Melania Trump honors Sandhya Ekneligoda at US event

US First Lady Melania Trump, today, honored 13 extraordinary women, including Sandhya Ekneligoda, with the Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award.

The award recognizes women around the globe who have shown exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for women’s rights, empowerment, and justice, often at great personal risk.

Ekneligoda’s husband, a well-known political cartoonist and journalist disappeared in January 2010 but she resolved to seek the truth about his fate. She appeared in court more than 80 times in the face of obstructionist judges and authorities.

The State Department said that a member of the majority Sinhalese community in Sri Lanka, Sandhya has become a symbol for the many thousands of persons — including from the Tamil minority — who have suffered the loss of disappeared relatives over the course of the 27-year civil war and earlier insurrections.

Mrs. Trump applauded the honorees as “true heroes,” saying they’ve “fought on the frontlines against injustice.”

The First Lady declared that “we are all ultimately members of one race. The human race.”

“Sandya represents the dedication and perseverance of women from all ethnicities across Sri Lanka who are seeking information about their missing loved ones,” said U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka Atul Keshap.  “The American people support their efforts as a step towards a brighter future of truth, reconciliation, and lasting peace for all Sri Lankans.”

“Pursuing the truth is not a crime.  Protecting the perpetrators is,” said Sandya about her campaign.

The 13 honorees were chosen for their advocacy on issues as diverse as combatting early child marriage, gender-based violence, human trafficking, improving interfaith relations, and preserving the environment.  They will travel to cities across the United States to discuss the challenges they have faced and inspire others to action.

Since the inception of this award in 2007, the Department of State has honored nearly 100 women from 60 different countries, including Jansila Majeed of Puttalam in 2010 for her advocacy on behalf of internally displaced persons. (Colombo Gazette)



  1. This is typical Western Marfia action. America has nothing to do with Sri Lanka politics and Ekanaligoda family but they make sure to employ a secret agent to provide first hand information so they can ruin any country.

  2. There is two issues has to address by US New President Trump in related to Global Terrorism of ISIL or Tamil chauvinist Terrorism by LTTE alliance of TNA political caucuses >

    Both of are ruthless Terrorist out-fit has been killed many large number of civilian as well as they aim to destroy very foundation of Democracy’s norms of
    Sri lanka and other part of world

    The women who won awarded by Department of State of USA has cover up her husband of Elnilgoda’s LTTE political involvement of committed to Tamil terrorism had been hide by USA Embassy in Island .

    That is bad shape of USA embassy authorities who misled terrorist credential of Eknilogoda by awarded some courage’s shield to her by USA Dep. of State is not suited that US world the ‘reputation of democracy’.

    In my point of view that disappearing of Eknilgoda of Tamil Terrorist of LTTE political commitments has different case need to be address by different manner of under democracy team work.

    Such Terrorist of Eknligoda or his wife is not eligible to be entities for award such a shield for wife of Eknailgoda by world champion of Democracy nation of USA?

    The principle policy of Terrorism of New President Trump related Terrorism is totally different from previous Obama administration.

    I think new policy changes has taken into account by US embassy in Sri lanka as well a by Dep. of State USA in Wasgation by promptly ..

    Remedy has to be rectify by USA Presidential team in White House .
    What ever the reasons that USA should not encourage Tamil Terrorism in USA soil, that what ever the reasons by mistake or by mishap

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