UK in Sri Lanka

26th July 2017 Colombo, Sri Lanka

50 years on: LGB&T equality brings success

On 27th July the United Kingdom will mark the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality.  On this day in 1967 the Sexual Offences Act was passed, decriminalising same-sex acts between consenting adults over the age of 21. Homosexual acts had until then been outlawed by legislation passed in the nineteenth century. Today we take […]

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19th June 2017 Colombo, Sri Lanka

Laura Davies

by Laura Davies

Former Deputy High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives

For services to the community – from Her Majesty The Queen

Her Majesty The Queen’s Birthday Honours List this month included Lynn Stanier, the founder of Their Future Today, a British charity in Sri Lanka supporting some of the most vulnerable children and families in society.  She was awarded an MBE for this work, which she describes below. I was in complete shock!  The High Commissioner […]

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4th April 2017 Colombo, Sri Lanka

Laura Davies

by Laura Davies

Former Deputy High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives

Digging up the legacy of war

It’s 20 years since Princess Diana walked through a minefield in Angola and changed the way we think about land mines.  And it’s 20 years since the Ottawa Convention banning their use was concluded.  But mines and unexploded ordnance still cause indiscriminate destruction and hinder development in over 63 countries and territories around the world […]

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15th February 2017 Colombo, Sri Lanka

Laura Davies

by Laura Davies

Former Deputy High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives

Staying safe in cyberspace

The UK and Sri Lanka are both island nations.  This doesn’t mean much, however, when it comes to cyber security. Earlier today, I addressed a group of nearly 50 Chief Information Officers and IT Directors from across the Sri Lankan civil service.  This was as part of a project the UK is funding with our […]

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13th January 2017 Colombo, Sri Lanka

Laura Davies

by Laura Davies

Former Deputy High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives

Balancing the scales in the work place

A cross section of staff from the High Commission lighting the traditional oil lamp during New Year celebrations. The inaugural International ‘Parity at Work Day’ was celebrated on Wednesday in London.  This new International Day champions workplace diversity, and recognises the importance that everyone – regardless of age, gender or sexual orientation – is given […]

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5th January 2017 Colombo, Sri Lanka

Laura Davies

by Laura Davies

Former Deputy High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives

To our very good health

High Commissioner James Dauris with the examiners and the administrators of the first PACES examination, November 2016

At the start of the new year, many of us make resolutions to live more healthily.  So this blog looks at one aspect of the ever expanding relationship between the UK and Sri Lankan medical establishments. This relationship has always been close. The convention that Sri Lankan doctors can only progress to Consultant on completion […]

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9th December 2016 Colombo, Sri Lanka

Laura Davies

by Laura Davies

Former Deputy High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives

Trading Together

On Monday, I went to the opening of the London Stock Exchange Group’s new technology hub in Sri Lanka.  The hub is in the TRACE Expert City precinct of Colombo.  It’s a lovely location: working closely with the Urban Development Authority, the Group’s architects have converted beautiful old brick railway buildings into light and spacious […]

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13th November 2016 Colombo, Sri Lanka

Laura Davies

by Laura Davies

Former Deputy High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives

The Double Sunrise of Peace

On Friday 11 November, we held our usual ceremony for Remembrance Day.  The Commonwealth War Graves enclosure of the Liveramentu cemetery on Torrington Road was as serene as ever. The headstones are a startling white against the immaculate green grass.  The tropical sun beats down.  Birdsong fills the two minute silence.  The reading from Kenny […]

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15th September 2016 Colombo, Sri Lanka

Laura Davies

by Laura Davies

Former Deputy High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives

Protecting the space

Democracy is the best path to long term peace, stability and sustainable development. It doesn’t just mean elections, though they are important too.  It’s about having a say in the decisions that affect us, independent institutions that function as they were intended to and rule of law that upholds our human rights and protects us […]

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18th August 2016 Colombo, Sri Lanka

Laura Davies

by Laura Davies

Former Deputy High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives

Visas made easy…

Since arriving in Sri Lanka, I have become a bit of an expert on visas.  In fact, when my phone rings, there’s almost a one in two chance that someone is calling about their visa. Getting a visa can be complex, frustrating and time-consuming.  My colleagues in UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) work really hard […]

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