I am honored to represent Sri Lanka at this first-ever Ministerial to advance religious freedom, convened by Honorable Michael Pompeo, Secretary of State of the United States. This important convening of minds coincides with the 70th anniversary of the historic Universal Declaration of Human Rights to which the United States gave leadership, and the 20th […]

Mr. President, We note with regret that the Special Session of the Human Rights Council convenes today, against the backdrop of death and destruction in the Occupied Palestinian Territory as well as violence and mayhem in the region. It is important that the security of civilians in the occupied Palestinian territory receive the utmost consideration […]

Statement by H.E. Mr. Ravinatha Aryasinha Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN in Geneva   37th Session of the Human Rights Council Item 6: Adoption of the UPR Report Third Cycle of Sri Lanka’s Universal Periodic Review Geneva, 19 March 2018  Mr. President, Excellencies, Distinguished delegates,   I am honoured to be here today, […]

  Joint Statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka and the U.S. Department of State on the Sri Lanka-United States Partnership Dialogue November 6, 2017   Sharing a commitment to democracy, rule of law, and the prosperity and well-being of our peoples, Sri Lanka and the United States convened the second Partnership […]

Mr Chairman,Director-General,Excellencies,Distinguished delegates,Ladies and gentlemen,   At the outset, on behalf of the delegation of Sri Lanka, allow me to extend warm felicitations to you, Ambassador Abdelouahab Bellouki of Morocco, on your election as the Chairperson of the Twenty-Second Session of the Conference of the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention. I am confident […]