ITJP (International Truth and Justice Project) - List of disappeared Persons

MEDIA RELEASE

The attention of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been drawn to a list of names published online by the ITJP (International Truth and Justice Project). According to the ITJP, this list, which presently consists of 351 names and can be accessed at http://www.disappearance.itjpsl.com/#lang=english is of persons who are alleged to have disappeared while in the custody of the Sri Lankan Armed Forces in May 2009.

The Office on Missing Persons (OMP) which has been established by an Act of Parliament (Act No. 14 of 2016 as amended by Act No. 09 of 2017) is the permanent and independent entity in Sri Lanka that is vested with the tasks of, inter alia, searching and tracing of missing persons and clarifying the circumstances in which such persons went missing, and their fate; making recommendations to the relevant authorities towards reducing the incidents of missing persons; protecting the rights and interests of missing persons and their relatives; and identifying proper avenues of redress to which such missing persons or their relatives may have recourse.

Therefore, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs urges and encourages anyone in Sri Lanka or overseas to kindly share with the Office on Missing Persons:

-any further/additional/detailed information pertaining to persons whose names have been listed by the ITJP and the circumstances under which they went missing;

-any other lists/information that may be available with anyone/ entity pertaining to any individuals including lists of security forces and police personnel, who may be considered to be missing, as defined by Section 27 of the Act.


Kindly direct any information available to:

Chairperson,
Office on Missing Persons,
Address: 34, Narahenpita Road, Nawala, Sri Lanka
E-mail: <ompsrilanka(at)gmail.com>


Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka
Colombo 1

20 June 2018

The original Media Release in EnglishSinhala and Tamil can be downloaded here.

 

Sri Lankan Lucian Pushparaj, “The Black Lion of Asia”, takes silver medal in Europe Body Building Championship

On Saturday, 19 May 2018, the Sri Lankan Champion Lucion Pushparaj, aka “The Black Lion of Asia”, participated to the Austrian International Body Building Championship in Vienna, Austria.

The current European Champion Armin Gangl was beaten to third place by Lucion who having reached the final won the Silver medal in his class. Lucion dedicated his success to his country.

Lucion brought pride to the large number of Sri Lankans who were present at the event to support him. Ambassador and Permanent Representative in Austria, Mrs. Priyanee Wijesekera, and Second Secretary, Mr. Namal Wijeyamuni Zoysa also graced this occasion. Lucion’s dream to participate at this event became a reality thanks to the dedication of Mr. Shan Halamba, Honorary Consul of Sri Lanka in Texas and Managing Director of Riococo Lanka (Pvt) Ltd and of Ceyhinz Link International Co, who was also present at the event.

Vesak

From Sunday 29 April to Wednesday 02 May 2018, the Buddha Rashmi National Vesak Festival, coordinated by Gangaramaya Temple, will be celebrated at the Hunupitiya, Gangaramaya Temple and at Temple Trees premises, both in Colombo.

During this Festival, Lord Buddha’s relics from Saranath (India), Gandara relics from Taxila (Pakistan) and historical Buddhist artefacts from Nepal will be exhibited.

About Vesak

At the first conference of the World Fellowship of Buddhists, which was held in 1950 in Sri Lanka, it was decided to celebrate Vesak as Lord Buddha’s birthday. This important holiday is also known under the designation of Buddha Purnima and Buddha Day and is observed by Buddhists all over the world, following a centuries-old tradition. Also United Nations are observing Vesak at its headquarters and offices since 1999.

Devotees are not only celebrating the birth of Gautama Buddha, but also his enlightenment and his passing away. Therefore, they bring simple offerings as there are flowers, joss-sticks and candles which by their nature will remind them transiency of life. Moreover, on those days, birds and other animals may be released by devotees to symbolize giving freedom to the ones who are in captivity. Buddhists are also reminded that they shall live in harmony with and respect of the faiths of other people, according to the Buddha’s doctrine.

Buddhists are celebrating Vesak to reiterate their determination to lead noble lives, to develop their minds, to practise loving-kindness and to bring peace and harmony to humanity.

In Sri Lanka, devotees will light colourful lamps (Vesak Kuudu) along the streets and in front of their homes. Those lamps signify enlightenment and freedom from darkness. Believers also set up food stalls (Dansälas) and give free food and beverages to passers-by.

Platforms available for the Public to lodge complaints regarding any forms of illegal surveillances and harassment

The Ministry of Law & Order has, from time to time, been made aware of alleged incidents of harassment and illegal surveillance of the public, including human rights defenders and victims of human rights violations including members of the families of missing persons.

The Government of Sri Lanka is committed to ensuring the safety and security of all its citizens, at all times, and will ensure that any incident brought to the notice of the Sri Lanka Police is treated with utmost seriousness and investigated in keeping with the applicable laws.

Accordingly, if any member of the public is subjected to, or is made aware of instances of intimidation, illegal surveillance of civilians, or harassment by any individual or group of persons, kindly use the following mechanisms to lodge a complaint with any or all of the following.

• National Police Commission -1960 (hotline), 0115 107722
• Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka - 1996(hotline) 0112 505 575
• Special Investigations Unit of the Sri Lanka Police - 119 (hotline)
• TELL IGP - online complaints portal - http://www.telligp.police.lk


The original Media Release published by the Ministry of Law and Order can be downloaded here in EnglishSinhala and Tamil language.

 

Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention - Sixteenth Meeting of the States Parties

 

First occasion on which Sri Lanka participates as a full state party on the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stock-Pilling, Production andTtransfer of Anti-personnel Mines and on their Destruction on Monday, 18 December 2017, in Vienna.

H.E. Priyanee Wijesekera delivered Sri Lanka’s statement at the 16th Session of the States Parties to the Convention on the Prohibition of the use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti–Personnel Mines and on their Destruction.

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