8th February 2018

British PM appoints Ranil Jayawardena as Trade Envoy for Sri Lanka

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British Prime Minister Theresa May has appointed Ranil Jayawardena, MP, as her trade envoy for Sri Lanka.  Mr Jayawardena’s role as trade envoy will be to support and enhance the development of Britain’s trade and investment with Sri Lanka. The Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy will be visiting Sri Lanka from 15th to 17th February to meet with senior members of the government and engage with British business’s working in Sri Lanka, the British High Commission in Colombo said. Mr. Jayawardena was elected as the Member of Parliament for North East Hampshire in May 2015 and was reelected in 2017.  He has a degree in government from the London School of Economics.  In Parliament he is the chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Sri Lanka.  Mr. Jayawardena’s father is of Sri Lankan […]

President revokes suspension of Brigadier Priyanka Fernando

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President revokes suspension of Brigadier Priyanka Fernando (English) President Maithripala Sirisena has revoked the suspension of Brigadier Priyanka Fernando from duties as the Minister Counsellor (Defence) attached to the Sri Lanka High Commission in London, Army Commander Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake said.  President Maithripala Sirisena has revoked the suspension of Brigadier Priyanka Fernando from duties as the Minister Counsellor (Defence) attached to the Sri Lanka High Commission in London, Army Commander Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake said.  He stated that the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) has sent a letter to the Brigadier seeking justification for his actions during the incident. The army will provide its fullest support to any inquiry initiated by the Sri Lankan High Commission in UK regarding the incident, he told Ada Derana. […]

Sri Lanka not accused of war crimes says president, Mangala sacked as FM for cosponsoring resolution

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Sri Lanka’s president reiterated his refusal to allow foreign judges into any inquiry examining human rights violations during the final stages of the armed conflict, whilst claiming that Sri Lanka had not been accused of committing international war crimes. “Sri Lanka has not been accused of committing any ‘international war crimes’ and reiterates that he will never allow the participation of foreign judges in the mechanism to investigate allegations of human rights violations,” he told Derana 360° in an interview. “Therefore I told them not to send foreign judged to my country. There will be no international war tribunals or electric chairs,” he added. “Some people are incorrectly defining that we have been accused of international war crimes. At no point has the Human Rights […]

Sri Lanka’s president revokes suspension of military official at London embassy

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A Sri Lankan military official who was suspended by the state’s Ministry of External Affairs, has been ordered by President Sirisena to resume his duties at the Sri Lankan High Commission in London. Brigadier Priyanka Fernando was suspended by the MEA yesterday after being filmed making a throat slitting gesture to Tamils protesting on Sunday. Sri Lanka’s army spokesperson announced this morning however that President Sirisena had intervened to revoke the suspension, instructing Brigadier Priyanka Fernando to resume duties, report sources from Reuters. The news comes amid mounting calls for the military official’s expulsion from the UK. The officer, named as Brigadier Priyanka Fernando, was posted to London as the Sri Lankan High Commission’s defence attaché last year said a briefing released by Journalists for Democracy in Sri […]