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Tuesday, 17 July 2018 - 9:19
Death sentence or GSP+? EU warns
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Media reports citing the European Union diplomatic sources say that if Sri Lanka is to implement the death penalty, the nation will lose the concessionary GSP+ provided by the European Union.
 
Further, it had noted that the GSP+ concession is provided for developing countries as a measure to encourage respecting human rights.
 
Sri Lanka was initially awarded the trading facility by the EU bloc following the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami.
 
However, the facility was revoked in 2010 after the previous regime did not agree to accept the condition laid by the EU to renew the GSP+.
 
Sri Lanka obtained GSP+ following a 7-year hiatus following a thorough process after the current government came into power in 2015.
 
The EU diplomats believe that Sri Lanka receives an economic benefit of nearly 300 million euros through the GSP+ concession.
 
According to the United Kingdom's Annual Human Rights Repor,t 2017 released by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Sri Lanka remains a priority country.
 
The British High Commission in Sri Lanka said in a press statement that Sri Lanka is one of 30 'Human Rights Priority Countries' ;those countries being nations  where the UK has human rights concerns and hopes to engage positively to develop human rights performance,
 
The report acknowledges that there has been limited progress in the area of human rights in Sri Lanka.

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