Lankapage Logo CP 19 YEARS
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to LankaPage.com

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* UN condemns recent attacks on Muslims and breakdown of law & order in Sri Lanka
Mon, Mar 12, 2018, 11:23 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 12, Colombo: The United Nations on Sunday condemned the recent attacks against Muslims and their property and breakdown of law & order in Sri Lanka.

UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman, who concluded a three-day visit to the island on March 11, offering condolences to the affected on behalf of the UN, urged the government to swiftly and fully implement the law to bring perpetrators to the justice.

He urged swift and full implementation of the Government's commitment to bring the perpetrators of the violence and hate speech to justice, to take measures to prevent recurrence, and to enforce non-discriminatory rule of law.

During his planned visit to Sri Lanka amidst the communal violence, the Under-Secretary-General Feltman met with President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe, Speaker of Parliament Karu Jayasuriya, Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana, as well as other political leaders and cabinet and government officials.

He also had the opportunity to meet with the members of Sri Lanka's diverse civil society, human rights representatives, and the diplomatic corps.

Noting the recent appointment of Commissioners to the Office on Missing Persons (OMP), Under-Secretary-General Feltman expressed hope that the OMP will soon be fully operational to help answer questions that haunt too many families from all across Sri Lanka about their missing loved ones

He also commended the Parliament's recent adoption of the Bill for the Protection Against Enforced Disappearances as an important element of the Sri Lankan government's commitment to its citizens.

The Under-Secretary-General underscored the importance of accelerating momentum on other initiatives, including regarding the constitution, truth and reconciliation, reparations, and counter-terrorism, in line with the Government's promise to strengthen the country's democratic principles and practices.

He expressed concern that many elements of the Government's visionary 2015 program seem stalled, despite their importance to sustainable peace, security and prosperity in Sri Lanka, and he appreciated the reassurances from Government leaders of their intention to move forward. He encouraged the Government to communicate their actions and timelines for reforms to the Sri Lankan people.

 

ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories ::
Thai Business Delegation briefed on Sri Lanka's Investment Potential
-- [5 hours ago]
Engineering Faculty of Peradeniya University closed indefinitely
-- [5 hours ago]
Special program launched to update websites of all Divisional and District Secretariats
-- [6 hours ago]
Sri Lanka Navy arrest four Indian nationals with 36 kg of Kerala cannabis
-- [7 hours ago]
Sri Lanka Navy rescues two Indian fishermen drifting in the sea
-- [8 hours ago]
Malaysia's Salcon bags US$ 17 million contract to build storm water pumping station in Sri Lanka
-- [8 hours ago]
Sri Lanka Minister apologizes for statement regarding death penalty and wrongdoers in high places
U.S. to grant Sri Lanka Rs. 80 bn to strengthen development - State Minister
Former police OIC, DIG arrested over Lasantha Wickrematunge's killing granted bail
Adjournment debate on the New York Times report in Sri Lanka parliament on Thursday

Copyright © 2000, 2016 by LankaPage.com (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of LankaPage.com, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from LankaPage.com, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.