Celebration of the 70th Anniversary of Independence of Sri Lanka in Stockholm

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Sweden organized the celebration of the 70th Anniversary of Independence of Sri Lanka for the diplomatic community in Sweden on the evening of       5thFebruary 2018 at the Embassy. The event was attended by more than 100 diplomats as well as key business personnel. After the welcome address delivered by H.E. the Ambassador Mrs. Damayanthie Rajapakse, the invitees were served with dinner. The invitees were also given gift bags comprising of tourism brochures, Ceylon tea, and sachets of dried fruits and nuts from Sri Lanka.

The Embassy also organized a cultural event on 11th February 2018 at Järfälla Gymnasieskolor, to mark Sri Lanka’s 70th Anniversary of Independence with the Sri Lankan expatriate community living in Sweden.  More details


Though Christmas Day is still three weeks away, the Christmas spirit filled the Embassy of Sri Lanka as Christmas was celebrated at the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Stockholm on 09th December 2017 with an evening of prayers, carols and entertainment.

Ambassador Mrs. Damayanthie Rajapakse delivered the welcome speech. The celebration was made more solemn with the religious observances and Christmas messages delivered by Rev. Father Francisco Herrera-Mayagoitia and Rev. Sister Jenny Salaj.  More details

“SRI LANKA – THE LAND OF SERENDIPITY” Consumer promotional event held at Kungsträdgården, Stockholm on 16th September, 2017

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Stockholm in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) conducted a tourism promotional event and a cultural evening titled “Sri Lanka – The Land of Serendipity” at Kungsträdgården, Stockholm on 16th September, 2017. This location was arranged by the Sri Lanka Embassy in Stockholm under the aegis of Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau for conducting the event as this venue is the most popular and most visited open air arena for advertising and conducting cultural activities in the city of Stockholm. The Turkish Airline and Emirates Airlines lent a hand partly sponsoring the event. More details 

“SRI LANKA – THE LAND OF SERENDIPITY” Consumer promotional events

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Stockholm in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) conducted a series of tourism promotional events titled “Sri Lanka; The Land of Serendipity” aboard Tallink Silja Shipping Line on its voyages to Tallinn-Estonia and Riga-Latvia and on return voyages to Stockholm from 08th to 14th September, 2017 showcasing Sri Lanka as a tourist destination. The Tallink Silja Shipping Line is considered as one of the most popular and convenient mode of conveyance within Scandinavia and the Baltic region. More details

Maithripala Sirisena, President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, addresses the general debate of the 72nd Session of the General Assembly of the UN

Sri Lanka – President Addresses General Debate, 72nd Session
19 Sep 2017 – Maithripala Sirisena, President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, addresses the general debate of the 72nd Session of the General Assembly of the UN (New York, 19 – 25 September 2017)
Address by President Maithripala Sirisena at UNGA72 (ENGLISH INTERPRETATION)


A glimpse of Sri Lanka

The Embassy of Sri Lanka organized   a promotion  on tourism and culture  “A glimpse of Sri Lanka” on 26th August 2017 at Norrmalmstorg, a venue situated in the heart of the city of Stockholm. The strategic location and  the  warm sunshine enduring throughout the  day,  drew large crowds  providing just the right  milieu, the setting    to conduct the destination  promotion.

The event was jointly organized by the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Stockholm  and the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau and  “A glimpse of Sri Lanka” was held for the second consecutive year, in Stockholm city.

Intriguing  aromas  of typical Sri  Lankan  food  emanating from  the  live demonstration of   making of  hoppers, wade, kottu roti  presented  by the Sri Lankans and the staff of the Embassy, contributed to the overall sensory experience  of the visitor,  enticing them to savour the taste of Sri Lankan cuisine. The visitors waiting patiently to relish the gastronomic delights of Sri Lanka,  amply expressed their interest to learn about the food,   culture and   to know  more about the country in general.

Ceylon Tea was understandably a most sought after item by the guests and the array of Ceylon tea served at the venue was much to their delight.

The Embassy officials manning the Information desk  provided  information on the essence of the touristic and cultural attractions of  Sri Lanka  while at the same time addressing the  queries relating to travel to  Sri Lanka.  Some of the guests recounted  on their previous visits to Sri Lanka whereas others pledged to explore possibilities of a  voyage to  Sri Lanka  to cherish the best of the attractions that Sri Lanka  offers to the world.

Remarks to Media by Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana: 18th August 2017

Prescription (Special Provisions) 1 Act, No. 5 of 2016

AN ACT TO ENABLE SPECIAL LEGAL PROVISIONS TO BE MADE IN RESPECT OF PERSONS WHO WERE UNABLE TO PURSUE THEIR RIGHTS IN COURT FOR THE RECOVERY OF ANY IMMOVABLE PROPERTY INCLUDING LAND DUE TO THE ACTIVITIES OF ANY MILITANT TERRORIST GROUP WHICH PREVAILED IN SRI LANKA AND FOR MATTERS CONNECTED THEREWITH OR INCIDENTAL THERETO WHEREAS certain persons have been disadvantaged and therefore unable to pursue their rights in court for the recovery of any immovable property including land due to the activities of any militant terrorist group during the period commencing on May 1st, 1983 and ending on May 18th, 2009: More details in Tamil

மனித உரிமைகள் பற்றிய அனைத்துலக காலாந்தர மீளாய்விற்காக இலங்கையின் வரைவு தேசிய அறிக்கை மீதான கருத்துகளும், அவதானிப்புரைகளும் கோரப்படுகின்றன

  • அனைத்துலக காலாந்தர மீளாய்வு என்பது ஐக்கிய நாடுகள் அமைப்பின் 193 அங்கத்துவ நாடுகள் அனைத்தினதும் மனித உரிமைகள் பற்றிய பதிவேடுகள்காலத்துக்கு காலம் மீளாய்வு செய்யப்பட்டுக்கொண்டிருக்கின்ற ஒருநடைமுறையாகும். இது 2006 மார்ச் 15 ஆம் திகதியிடப்பட்டதும், 60/251 ஆம்இலக்கத்தைக் கொண்டதுமான ஐக்கிய நாடுகள் பொதுப் பேரவைத்தீர்மானத்தினால் மனித உரிமைகள் மன்றம் உருவாக்கப்பட்ட போதுஅறிமுகப்படுத்தப்பட்டுள்ளது. இந்த அனைத்துலக காலாந்தர மீளாய்வின் கீழ்ஐக்கிய நாடுகள் அமைப்பின் சகல அங்கத்துவ நாடுகளினதும் மனித உரிமைகள்4.5 வருடங்களுக்கு ஒரு முறை மீளாய்வு செய்யப்படுகின்றன.
  • அனைத்துலக காலாந்தர மீளாய்வு என்பது ஓர் நாட்டினால் மேற்கொள்ளப்படும்நடைமுறையாகும். நாடொன்றில் மனித உரிமைகள் நிலைமையைமேம்படுத்துவதற்கு என்ன நடவடிக்கைகள் எடுத்துக்கொள்ளப்பட்டுள்ளன என்பதுபற்றி பிரகடனப்படுத்துவதற்கு நாடு ஒவ்வொன்றிற்கும் வாய்ப்பொன்றுவழங்கப்படுவதுடன், அந்த நாடுகள் தங்களுடைய அந்தந்த மனித உரிமைகளின்கடப்பாடுகளை பூர்த்தி செய்வதற்கும், அவற்றிற்கு வாய்ப்பு வழங்கப்படுகின்றது. அனைத்துலக காலாந்தர மீளாய்வு என்பது, நாடு ஒவ்வொன்றும் அவற்றின் மனிதஉரிமைகளின் நிலைமைகள் மதிப்பிடப்படும் போது அந்தந்த நாடுஒவ்வொன்றிற்கும் சமத்துவமான முறையில் அவை நடாத்தப்படுவதைஉறுதிப்படுத்துவதற்காக வடிவமைக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது. இந்த பொறிமுறையின் இறுதிக்குறிக்கோள், சகல நாடுகளிலும் உள்ள மனித உரிமைகள் நிலைமையைமேம்படுத்துவதும், மனித உரிமைகள் மீறப்படும் போது அவற்றிற்கு பரிகாரம்வழங்குவதும் ஆகும்.
  • நாடொன்றின் மீளாய்வு அனைத்துலக காலாந்தர மீளாய்வுத் தொழிற்பாட்டின்தொகுதியினால் மேற்கொள்ளப்படுகின்றது. இது மனித உரிமைகள் மன்றத்தின் 47 அங்கத்தவர்களில் ஒருவராக இல்லாத எந்தநாடும் ஐக்கிய நாடுகள் அமைப்பின்அங்கத்துவ நாட்டிற்கு குறிப்பிட்ட நேரமொன்றில் மீளாய்வின் கீழுள்ள நாடுகளுடன்மேற்கொள்ளப்படும் கலந்துரையாடல்களில்/உரையாடல்களில் பங்குபற்ற முடியும். மீளாய்வின் போது சிவில் சமூக அமைப்புக்களும், தேசிய மனித உரிமைநிறுவனங்களும் கூட இதில் பங்குபற்ற முடியும். More details

Opening Address by Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, Minister of Foreign Affairs at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute Seminar on “Emerging Issues in the Indian Ocean”: 28 June 2017

Hon. Governors and Ministers, Your Excellencies, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen: It gives me great pleasure, as the new Chairman of the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute, to address this eminent gathering of policymakers, diplomats, scholars, corporate leaders, lawyers, civil society, and students, at this landmark event on Sri Lanka’s foreign policy.

It has been a little over a month since I became Foreign Minister. I am conscious that I have assumed an office and responsibilities previously held by some of our most illustrious leaders, not least by the late Hon. Lakshman Kadirgamar after whom this Institute is fittingly named, but also by Mr. A.C.S. Hameed, Mrs. Bandaranaike, and several others, each of whom left invaluable legacies for our international relations.

While it is early days of my tenure, I can say that one of my priorities is to build a foreign policy – and a foreign service – that predicts and innovates, rather than one that reacts and stagnates. So I look forward to hearing the forecasts and analysis of the experts invited to speak today, as part of developing a foreign policy that foresees and grasps the opportunities of a changing world. For my part, I will begin the discussion by, first, briefly observing three major shifts that are apparent in the current international order.  More details