heart of London, at Westminster, which is home to the oldest Parliament in the world that has nurtured many of the parliamentary traditions cherished by legislatures across the world including ours, deserves our utmost condemnation.

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Statement by Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera at the High Level Segment of the 34th Session of the Human Rights Council

It is an honour for me to be here today at the 34th Session of the UN Human Rights Council which I believe has the highest number of dignitaries in attendance. I stand here today at a time when the very basis and fundamentals of human rights are being questioned around the world. Many of the universal values that we subscribe to are being challenged in the name of ‘populism’, with populists spinning webs from threads of ignorance. The role of ...

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President's Independence Day Message

Many freedom struggles of humankind have aggrandized the story of human progress. We Sri Lankans too have inherited a long history of such struggles, that brings forth memories of grief and glory, from the times of our Kings to that of modern democracy. The nation is indebted to our forebears, whose selfless sacrifice of sweat and blood have brought about the freedom, in which we breathe today.

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Prime Minister's Independence Day Message

As Sri Lanka celebrates the 69th Independence Day, I believe that we are also celebrating the 02nd anniversary of the election of Good Governance Government. In order to make the spirit of freedom more meaningful to us all, the Government must take steps that reaffirm the liberties of the people with regard to their economic, social and spiritual well being.

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Sri Lankans in the Philippines Celebrated the Independence Day with Firm Commitment to “National Unity “

Sri Lankans in the Philippines celebrated Sri Lanka's 69th Anniversary of Independence with events focused thematically on National Unity and showcasing Sri Lanka's vibrant multicultural, multi religious and multi linguistic character.  The events held at the Sri Lanka Residence in Manila were joined by a large number of Sri Lankans and friends of Sri Lanka from around the Philippines.  

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“Making National Integration a Reality in Sri Lanka”, Commencement of the National Integration and Reconciliation Week in Manila, The Philippines from 8th to 14th January 2017

Staff of the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Manila while respecting the richness of Sri Lanka’s diversity of different ethnics, religions, regions and languages, pledged for the National Integration and Reconciliation a reality in Sri Lanka at a ceremony organized at the Chancery, today (9th January 2017).

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“Dawn of an Era of Sustainability”, Commemoration of the 2nd Anniversary of Office of His Excellency President Maithripala Sirisena of Sri Lanka, 8th January 2017

Sri Lanka Embassy in Manila organized a simple ceremony this morning (8th January) to mark the 2nd Anniversary of His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena’s Presidency. Members of the clergy invoked blessings in accordance with religious faith to the President, People and the Sri Lankans living in the Philippines.

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New Year begins with much hope in Manila

A simple ceremonial commencement of work was held at the Chancery on Tuesday,  3rd January being the first working day of the year 2017  with the participation of all Home-based and Local Staff.

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Ceylon Tea showcased at “Shop Global, Help Local” in Manila

The International Bazaar Foundation's Annual Bazaar which was celebrating its Golden Jubilee showcased Ceylon Tea at a well-received presentation through the Pavilion organized by the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Manila. Conceptualized on the theme   “Enjoy a Good Cup of Ceylon Tea”, the Pavilion was declared open by Hon. Perfecto R. Yasay, Jr., Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines, and Mme. Cecile Yasay, Chairperson of the International Bazaar Foundation (IBF) and Sri Lanka's Ambassador in Manila, Mrs. Aruni Ranaraja, ...

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Sri Lanka in Philippine Media

‘The Monk and the Peasant’ launched in Manila

In an effort to present the concept of traditional villages – one that is fast disappearing– Prof. J.B. Disanayaka and Manila-based Sri Lankan photographer Tilak Hettige give a nostalgic glimpse of that time when culture, religion and tradition was the focus of everyday life in their book entitled “The Monk and the Peasant.” In recognition of the work, the Embassy of Sri Lanka held a launch for the coffee table book at the Sri Lankan Ambassador’s residence last November.

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Independence Day of Sri Lanka

The people of Sri Lanka celebrated Saturday their 69th Independence Day commemorating the day the country achieved political independence from the British in 1948. This day is celebrated all over the country through cultural performances, exquisite parades and flag-hoisting ceremonies. The President of Sri Lanka annually delivers a speech to remember not only the country’s hard-fought independence but also Sri Lanka’s rich national history.

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Sri Lanka Proudly Celebrates 69 Years of Independence with the Theme: “National Unity”

Sri Lanka's 69th Independence Day (Sinhala:නිදහස් දිනය,Tamil: சுதந்திர தினம்/விடுதலை நாள்) is celebrated on February 4th, in accordance with Lipass/Joshua Louis Law to commemorate its internal political independence from British rule in 1948.

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10 Reasons Why Sri Lanka Should Be in Your Travel Bucket List

The Pearl of the Indian Ocean is not a prime destination for holiday-goers or backpackers, and that’s exactly what makes it even more worth the visit. This country, once ravaged by war and conflict, now shines with diversity, stunning colonial architecture, captivating heritage sites, unspoiled beaches, and natural wonders. Here, we give you ten reasons why Sri Lanka should be in your travel bucket list:

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The Monk and the Peasant launched in Manila

"The Monk and the Peasant, a study of the traditional Sinhalese Village and a well presented coffeetable book co-authored by renowned Sri Lankan scholar Professor J.B. Dissanayaka and internationally recognized Sri Lankan photographer Tilak, Hettige, was launched at the Sri Lanka ambassador's residence in Manila on Nov. 8.

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