High Commission of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka in the United Kingdom

Statement by Sri Lanka during the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non- recurrence at the 45th Session of the Human Rights Council was made by Ms Dayani Mendis, Actg. Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in Geneva on 17 September 2020

5th Session of the Human Rights Council

Agenda Item 3:

Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the promotion of

truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non- recurrence

17 September 2020

Madam President,

As this Council is aware, in November last year, the people of Sri Lanka gave a resounding mandate to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to pursue a policy framework aimed at achieving the fourfold outcome of “a productive citizenry, a contented family, a disciplined and just society and a prosperous nation.”

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Statement by Sri Lanka during the Enhanced Interactive Dialogue on the oral update by the High Commissioner on the human rights implications of the COVID-19 pandemic at the 45th Session of the UN Human Rights Council was made by Ms Dayani Mendis, Actg. Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in Geneva on 15 September 2020.

45th Session of the Human Rights Council

Agenda Item 2: Enhanced 

interactive dialogue on the oral update of the High Commissioner on the human rights impact of the COVID-19 pandemic

14 September 2020 

Madam President,

As this Council is aware, last November, the people of Sri Lanka gave a resounding mandate to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to pursue a policy framework aimed at achieving the fourfold outcome of “a productive citizenry, a contented family, a disciplined and just society and a prosperous nation.”

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Statement by Sri Lanka during the General Debate under Agenda Item 2 at the 45th Session of the UN Human Rights Council was made by Ms Dayani Mendis, Actg. Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in Geneva on 15 September 2020.

45th Session of the Human Rights Council

Agenda Item 2: General Debate

15 September 2020

 

Statement by Sri Lanka

Madam President,

Sri Lanka wishes to respond to the references made by the High Commissioner for Human Rights to Sri Lanka in the ‘Global Human Rights Update’ on 14 September 2020.

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Sri Lanka highlights the importance of a collective effort for the prosperity in Southeast Asia at the 27th ASEAN Regional Forum

The 27th ASEAN Regional Forum was held on 12th September 2020 virtually.  The State Minister for Regional Cooperation, Tharaka Balasuriya represented Sri Lanka at the Forum. 

In his statement Minister Balasuriya commended the role of ARF as a proponent of peace, stability and prosperity in the region. Sri Lanka highlighting the values of constructive dialogue, consultation and cooperation by all member states in maintaining peace and security in the region, called for collective efforts by the ARF member states to address traditional and non-traditional security threats.

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Joint Media Release – EDB and Foreign Ministry accelerate efforts to boost exports

The Export Development Board (EDB) and the Foreign Ministry are working closely together to increase the country’s export revenue and mitigate the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the export industry. Sri Lanka’s export income which stood at US$ 277 Mn in April 2020 has increased to US$ 1,090 Mn in July 2020 and is projected to grow in the coming months. There are several joint initiatives taken by the EDB and the Foreign Ministry to enhance exports. This includes identifying new market opportunities, creating awareness by disseminating market alerts, addressing supply chain issues, enhancing capacity building through webinars, and creating business linkages to support existing exporters to sustain their exports.

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Sri Lanka donates Ceylon Tea to the Royal Hospital Chelsea

As a gesture of goodwill to appreciate the service rendered by the iconic veterans of the British Army, a donation of Ceylon tea was made by Sri Lanka to the Royal Hospital Chelsea on 26 August 2020.

The Sri Lanka Tea Board and seven leading tea producers in Sri Lanka, namely, Vintage Teas Ceylon Ltd,  Tea Trends Export Ltd (New English Teas), English Tea Shop,  Dilmah Ceylon Tea, Mlesna Ceylon Ltd, Stassen International Pvt Ltd and Akbar Brothers contributed to this generous donation.

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