Ex-president Mahinda Rajapakse's brother denounced Monday the UN human rights chief's visit to Sri Lanka as a "big joke", as the former regime stepped up opposition to a UN-backed war-crimes probe.
The UN rights chief has said Tamil rebels still detained years after the end of Sri Lanka's bloody civil war should not be granted universal amnesty, a top regional official said.
The visiting UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein met the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Eng.
Sumith Lal Mendis, a Provincial Council member, has been appointed as the Minister of Health, Indigenous Medicine, Social Welfare, Probationary, Child Protection and Women Affairs of the Western Province, President Secretariat said.
Members of the Joint Opposition today expressed disappointment at not being allowed to meet UN Chief Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein.
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa launched the collection of signatures for a petition, urging the President to protect war heroes from an international war crimes court The petition prepared by the National Movement to Protect War Heroes aims to collect a million signatures.
A presidential official in the Maldives says police have arrested a judge and a former prosecutor general for issuing an arrest warrant for the country's president without the police requesting one, in the latest political turmoil, the Associated Press reported.
Forty three Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in Tamil Nadu, India will arrive in Sri Lanka tomorrow under the UNHCR facilitated voluntary repatriation programme, the Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs Ministry stated in a release.
Visiting UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein visited Jaffna, Trincomalee and Kandy in addition to Colombo.