Sri Lanka briefs U.S. on domestic human rights mechanism

Sri Lanka briefs U.S. on domestic human rights mechanism

On measures taken by the government to address the human rights concerns following the over three-decade-long civil war with the LTTE
Sri Lanka’s new Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera on Tuesday briefed two top visiting U.S. State Department officials about the measures taken by the government to address the human rights concerns following the over three-decade-long civil war with the LTTE.
Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Nisha Desai Biswal and Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour Tom Malinowski met Mr. Samaraweera as they became the first foreign officials to visit Colombo after the recent parliamentary elections………. .READ MORE

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  • Mangala briefs US delegation on domestic accountability mechanism
  • US proud of Sri Lanka’s commitment to democracy: Biswal
  • Commends ‘tremendous progress’ towards good governance and reconciliation
  • US diplomat for democracy and human rights says Lankans voted for change, twice this year
  • Sri Lanka voted against impunity, against politics of division: Malinowski

By Dharisha Bastians
A top US diplomat hailed Sri Lanka’s “tremendous progress” towards good governance, reconciliation and democracy during a two-day visit to Colombo, weeks ahead of the release of a UN report on allegations of war crimes committed during the final stages of the war.

US Assistant Secretary of State for Central and South Asian Affairs, Nisha Biswal, told reporters, at the conclusion of discussions with Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera at his ministry yesterday, that her delegation was in Sri Lanka to reaffirm her Government’s strong support for the Sri Lankan people for their commitment towards the institutions of good governance, peace and prosperity.
“We are incredibly proud of the journey that is being undertaken here. The story that is unfolding in this great country is one that stands as a testament to the rest of the world,” Biswal emphasised during her remarks to the media at the Foreign Ministry.  ………………... READ MORE