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13 Dec 2017 description

The Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs has released the 16th Edition of To Walk the Earth in Safety, a report underscoring the accomplishments of the U.S. Conventional Weapons Destruction Program.

18 Nov 2016 description

To Walk the Earth in Safety 2016: U.S. Global Leadership in Landmine Clearance and Conventional Weapons Destruction

Fact Sheet
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
November 17, 2016

04 Jun 2016 description

Strategic Assessment

The global terrorist threat continued to evolve rapidly in 2015, becoming increasingly decentralized and diffuse. Terrorist groups continued to exploit an absence of credible and effective state institutions, where avenues for free and peaceful expression of opinion were blocked, justice systems lacked credibility, and where security force abuses and government corruption went unchecked.

15 Oct 2015 description
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Executive Summary

On October 14, 2015, Secretary Kerry submitted the 2014 International Religious Freedom Report to the United States Congress. Now in its 17th year, this congressionally-mandated Report comprises almost 200 distinct reports on countries and territories worldwide and continues to reflect the United States’ commitment to, and advancement of, the right of every person to freedom of religion or belief. The Report is available at www.State.gov and www.HumanRights.gov.

Key Developments

27 Feb 2014 description
Secretary's Preface


31 Jan 2014 description

Today the United States Embassy in Colombo, through its development arm, the U.S. Agency for International Development, announced a new program to revive the fishery community in the Maradankerny Division of Jaffna. This initiative is part of a significant USAID livelihoods project worth $1.5 million USD (approximately SLR196 million) that focuses on empowering economic opportunities and accelerating permanent resettlement for many displaced families in the North.

12 Jan 2014 description

Ambassador Stephen J. Rapp visited Sri Lanka from January 6-11 to meet with government and political leaders, civil society, and to tour former conflict zones. He heard about the progress made since the conflict, but also the Sri Lankan people's continuing desire for reconciliation, justice and accountability.

19 Apr 2013 description
Introduction to the 2012 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

Fact Sheet


April 19, 2013

12 Apr 2013 description

Today at the G-8 Foreign Ministers meeting in London, the United States joined G-8 partners in support of the United Kingdom’s Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative, and reaffirmed its commitment to work with the international community to strengthen global coordination and individual countries’ capacity to prevent sexual violence; promote justice and accountability; and provide care for survivors of such violence.

04 Mar 2013 description

Vavuniya, Sri Lanka — A U.S. military training team visited the Sri Lankan Army’s Humanitarian Demining Unit at Camp Boo-Oya, an area in the northern part of the country where land mine removal has been a main focus since 2003, to unfold the first phase of a program that will help the Sri Lankan Army enhance its medical efforts and mine-removal abilities.

21 Dec 2012 description

A United States Government grant of $500,000 will help 150,000 residents in the Northern and Eastern Provinces avoid landmines and explosive remnants of war. Beginning this week in Mullaitivu, resettling communities are participating in mine risk education activities funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Department of State Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement. Implemented by the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), the mine risk education falls under a program that supports safe resettlement and restores livelihoods.

07 Nov 2012 description

Embassy of the United States of America
Public Affairs Section
Tel: +94 (1) 249-8100 ● Fax: +94 (1) 244-9070
Email: ElmsC@state.govhttp://srilanka.usembassy.gov

18 Oct 2012 description

The U.S. Government recently awarded over $3million to three organizations supporting resettling communities in the Mullaitivu and Killinochchi districts. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)'s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance awarded funding to ZOA Refugee Care, Sewalanka, and Practical Action to provide the basic needs that many Sri Lankans urgently require. The support will provide help to nearly 50,000 Sri Lankans with basic services such as adequate shelter, access to potable water and proper sanitation, and food security.

20 Sep 2012 description

U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka Michele J. Sison handed over fishing supplies to 130 families in Kallar, Killinochchi on September 20, 2012. This donation, through the U.S. Embassy’s development arm, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is part of a larger initiative of partnering with families in conflict-affected areas, bringing dignity back to their communities.

21 Jun 2012 description

June 21, 2012: On Tuesday, U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives Patricia A. Butenis visited Batticaloa to open projects completed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the development arm of the U.S. Embassy. Ambassador Butenis inaugurated three projects - a bakery in Vakarai, Batticaloa, staff quarters at the Pulipanchakal School, and a children’s park at the lighthouse complex in Batticaloa.

01 Jun 2012 description

At the height of the conflict in 2007, Padmarahini Naharajan was displaced from her home and left as the sole provider for two children. She toiled in the fields and sold small quantities of milk to middlemen at low prices to make ends meet. Life was difficult until she heard about the Dairy Enhancement in Eastern Province (DEEP) project, a public-private partnership of USAID, the development arm of the U.S. Embassy.

24 May 2012 description
Introduction to the 2011 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

Fact Sheet

Office of the Spokesperson

Washington, DC

May 24, 2012

18 May 2012 description


Hillary Rodham Clinton

Secretary of State

Treaty Room

Washington, DC

May 18, 2012