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Media Release by SLTPB: Update on Current Situation in Sri Lanka

Please find attached hereto a press release issued by the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau with regard to the current situation in Sri Lanka with the Kandy District having returned to normalcy.

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Minister Bandara tells UN - “Women co-architects of Sri Lanka’s post-independence welfare state”

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Mrs. Chandrani Bandara, Minister for Women and Child Affairs, this week said that in Sri Lanka, women were the co architects of Sri Lanka’s post-independence welfare state, which ensured free education and health care for all its citizens.

Read more: Minister Bandara tells UN - “Women co-architects of Sri Lanka’s post-independence welfare state”

 

Ministers Tilak Marapana, Sarath Amunugama and Faiszer Musthapha on Sri Lanka’s delegation to the 37th Session of the UN Human Rights Council

The High Commissioner for Human Rights, as requested by the Human Rights Council in Resolution 34/1 of 23 March 2017, will present a written update to the Council on 21 March 2018 on the implementation of Resolution 30/1 of 1 October 2015 and reconciliation and human rights related issues in Sri Lanka.

Read more: Ministers Tilak Marapana, Sarath Amunugama and Faiszer Musthapha on Sri Lanka’s delegation to the 37th Session of the UN Human Rights Council

 

Sri Lanka at the 37th Session of the UN Human Rights Council

The UN Human Rights Council convenes thrice every year in regular sessions – i.e. in February-March, June, and in September. The current 37th Session of the Council convened on 26 February 2018 and will conclude on 23 March[1].

Read more: Sri Lanka at the 37th Session of the UN Human Rights Council

 

Restriction to access Social Media removed on the instructions of President

President Maithripala Sirisena has given instructions to the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka to remove the temporary restriction to access the social media site Facebook with immediate effect.

Read more: Restriction to access Social Media removed on the instructions of President

 

Emergency lifted

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The state of emergency declared on March 06, 2018 according to the instructions given by President Maithripala Sirisena has been lifted. President Sirisena after returning to the country following a successful state visit to Japan signed the Gazette notification to lift the state of emergency with immediate effect from midnight yesterday.

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Press Statement from the Office on Missing Persons

Media Release of 12 March 2018, issued by the Office of Missing  Persons (OMP),  with statement  of its Chairman  and Commissioners setting out their aims and what they seek to achieve pursuant to the objectives of the OMP.

Text is in English, Sinhala & Tamil (PDF).

   

Developments in Sri Lanka Consequent to the recent Unrest in the Country

We trust the attachment demonstrates the commitment of the Government to deal with the issue by restoring normalcy, while addressing in a comprehensive manner matters that would require follow-up, including those relating to the payment of compensation, non-occurrence etc. 

12th March 2018

   

President Maithripala Sirisena to visit Japan and India

At the invitation of the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, President Maithripala Sirisena will undertake a State visit to Japan from 12 to 17 March 2018.

President Sirisena is scheduled to have an Imperial Audience with His Majesty, Emperor Akihito on 13 March, and on 14 March, he will meet Prime Minister Abe for summit talks. Following talks, the Japanese Premier will host the Sri Lankan President to a State dinner. The two leaders will discuss matters of mutual interest to deepen cooperation between Sri Lanka and Japan.

Read more: President Maithripala Sirisena to visit Japan and India

   

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