ECONOMYNEXT – The European Union has called for minority protection, addressing hate speech and an end to the death penalty as a delegation reviewed Sri Lanka’s progress on basic freedoms given to the people, after regaining GSP+ benefits.
“The EU welcomed progress made in protecting and promoting human rights and fundamental freedoms in the country, and called for continuation and consolidation of these achievements in the future,” a statement from the Sri Lanka UE joint working group said.
The EU also reiterated its opposition to the use of the death penalty in all circumstances and encouraged Sri Lanka to maintain its moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty.
The Joint Working Group discussed matters related to minorities and measures to address hate speech, as well as, radicalization and violent extremism.
“In the context of the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks, EU and Sri Lanka have agreed to strengthen cooperation and dialogue on counter-terrorism in the aftermath of the attacks, the statement added.
“The need for new counter-terrorism legislation in line with international standards and human rights was stressed.”