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Joint Statement on Sri Lanka current political situation
Joint Statement on Sri Lanka current political situation

We are deeply concerned by political and religious pressure being directed at Sri Lanka’s Muslim community which is undermining peace and reconciliation in the country. Prejudiced and unsubstantiated allegations repeatedly published by media serve only to fuel intolerance. We shared our views during a meeting today with the Prime Minister. On that occasion we…

EU - Jun 12 13:38 GMT - more ... [ Tags: Politics, EU, SriLanka ]

EU issues statement on Sri Lanka’s communal violence
EU issues statement on Sri Lanka’s communal violence

The Delegation of the European Union (EU) issuing a joint statement said they were concerned about the recent incidents of communal violence that have occurred following the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks. Clear leadership as well as the wholesale rejection of hate and violence are of paramount importance, and we encourage the Government to take all appropriate…

LBO - May 17 19:44 GMT - more ... [ Tags: EU, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

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  • Germany calls for more transparency in SL as bilateral ties expand

    Germany calls for more transparency in SL as bilateral ties expand

    Amidst growing bilateral ties, Germany is calling for improved efficiency and transparency in Sri Lanka to achieve a more robust and win-win partnership. “Germany’s footprint in Sri Lanka and vice versa have been growing, resulting in greater bilateral cooperation,” German Ambassador in Sri Lanka Jörn Rohde told Daily FT, adding that in recent years, the…

    FT - Feb 19 19:45 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: EU, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Germany arrests suspect over alleged Sri Lanka war crimes

    German authorities have arrested a Sri Lankan man suspected of involvement in killing captured government soldiers as a member of the Tamil Tigers rebel group a decade ago. Federal prosecutors said a judge ordered Thursday the 36-year-old, identified only as Sivatheeban B. because of German privacy rules, detained pending a potential indictment. He was arrested…

    Daily Mail - Aug 03 15:40 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: LTTE, EU, WarCrimes ]

  • European Court of Justice: Torture victims have grounds for asylum

    European Court of Justice: Torture victims have grounds for asylum

    The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled Tuesday that protection applied under the European Convention on Human Rights if the health of an asylum applicant with severe physical or psychological after-effects from past torture would be "significantly and irreversibly worsened" by the lack of treatment in his or her country of origin. Britain's Supreme Court –…

    AFP - Apr 24 16:51 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: EU, Refugees, World ]

  • Opposition to finding political settlement short-sighted: EU

    Opposition to finding political settlement short-sighted: EU

    EU Ambassador to Sri Lanka Tung-Laï Margue on Tuesday said he hoped the aspirations of the international community in finding a political settlement in the country would become a reality, even in the face of short-sighted opposition. Addressing the HOPE Photography Exhibition which was inaugurated at the Independence Square, he said the Government had committed…

    Daily Mirror - Nov 01 17:38 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: EU, History, SriLanka ]

  • Ensure no impunity for hate crimes: EU

    Ensure no impunity for hate crimes: EU

    The European Union (EU) today emphasized the importance of the Sri Lankan Government and the Police to ensure that there is no impunity for hate crimes in the country. EU Ambassador to Sri Lanka Tung-Laï Margue said it was important that religious communities are at the forefront of efforts to promote understanding and oppose the spreading of hate. "Sri Lankans…

    Daily Mirror - Jun 02 15:26 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: EU, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • As EU Parliament Considers Preferential Trade Status to Sri Lanka, Ensuring Human Rights Compliance Is Key

    As EU Parliament Considers Preferential Trade Status to Sri Lanka, Ensuring Human Rights Compliance Is Key

    The war-affected community in Sri Lanka has voiced concerns over reinstating GSP+. When the root causes for GSP+ revocation have not been addressed, it seems counterproductive to reward the current government for mere promises made. Nevertheless, realistically speaking, GSP+ is now a virtual certainty. A majority of European Parliament would have to oppose the…

    GV - May 03 19:20 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: EU, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • EU Parliament rejects motion to deny GSP+ for Sri Lanka

    EU Parliament rejects motion to deny GSP+ for Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka won the vote in Brussels by 436 against and 119 in favor for the motion to deny GSP plus for Sri Lanka. A group of EU parliamentarians last week forwarded a motion to deny Sri Lanka access to GSP Plus, citing the slow pace of essential reforms in Sri Lanka. Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva, who is currently in Brussels, met number of…

    LBO - Apr 27 23:21 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: EU, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • EU Delegation Urges Sri Lanka to Improve Human Rights

    EU Delegation Urges Sri Lanka to Improve Human Rights

    The leader of a delegation from the European Parliament is urging Sri Lanka to improve human rights conditions, including the replacement of its tough anti-terrorism law, if it wants to regain lucrative EU trade concessions which the island nation lost six years ago. Jean Lambert said Tuesday the success of Sri Lanka's application to get back the trade concessions…

    NY Times - Nov 01 15:07 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: EU, History, WarCrimes ]

    Related:
      - EU lawmakers tell Sri Lanka “tangible progress” needed to get GSP+ - Economy Next
      - European Parliament representatives meet political leaders today - Hiru News
  • EU advised to drop Hamas and Tamil Tigers from terror list

    EU advised to drop Hamas and Tamil Tigers from terror list

    The EU may have to remove Palestinian Islamist group Hamas and the Sri Lankan separatist Tamil Tigers from its list of terrorist organisations, a top European Court adviser has said. The Court ruled in 2014 they should be taken off the list on technical grounds, not as a reassessment of their classification as a terrorist group. The Council of the EU, which…

    BBC - Sep 22 14:33 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: LTTE, EU, World ]

  • EU referendum: BBC forecasts UK votes to leave

    EU referendum: BBC forecasts UK votes to leave

    The UK has voted by 52% to 48% to leave the European Union after 43 years in an historic referendum, a BBC forecast suggests. London and Scotland voted strongly to stay in the EU but the remain vote has been undermined by poor results in the north of England. Voters in Wales and the English shires have backed Brexit in large numbers. The pound fell to its…

    BBC - Jun 24 04:53 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: EU, World, UK ]

  • EU denies hand in National Security Act replacing PTA

    The European Union (EU) yesterday claimed that the idea of replacing the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) had come not from the EU but from the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) as part of its commitment to the joint Human Rights Council Resolution in Geneva resolution. "Replacing the PTA doesn’t come from me and it comes from the GOSL. It is a commitment made in the…

    Island - May 13 09:55 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: EU, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • European Commission nods to lift Sri Lanka's fish export ban to EU

    European Commission nods to lift Sri Lanka\'s fish export ban to EU

    The European Union's executive is to recommend that the bloc lifts a 15-month ban on fish exports from Sri Lanka after the island nation changed its laws to fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, it said on Thursday."Sri Lanka has now a robust legal and policy framework to fight illegal fishing activities," EU Fisheries Commissioner Karmenu Vella…

    Reuters - Apr 21 14:36 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: EU, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Man convicted in Germany for backing Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers

    Man convicted in Germany for backing Sri Lanka\'s Tamil Tigers

    A Sri Lankan-born man received an 18-month suspended sentence in Germany on Tuesday (Feb 2) for membership of the rebel group the Tamil Tigers which Germany considers a terrorist organisation. The 53-year-old German national, identified only as Yogendran G. by the court in the northern city of Hamburg, was convicted of having raised funds in Germany from 2007-2009…

    AFP - Feb 02 22:30 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: LTTE, EU ]

  • Will the Commonwealth finally step up in Sri Lanka?

    Will the Commonwealth finally step up in Sri Lanka?

    With all vectors pointing towards the genuine possibility for bringing about accountability, justice and reconciliation, the Government of Sri Lanka must seize this opportunity and redress victims of human rights abuses, roll back decades of impunity and work towards a political settlement to ensure non-recurrence.The opportunity to assist Sri Lanka could revitalise…

    Open Democracy - Dec 14 13:48 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: EU, Genocide, WarCrimes ]

  • German foreign minister offers assistance for Sri Lankan probe of alleged war atrocities

    German foreign minister offers assistance for Sri Lankan probe of alleged war atrocities

    Germany has offered assistance to Sri Lanka in its investigation of alleged atrocities during its civil war, in which thousands of people died. Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier made the offer in a meeting with his Sri Lankan counterpart on Tuesday. Last week, the United Nations human rights chief recommended that Sri Lanka set up a special hybrid court…

    Fox News - Sep 22 12:57 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: EU, UN, WarCrimes ]

  • Displaced Again and Again, Some African Migrants Had No Plan to Land in Italy

    Displaced Again and Again, Some African Migrants Had No Plan to Land in Italy

    By now, the unceasing tides of migrants arriving at the ports of Sicily fall into loose national categories. The Syrians usually arrive with money, bearing broken lives in canvas bags, and are able to slip out of Italy, bound for affluent northern Europe. The Eritreans may be far less wealthy but they too are well organized, with networks that move them north as…

    New York Times - May 01 13:07 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, EU, Refugees ]

  • Secretary-General to visit Sri Lanka

    Secretary-General to visit Sri Lanka

    Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma will arrive in Sri Lanka tomorrow (Saturday 31 January) for a three day official visit."I am looking forward to working with President Sirisena as Chair-in-Office in the run up to the Heads of Government meeting in Malta in November. "Sri Lanka is a founding member of the modern Commonwealth, and I will be discussing…

    CommonWealth - Jan 30 11:11 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: EU, UN, WarCrimes ]

  • What Sri Lanka’s Presidential Election Means for Foreign Policy

    What Sri Lanka’s Presidential Election Means for Foreign Policy

    To help control corruption and promote reconciliation, it may be time to consider relieving some of the pressures on Sri Lanka applied by the United States and Europe. Gradually unfreezing development aid and giving Sri Lanka enhanced trade benefits under the GSP+ trade agreements if Sri Lanka works toward achieving genuine reconciliation and fighting corruption could…

    Carnegie Endowment - Jan 19 20:33 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: EU, USA, History ]

  • Time for change in Sri Lanka?: Opposition candidate Sirisena holding edge in presidential poll race

    "The opposition candidate will win very comfortably, it is not a tough fight," said noted political journalist Victor Ivan in Colombo. "From this election, you can see we are living in a changing society. This will not be a victory of Maithripala, but a victory of our society. The people have a deep understanding of what went wrong from 1948 to now. They want a lot of…

    ANI - Jan 05 21:46 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: EU, History, SriLanka ]

  • Statement by the Spokesperson on the situation in Sri Lanka

    Statement by the Spokesperson on the situation in Sri Lanka

    The sudden deterioration of the situation in Sri Lanka over the weekend puts the country at risk of instability and unrest. Along with other key international partners of Sri Lanka, the Ambassador of the European Union met today with the President of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena, to express our expectation that a solution respectful of the country's constitution…

    EU - Oct 29 20:01 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: EU, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • No jail for Swiss Tamil Tiger financiers

    No jail for Swiss Tamil Tiger financiers

    The Swiss Federal Criminal Court has given no prison terms to alleged financiers of the Sri Lankan Tamil separatist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE). The 13 accused were either given suspended custodial sentences or acquitted. The court on Thursday said accusations of participation in and support of a criminal organisation did not stand and released all…

    Swissinfo - Jun 14 17:53 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: LTTE, EU ]

  • Joint Press Release following the 21st meeting of the European Union-Sri Lanka Joint Commission

    Joint Press Release following the 21st meeting of the European Union-Sri Lanka Joint Commission

    The parties welcomed Sri Lanka’s recent accession to the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture, but there was agreement that the Government of Sri Lanka must ensure that the policy of zero-tolerance for the use of torture is implemented and that perpetrators are swiftly brought to justice. The EU re-emphasised its clear and unwavering expectation that…

    EU - Jan 18 17:07 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: EU, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • EU court keeps Hamas on terrorism list, removes Tamil Tigers

    EU court keeps Hamas on terrorism list, removes Tamil Tigers

    The European Union's top court kept Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas on the EU terrorism blacklist on Wednesday and removed Sri Lankan separatist rebels, the Tamil Tigers. Judges at the European Court of Justice (ECJ) overruled the General Court's view of 2014 that the Council of the European Union, the 28-nation grouping, had insufficient evidence to maintain…

    Reuters - Jul 26 15:06 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: LTTE, EU, World ]

    Related:
      - European Union top court removes Tamil Tigers from terrorism blacklist - India Today
  • The EU grants enhanced market access for Sri Lanka as a reform incentive

    The EU grants enhanced market access for Sri Lanka as a reform incentive

    The European Union will remove a significant part of the remaining import duties on Sri Lankan products entering the EU market in exchange for the country's commitment to ratify and effectively implement 27 international conventions on human rights, labour conditions, protection of the environment, and good governance. These one-way trade preferences will consist of…

    EU - May 16 15:26 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: EU, Economy, WarCrimes ]

  • -First round win but issues ahead

    -First round win but issues ahead

    The Sri Lanka Government claimed victory on Friday after an unexpected resolution before the European Parliament objecting to the resumption of GSP+ concessions was defeated but issues loom ahead when eventually concessions are secured. While welcoming the pro-Sri Lanka vote in the European Parliament, Felix Fernando, Chairman – Sri Lanka Apparel Exporters…

    ST - Apr 29 21:47 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: EU, SriLanka, Economy ]

  • EU Parliamentary group opposed to Lanka tariff concession

    EU Parliamentary group opposed to Lanka tariff concession

    A European Parliamentary group has tabled a resolution in the EU Parliament against granting the GSP+ tariff concession to Sri Lanka for its exports to the 28- member bloc, citing concern over Colombos "worryingly slow" progress on key issues like human rights. The motion if approved by 376 out of 751 members would see the non granting of the concession which would…

    PTI - Apr 22 23:06 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: EU, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Members of the European Parliament to visit Sri Lanka to discuss national reconciliation and greater women's empowerment

    Members of the European Parliament to visit Sri Lanka to discuss national reconciliation and greater women\'s empowerment

    Progress on national reconciliation and ways to empower Sri Lankan women politically and economically will be the focus of the visit from 31 October to 3 November 2016 by a four member delegation. Progress on national reconciliation and ways to empower Sri Lankan women politically and economically will be the focus of the visit from 31 October to 3 November 2016 by a…

    EEAS - Oct 31 13:27 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: EU, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka has long term stability

    Sri Lanka has long term stability

    Yes, I am a foreigner in Sri Lanka and I cannot see and feel as a Sri Lankan. But that does not mean that if the underlying factors which caused the war remained unaddressed that the issues would simply disappear; or, that I should expect the rule of law to pertain to me because I am an Irishman and a European, but that if I were a Sri Lankan I should somehow expect…

    CDN - Aug 25 15:03 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: EU, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • EU to revise development strategy for Sri Lanka

    The European Union (EU), in close consultation with the Sri Lankan government, is currently in the process of revising its development strategy for Sri Lanka, a Sri Lanka - EU joint statement said on Monday. The joint statement said that the Working Group on Cooperation under the framework of the European Union-Sri Lanka Joint Commission concluded its meeting in…

    Xinhua - May 31 18:25 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: EU, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • EU links human rights to trade: 58 conditions for GSP Plus

    EU links human rights to trade: 58 conditions for GSP Plus

    In its haste to regain the GSP Plus facility, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has agreed with the European Union (EU) to implement a sprawling list of 58 conditions linking human rights, national security and other domestic concerns with trade, a document obtained by the Sunday Times shows. Among the 58 conditions imposed are to revoke the Prevention of Terrorism…

    ST - May 09 14:21 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: EU, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lankan president seeks to win back EU relief on garment exports

    Sri Lankan president seeks to win back EU relief on garment exports

    Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena visits Germany on Monday, seeking political support in a fight to reinstate a trade concession for garment exports, the government said, after the European Union abolished the measure six years ago. With annual exports of around $5 billion, the Sri Lankan industry produces garments for some of the world's most popular…

    Reuters - Feb 16 20:12 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: EU, Economy ]

  • Man tried in Germany for backing Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers

    A Sri Lankan-born man went on trial in Germany Monday charged with membership of the rebel group the Tamil Tigers which Germany considers a terrorist organisation. The 53-year-old German national, identified only as Yogendran G. by the court, is accused of having raised funds from 2007-2009 for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in and around the northern…

    AFP - Jan 20 01:06 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: LTTE, EU ]

  • Council conclusions on Sri Lanka

    Council conclusions on Sri Lanka

    The following press release was issued by the European Council on November 13, 2015 7:35 pm. The Council welcomes the significant advances made by the Government of Sri Lanka since the presidential elections held in January 2015 to restore democratic governance, initiate a process of national reconciliation and re-engage with the international community and the…

    European Council - Nov 16 16:52 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, EU, WarCrimes ]

  • EU Seeks Solution For Tamils

    EU Seeks Solution For Tamils

    The European Union (EU) has called on Sri Lanka to address the issues faced by the Tamils, as the country prepares to celebrate six years since the end of the war. The EU Ambassador to Sri Lanka David Daly said that the EU would like to see Sri Lanka finding mechanisms to be able to work through complicated issues with all of the stake holders. “I think there…

    Sunday Leader - May 10 13:21 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: EU, WarCrimes ]

  • EU ban on Sri Lanka fish exports continues; rumors of suspension incorrect

    The European Commission has told Undercurrent News that no decision to suspend the ban on Sri Lankan seafood imports has been taken. "No decision of suspension of the ban of import of fisheries products from Sri Lanka has yet been taken by the European Union," said a spokesperson. "We are continuing positive contact with the Sri Lanka minister and authorities, and…

    UnderCurrent News - Feb 05 19:26 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: EU, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • EU to ban fish imports from Sri Lanka for illegal fishing

    Today, the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF), Oceana, The Pew Charitable Trusts, and WWF welcome a decision by the European Union fisheries ministers to sanction Sri Lanka for its failure to combat illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing. “This decision reiterates that EU fisheries ministers are serious about confronting illegal fishing globally. We…

    EJF - Jan 26 14:47 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: EU, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka Presidential Election 2015 Interim Statement

    The Group commends domestic observer groups and civil society for the role they played in monitoring and reporting during the election period. Their robust and fearless work ensured that democratic processes were safeguarded. The efforts, integrity and determination of the Commissioner of Elections was deeply impressive throughout the election period. All major…

    Commonwealth - Jan 11 11:40 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: EU, Elections, WarCrimes ]

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