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Sunday, 24 July 2016 - 12:54
SL’s rights situation has improved- UK report
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The new Constitution making process is a good opportunity for Sri Lanka to introduce improved human rights protections, UK government report states.

It added that the island’s human rights situation continued to improve during the first half of this year with reconciliation efforts made by the administration but challenges still remain.

“The past 6 months have seen an improved environment for civil society and human rights defenders. Challenges remain particularly in the north and the east,” the British Foreign Office’s Human Rights Priority Country Update report has said.

“The government announced further land releases in January and June and there have been signs the military have started to disengage from civilian life,” it noted.

It added that the new Constitution making process was a good opportunity for Sri Lanka to introduce improved human rights protections

“The UK continued to urge Sri Lanka to repeal the Prevention of Terrorism Act and replace it with legislation that meets international standards,” the report said.

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