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 -

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.

Sri Lanka Delegation met IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano on 20 September 2017 during the General Conference

During the 61st General Conference of IAEA, the Sri Lanka Delegation comprising of H.E Mrs. Priyanee Wijesekara, Ambassador of Sri Lanka, Mr K.V.L.T. Jayawardhana, Chairman, Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Board, Dr Saman Hewamana, Chairman, Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Regulatory Council, Mr H.L. Anil Ranjith, Director General, Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Regulatory Council, Mr V. A. Waduge, Director General, Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Board, Ms Dayani Mendis, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy and Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka, Mr H.M.N.R. Bandara, Director, International Cooperation and National Liaison Officer to the IAEA Technical Cooperation programme, Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Board, Ms Irosha Cooray, Counsellor, Embassy and Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka met the IAEA Director General H.E. Mr. Yukiya Amano on 20 September 2017 in Vienna at the Vienna International Centre.

H.E the Ambassador of Sri Lanka congratulated Director General Yukiya Amano on his re-election in office for the third term.

Director General Amano stated that he wishes to visit Sri Lanka in March 2018. H.E the Ambassador of Sri Lanka in a response informed that Sri Lanka looks forward to the visit of DG Yukiya Amano to Sri Lanka in March next year.

Mr. Anil Ranjith, Director General, Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Regulatory Council briefed the status of Additional Protocol to the Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement, and the developments on the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (CPPNM) and the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management & on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management its Amendment, and he sought assistance to have national workshops with IAEA assistance to educate stakeholders in this.

Mr. Jayawardhana, Chairman, Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Board briefed on the ongoing promotional activities and proposed projects and sought IAEA assistance to establish radiopharmaceutical production facility based on cyclotron in Sri Lanka. Further Mr. Jayawardena explored the opportunity of IAEA’s assistance to provide technical assistance through Tracer technology / isostope hydrology technique to explore quality drinking water resources in chronic kidney disease (CKD) prevalent areas in Sri Lanka.

The Embassy and Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka
Vienna, Austria
25 September 2017


Handing Over of Chairmanship of the Asia Pacific Group

After completion of a successful term as the Chairperson of the Asia Pacific Group, H.E. Mrs. Priyanee Wijesekara, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka in Vienna handed over the Asia Pacific Group Chairmanship to H.E. the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Royal Kingdom of Thailand on 11 July 2017 at the United Nations Headquarters in Vienna.

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