U.S. announces plan to provide additional $7 million for demining assistance to Sri Lanka

A delegation from the U.S. Department of State has visited Sri Lanka from April 3-8, 2022, to review U.S.-funded demining projects in Kilinochchi, Jaffna, Vavuniya, and Muhamalai. The United States contributed $8.3 million to demining efforts in Sri Lanka in Read More …

Sri Lanka: Japan supports humanitarian demining activities in Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu Districts

The Government of Japan has provided a total sum of US$ 604,412 (approx. Rs. 120 million) to Skavita Humanitarian Assistance and Relief Project (SHARP) for humanitarian demining activities in Northern Sri Lanka. The grant contract was signed on 25th March Read More …

Explosive weapons: Civilians in populated areas must be protected

As the world urbanizes, so too do conflicts. It is estimated that some 50 million people now suffer the horrific consequences of urban warfare – a trend that is likely to continue as more and more people concentrate in towns Read More …

Operation Flycatcher: disrupting Sri Lanka’s terrorist networks

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Boosting the ability of frontline border officers to detect travelers as potential terrorists was the focus of a counter- terrorism (CT) and border management operation led by INTERPOL across Sri Lanka. Codenamed Operation Flycatcher II, the Read More …

Australia grants additional AUD1 million for landmine clearance in Sri Lanka

The Australian High Commission has granted an additional AUD1 million or LKR135 million for landmine clearance in Sri Lanka. The funds have been provided as continued support for landmine clearance charity, the Mine Advisory Group (MAG), until December 2022. Australia Read More …

Japan provides Rs. 124 mn to support humanitarian demining activities in Northern Sri Lanka

The Government of Japan has provided a total sum of US$ 625,698 (approx. Rs. 124 million) to the HALO Trust for humanitarian demining activities in Northern Sri Lanka. The grant contract was signed on 28th October 2021 at the Ambassador’s Read More …

Nearly 12 000 landmines destroyed by Sri Lanka under the Mine Ban Convention

“Sri Lanka is pleased to confirm that the Humanitarian Demining Unit of the Sri Lanka Army has destroyed nearly 12,000 stockpiled anti-personnel mines almost a year earlier than the deadline set to us by the treaty that bans the production, Read More …

Sri Lanka Army to declare country free from mines and explosives by 2022

The Sri Lanka Army Humanitarian Demining Unit (SLAHDU) of the Sri Lanka Engineers (SLE) are working towards the complete demining of the country by the end of 2022. The SLADHU, the only the government entity to carry out demining operations Read More …