2019 in review – Sri Lanka: Security fears trump freedoms

Unrealized government commitments to pursue truth, justice and reparations, continued impunity for violations and abuses, compromised freedoms of religion and expression characterized 2019 for Sri Lanka, Amnesty International said as the human rights organization released its annual report on events in the Asia-Pacific region. Human Rights in Asia-Pacific: Review of 2019 published today by Amnesty International delivers the most comprehensive analysis of the state of human rights in the world’s largest continent. For Sri Lanka, Amnesty International finds that the fallout from the April bombings bred communal violence, endangered minorities and…

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Geneva: Lessons NOT Learnt

No government, representing Sri Lanka, in Geneva, has presented evidence challenging the allegations such as the killing of 40,000 civilians, the use of excessive force and the non-delivery of humanitarian aid to those held hostage by the LTTE in the conflict zone. By Neville Ladduwahetty The Island of January 23, 2020 reported that Minister Keheliya Rambukwella had stated ‘that the new government’s stand on the Geneva accountability resolution would be based on the position taken by former Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana, PC. on behalf of the previous government …” What…

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EU GSP plus applicable for Sri Lankan exports to UK till end 2020

EU GSP+ concession regime will continue to be applicable for Sri Lanka’s exports to the UK following Brexit until the end of the transition period, the Foreign Ministry said today. Senior Advisor on Economic Affairs to the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Ajith Nivard Cabraal who was on  a visit to the United Kingdom called on the Minister of State for International Trade The Rt Hon Conor Burns MP. During the meeting, Minister Burns assured that the EU GSP+ concession regime will continue to be applicable for Sri Lanka’s exports to…

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Amnesty International Concerned Over some of the Statements by the new Sri Lankan Government Indicating that even the Limited but key Gains of Recent Years on the Human Rights Front may be Rolled Back.

By Chandani Kirinde Amnesty International (AI) said yesterday that Sri Lanka’s human rights record in 2019 was characterised by unrealised Government commitments to pursue truth, justice and reparations, continued impunity for violations and abuses, and compromised freedoms of religion and expression. Speaking at the launch of the human rights organisation’s Human Rights in Asia-Pacific: Review of 2019, Deputy Regional Director Amnesty International South Asia Omar Waraich said that 2019 was a year of repression, but also of resistance in the region. “Across Southeast Asia, repressive governments entrenched themselves further, silenced…

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