Foreign Ministry Comments on the Judgement in the Case of Brigadier Priyanka Fernando

The judgement in the case of Majuran Sathananthan vs. Brigadier Andige Priyanka Indunil Fernando, the trial of which was completed at the Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 19 November 2019, was delivered by the Chief Magistrate of the Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 6 December 2019. The Chief Magistrate delivered the judgement under Section 4A of the Public Order Act of the UK and imposed a lower notional financial penalty, but did not consider it appropriate to issue a warrant. The Judge, who had previously ruled that the defendant was not protected by diplomatic immunity, did not revisit that ruling. She had also rejected the abuse of process argument.

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Sri Lanka features non-traditional exports and Ceylon tea at Commonwealth Fair 2019 in London

Chief Guest, Minister of State for the Commonwealth, UN and South Asia of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon visiting the Sri Lanka stall with the Sri Lanka High Commissioner Manisha Gunasekera

The High Commission of Sri Lanka in London participated in the annual Commonwealth Fair organised by the Commonwealth Countries League (CCL) in association with the High Commission of Bangladesh, under the theme ‘Empower Girls for Global Peace’ at the Kensington Town Hall on Saturday 09 November 2019.

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Sri Lanka has provided valuable case studies of successes and challenges in operationalization of IHL and Humanitarian Diplomacy – Foreign Secretary Aryasinha

Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha has said, over the past four decades Sri Lanka has provided valuable case studies to the world in the successes in the operationalization of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and humanitarian diplomacy, as well as the challenges entailed in doing so, many in which the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has been a valued partner.

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Commonwealth Secretary General visits mangrove site on the sidelines of Commonwealth Law Ministers Conference in Colombo

 

Visiting the mangrove plant nursery in Thalathuduwa island
Commonwealth Secretary General with officials from Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Mahaweli Development & Environment as well as the representatives from INSEE

Commonwealth Secretary General Rt. Hon. Patricia Scotland made a brief visit to a mangrove replanting site in Wadduwa in Koggala recently, in appreciation of the contribution Sri Lanka has made to improve its mangroves, which not only benefits Sri Lankans, but the world, in terms of increasing the carbon sequestration, which is 2 – 4 times more than tropical  forests.

 

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Foreign Secretary Aryasinha calls for Indian Ocean security architecture that gives priority to the littoral states and sensitive to the interests of all maritime users

Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha has called for an overarching security architecture tasked to mitigate regional security challenges in the Indian Ocean Region, giving priority to the littoral states and sensitive to the interests of all maritime users of the Indian Ocean. Observing that regional platforms only provide a legal and policy framework, which would be redundant in the absence of practical action, he called for active programmes that encourage cooperation in the fields of security and technology ensuring that people can reap the maximum out of the dynamics and synergies of the region, while supporting sustainable growth.

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High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in the UK meets FCO Minister of State for the Commonwealth, UN and South Asia Lord Ahmad

 The High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in the UK Manisha Gunasekera met with the Minister of State for the Commonwealth, UN and South Asia of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the UK on Thursday 7th November 2019.  The meeting entailed discussion on issues of mutual interest in Sri Lanka – UK bilateral relations and follow up on Minister Ahmad’s visit to Sri Lanka in October 2019.

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Sri Lanka High Commission in London celebrates Deepavali – Highlights the spirit of togetherness and friendship

Chief Guest, Seema Malhotra MP addressing the gathering

The High Commission of Sri Lanka in London held its annual Deepavali celebrations on Friday 25 October 2019 at the High Commission premises, with the attendance of faith leaders, members of parliament. councillors and other dignitaries, and a large segment of the British Sri Lankan community, including the Tamil community.

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