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Sri Lanka's response to the joint statement issued by the UN Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide and the Special Advisor on the Responsibility to Protect

Responding to the joint statement issued by the United Nations Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide Adama Dieng and the United Nations Special Advisor on the Responsibility to Protect Karen Smith on 13 May 2019, Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York Ambassador Dr Rohan Perera stated that their prejudiced statement only serves to sensationalize issues at a time the government is taking stringent measures to maintain law and order and quell unrest in the interest of safety of all and that it skews the situation on the ground and interprets post-April 21 events through a narrow prism of stereotypical labels, while disregarding the deeper and more nuanced issues at play.

The full text of the response is appended below:

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Mr. Adama Dieng

United Nations Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide

 Mrs Karen Smith

United Nations Special Advisor on the Responsibility to Protect

Dear Mr. Dieng and Mrs. Smith,

The Government of Sri Lanka has carefully reviewed your joint statement of 13 May 2019, issued as a note to correspondents, where you have expressed alarm on the ‘growing acts of violence on the basis of religion’ in Sri Lanka. While noting your concerns, we were taken aback by your oversimplified narrative of events that are nuanced and complex in nature.

For the past decade, the people of Sri Lanka had been enjoying their hard-won peace and freedoms, and had embarked on the arduous path of reconciliation and national healing after nearly three decades of struggling against separatist terrorism. As has been perpetrated by ruthless terrorist groups inspired by ISIL/ Da’esh with global reach in many parts of the world, the horrendous Easter Sunday attacks were intended to create division among us and destroy the very fabric of our multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-cultural society, and deal an intentional blow to our economy. All peace-loving citizens of Sri Lanka are still trying to come to terms with the shock and aftermath.

While we mourn the loss of innocent lives, the support and solidarity from our friends in the international community, including the UN Secretary-General, have been overwhelming. We were reminded that we are fighting a common adversary in terrorism, and its associated manifestations of radicalization and violent extremism, which had taken many innocent lives from across many parts of the world in recent times.

Read more: Sri Lanka's response to the joint statement issued by the UN Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide and the Special Advisor on the Responsibility to Protect

 

Holy Mass and Memorial Service in Solidarity with People of Sri Lanka

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On 26th April 2019, the Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Catholic Church in Etobicoke, Toronto had packed with Sri Lankans belongs to all faiths at an interfaith solidarity in Mass and Memorial service to honour the victims and to bless the injured in the wake of Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka.

This event hastily organized by the Consulate General of Sri Lanka in association with the Canada-Sri Lanka Catholic Association in Toronto. The members of Federal Parliament of Canada and Provincial Parliament of Ontario, Mayor of Mississauga, Chief of Protocol of Ontario, members of the Consular corps in Toronto and other dignitaries among the participants.

Read more: Holy Mass and Memorial Service in Solidarity with People of Sri Lanka

 

Lt. Governor of Ontario province signs Condolence Book at Sri Lanka Consulate General

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Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Province, Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell visited the Sri Lanka Consulate in Toronto on 23rd April 2019 to sign the Condolence Book opened at the Consul General’s office at the Consulate in memory of the victims and all those affected by the attacks on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka. The Hon. Governor offered her sincere condolences to the people of Sri Lanka and she also expressed that “such devastating times reminds us that we are all one people and everyone stand with you in solidarity”.

Consuls General of USA, Japan, China, Korea, Turkey, UAE, Ghana, Argentina, Barbados, Bulgaria, Serbia and Hungary were among the other signatories of condolence book.

 

Consulate General of Sri Lanka

Toronto

29 April 2019

 

Lt. Governor of Ontario province signs Condolence Book at Sri Lanka Consulate General

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Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Province, Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell visited the Sri Lanka Consulate in Toronto on 23rd April 2019 to sign the Condolence Book opened at the Consul General’s office at the Consulate in memory of the victims and all those affected by the attacks on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka. The Hon. Governor offered her sincere condolences to the people of Sri Lanka and she also expressed that “such devastating times reminds us that we are all one people and everyone stand with you in solidarity”.

Consuls General of USA, Japan, China, Korea, Turkey, UAE, Ghana, Argentina, Barbados, Bulgaria, Serbia and Hungary were among the other signatories of condolence book.

Consulate General of Sri Lanka

Toronto

29 April 2019

 

First ever Sinhalese Heritage Day and 43rd Annual New Year Celebrations at the Parliament of Canada

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The inaugural Sinhalese Heritage Day and 43rd Annual New Year Celebration organized by the Sri Lanka Canada Association of Ottawa (SLCAO) was held at the Parliament in Canada on 27th April 2019. This event was organized in collaboration with Canada Sinhalese Association of Toronto, Sri Lanka United National association (SLUNA) of Toronto, Sri Lanka Canada Association of Manitoba (SLAM) and Friends of Sri Lanka in Montreal among others.

The ceremony comprised of Sri Lankan cultural dance/music performances, heritage stations exhibiting various aspects of Sinhalese heritage and complementary traditional Sri Lankan Food. The Sri Lanka High Commission station promoted Sri Lanka as a tourist destination and served complementary Ceylon tea to the visitors who attended the event.

Read more: First ever Sinhalese Heritage Day and 43rd Annual New Year Celebrations at the Parliament of Canada

 

On Arrival Tourist Visa for Selected Countries on Free of Charge with Effect from 1 st May 2019

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Media Release-Statement from Sri Lanka Tourism (SLTDA & SLTPB)

Following  the acts of terror that took place on Easter Sunday, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SL TPB) and Sri Lanka Tourism Development  Authority (SLTDA) have continued to engage with high-level  government  officials  and tourism  stakeholders  in order to assess the current situation  and have taken necessary  steps to ensure all possible assistance  is provided to tourists in need of help.

Sri  Lanka Tourism is deeply shocked  and  saddened by  the senseless violence and unreservedly  condemns these  dastardly  acts. We  offer  our  deepest  sympathies and condolences to all the victims and their families, while wishing a speedy recovery to all those injured and currently receiving treatment.

In the immediate  aftermath of the explosions  Sri Lanka Tourism deployed trained emergency response  teams  and its representatives  at hospitals,  affected  hotels  and  the airport  to assist tourists  in  any  way  possible  including  hotel  transfers,  airline  bookings,  airport  transfers, itinerary  changes, hospital  treatment,   contacting   their  loved  ones  and  reuniting   missing family members through diplomatic channels.

In addition  a 24 hour emergency  support desk has been established  and can be accessed  as follows;

Emergency  local hotline number to assist tourists currently in Sri Lanka - 1912

Emergency   hotline  to  assist  families  of  affected  foreign  nationals   (  Travel  Information counter at BIA)   +94 11 2252411 or  + 94 112252861 Ext 3359

Sri Lanka Tourism wishes to assure tourists who are already in the country and unaffected by the tenor  attacks that the police, tourism police and security forces are jointly  implementing  a comprehensive  security  plan to ensure their  safety  across the island including  all important tourism  sites.  Meanwhile  a security  briefing  was held  on 22nd April  for hotel  owners  and operators on the new safety measures that are being rolled out and to seek their cooperation in strengthening  security at hotels and resorts.

Sri Lanka Tourism would like to reassure the world that the country is open for business and all possible measures  have been taken to ensure the safety and security of tourists. Our world famous tourism  sites, hotels,  resorts  and other tourist  attractions  will remain  open as usual. There are no road closures or restrictions on movement anywhere in the island.

Sri Lanka is a proudly  diverse nation which celebrates  its multicultural  nature.  Since the end of the war  a decade  ago,  Sri Lanka  has  enjoyed  absolute  peace  and  it will  do everything within its power to maintain  the peaee that every Sri Lankan cherishes and rebuild what has been destroyed with renewed vigour. There is no place for terrorism of any kind in Sri Lanka and  whoever  that  is responsible  for the  Easter  Sunday  violence  will be  hunted  down  and punished in the strongest possible manner.

Sri Lanka Tourism looks forward to warmly welcome all those who have planned trips to the country in the days, weeks and months ahead.

(Concluded)

 

Ministry  of Tourism  Development,   Wildlife  and Christian   Religious  Affairs

No. 78,Galle Road,  Colombo  3,Sri Lanka

Office:+94112382206

Fax: +94112382218

Mobile:  +94 777354794

Email:   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Web:  www.tonrismmin.gov.lk / www.sri1anka.travel

 

   

Statement from Sri Lanka Tourism (SLTDA & SL TPB)

23rd  April 2019

Media Release

Following the acts of terror that took place on Easter Sunday,  Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) and Sri Lanka Tourism Development  Authority (SLTDA) have continued to engage with high-level  government  officials  and tourism  stakeholders  in order to assess the current situation and have taken necessary  steps to ensure all possible  assistance is provided to tourists in need of help.

Sri  Lanka   Tourism   is   deeply   shocked   and   saddened   by   the   senseless   violence   and unreservedly    condemns   these   dastardly   acts.   We   offer   our   deepest   sympathies   and condolences to all the victims and their families, while wishing a speedy recovery to all those injured and currently receiving treatment.

In the immediate aftermath  of the explosions  Sri Lanka Tourism deployed trained emergency response  teams  and its representatives  at hospitals,  affected  hotels  and the airport  to assist tourists  in  any  way  possible  including  hotel  transfers,  airline  bookings,  airport  transfers, itinerary  changes, hospital  treatment,   contacting  their  loved  ones  and  reuniting   missing family members through diplomatic channels.

In addition  a 24 hour emergency  support desk has been established  and can be accessed  as follows;

Emergency local hotline number to assist tourists currently in Sri Lanka - 1912

Emergency hotline to assist families of affected foreign nationals +94 11 2322485

Sri Lanka Tourism wishes to assure tourists who are already in the country and unaffected  by the terror uuucks that the police, tourism police uud security forces urc jointly  implementing  a comprehensive  security  plan  to ensure their safety across the island including  all important tourism  sites. Meanwhile  a security  briefing  was held  on 22nd April  for hotel  owners  and operators on the new safety measures that are being rolled out and to seek their cooperation in strengthening security at hotels and resorts.

Sri Lanka Tourism would like to reassure the world that the country is open for business  and all possible measures have been taken to ensure the safety and security of tourists. Our world famous tourism  sites, hotels,  resorts  and other tourist  attractions  will remain  open as usual. There are no road closures or restrictions on movement anywhere in the island.

Sri Lanka is a proudly  diverse nation which celebrates its multicultural  nature. Since the end of the war  a decade  ago,  Sri Lanka  has  enjoyed  absolute  peace  and it will  do everything within its power to maintain  the peace that every Sri Lankan  cherishes and rebuild what has been destroyed with renewed vigour. There is no place for terrorism of any kind in Sri Lanka and whoever  that  is responsible  for the  Easter  Sunday  violence  will  be hunted  down  and punished in the strongest possible manner.

Sri Lanka  Tourism   looks  forward   to warmly   welcome   all those  who  have  planned   trips  to the country  in the days,  weeks  and months   ahead.

(Concluded)

Ministry  of Tourism  Development,   Wildlife  and  Christian   Religious  Affairs

No. 78, Galle Road,  Colombo  3, Sri Lanka

Office: +94112382206

Fax: +94112382218

Mobile:  +94 777 354 794

Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Web:www.tuurismmin.sutvo .lk/ www.si-ilnnka.travel

   

Explosions in Sri Lanka

The Sri Lanka High Commission has assigned the following points of contact to respond/assist public inquires on the situation in Sri Lanka in the aftermath of the explosions on Sunday  21stApril, 2019.

 

The following officers may be contacted on matters related to Consular Affairs, Media, Travel and Tourism or any other matters of concern. Please note that the High Commission will only respond to specific queries of concern and relevance and not to general queries on the situation.

 

For Urgent Inquires                                                                      Contact Details


Mission Hotline                                                                             613-233-8449

Mrs. J. Ellepola/ Mr. S.Amarakoon                                                             slhcit@rogers.com

 

For Consular Matters 613-233-3994

Mrs.S. Khan                                                                                         This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

                                                                                                                613-233-3994

 

For Media, Travel and Tourism                                                            This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it                                                             

Mrs.Mithila Perera                                                                                613-233-1550   

                                                                            

24 hour hotline for inquires on affected foreign nationals

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sri Lanka                                                     +94 11 232 3015

 

In addition to the above, the following Sri Lanka Police helpline is also available for assistance.

 

Sri Lanka Police Helpline                                                            +94 11 232 2485

 

 

Sri Lanka High Commission

Ottawa

21st April 2019

   

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