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22 May 2017 description
report UN General Assembly

Note by the Secretary-General

The Secretary-General has the honour to transmit to the General Assembly the report of the Director-General of the World Health Organization, submitted in accordance with General Assembly resolution 70/300.

Report of the Director-General of the World Health Organization on consolidating gains and accelerating efforts to control and eliminate malaria in developing countries, particularly in Africa, by 2030

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22 May 2017 description

May 19th 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The eighth anniversary of the end of the war draws attention to the progress made and prospects for meaningful reconciliation. At the expense of the multi-faceted challenge of transitional justice and reconciliation, attention, in recent years, has focused heavily on the last stage of the war, in particular the allegations of international crimes against both sides, the demand for accountability, the modalities and the mechanism in respect of it.

18 May 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

Draft Law Falls Far Short of Colombo’s Pledges to United Nations

(New York) – Sri Lanka’s latest counterterrorism bill falls far short of the government’s pledges to the United Nations Human Rights Council to end abusive detention without charge, Human Rights Watch said today. The Cabinet approved the third draft of the Counter Terrorism Act (CTA) on May 3, 2017, but no parliamentary vote has been set.

18 May 2017 description

On the eighth anniversary of the end of Sri Lanka’s decades-long conflict, Amnesty International calls on the government to repeal the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) and ensure that any legislation it introduces to replace it meets international standards.

The failure to repeal the notorious law is one of several commitments that the government has stalled on since coming to power two years ago, when it pledged to deliver truth, justice and reparation to victims of the conflict and enact reforms that would prevent further human rights violations

17 May 2017 description

A special discussion was held under the patronage of Secretary to the President P. B. Abeykoon to look into the issues of the internally displaced persons and resettle the displaced persons in the Mannar district, at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday (16th May).

A group of Muslim representatives and the officials of the Department of Forest Conservation including Secretary to the Ministry of Environment participated in this meeting. It was discussed in detail regarding the issues faced by the people in the area, and how to solve those issues.

17 May 2017 description

The Chinese President XI Jinping has promised to give two billion Yuan to Sri Lanka. In addition to the promised Yuan 400 million.

Meeting Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe President Xi Jinping yesterday evening in China (16th May) he said that China will support Sri Lanka’s peace, unity, reconciliation and economic development. Tracing the long diplomatic relations between the two countries he said that it is important to further strengthen the relations ship between the two countries.

16 May 2017 description

At 31 March 2017, there were 1,328 people in immigration detention facilities, including 1,048 in immigration detention on the mainland and 280 in immigration detention on Christmas Island.

A further 544 people were living in the community after being approved for a residence determination and 24,063 were living in the community after grant of a Bridging Visa E.

15 May 2017 description
report UN Population Fund

We are a diverse, dynamic, and talented work-force, accompanying Sri Lanka in its socio-economic development.

Our overall commitment is to enable populations, with a focus on women, young people, and the elderly, by promoting reproductive rights and gender equality for an inclusive and peaceful Sri Lanka.

11 May 2017 description

Women’s Leadership in Humanitarian Action Gender inequalities constrain the influence and control that women and girls have over their own lives. Disasters and crises tend to exacerbate pre-existing gender-based discrimination, inequalities, and violence. As a consequence, women and girls are disproportionally impacted before, during, and after disasters. However, in the Asia Pacific region, evidence has shown that women and girls are among the first responders to a crisis and play crucial roles in building resilience of families and communities.