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Thursday, 28 January 2016 - 13:17
New Government Makes Significant Progress – Brad Adams
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Sri Lanka’s government has ended the pervasive culture of surveillance and censorship and embarked on reforms aimed to undo years of increasingly authoritarian rule, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) said yesterday (Wednesday 27) in its World Report 2016.

While it opened dialogues both domestically and abroad, the government still faces key concerns, including wartime accountability and prolonged detention without trial, it said. “Sri Lanka’s new government has begun to address some of the country’s chronic human rights problems, but much remains to be done,” said Brad Adams, HRW Asia director.

 “The pervasive culture of fear is largely gone and positive measures have been adopted, but the previous government’s disastrous restructuring of independent state institutions needs to be fully dismantled,” The government of President Maithripala Sirisena promptly initiated a series of constitutional reforms including establishing a constitutional council and restoring the independence of the judiciary, police and human rights commissions.

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