Eu Gsp+ Officials Demand The Sri Lankan Government to Ammend The Prevention of Terrorism Act (Pta)

Eu Gsp+ Officials Demand The Sri Lankan Government to Ammend The Prevention of Terrorism Act (Pta)
Source: Colombo Gazette (2021). https://colombogazette.com/2021/09/28/eu-delegation-reviewing-gsp-holds-crucial-talks-with-justice-minister/

Author: Sarah Thanawala

Team: Sri Lanka

On October 6, 2021, the senior officials of the European Union (EU) Generalised System of Preferences Plus (GSP+) [1] concluded their visit to Sri Lanka. The aim of the visit, the duration of which began on September 27, was to evaluate whether Sri Lanka will continue to enjoy trade benefits, in light of the State’s adherence to its international commitments. Thus, as part of the GSP + Monitoring Mission, the EU officials evaluated Sri Lanka’s obligation to conform with 27 International Conventions. Consequently, the report of the visit concluded that in order for Sri Lanka to enjoy trade concessions and beneficial access to the EU marrkets, the Rajapaksan Government must ensure non-discrimination among its citizens. Moreover, it primarily focused on taking the necessary steps to ammend the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) that is notorious to be widely abused on account of its discriminatory provisions against the Sri Lankan minority communities. The EU’s GSP+ visit is a crucial example of the international community’s role in pressurizing non-conforming States to fulfill their international commitments, thus, keeping international human rights violations in check. 

Notes
[1] The EU’s GSP+ scheme is a unilateral trade tool that removes import duties from products coming into the EU from lower middle-income countries, supporting sustainable development.” https://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/sri-lanka/105156/eu-gsp-monitoring-mission-concludes-visit-sri-lanka_en 

References

Economy Next (2021, October 7). EU: Focused on non-discrimination, PTA during Sri Lanka’s GSP+ monitoring mission. https://economynext.com/eu-focused-on-non-discrimination-pta-during-sri-lankas-gsp-monitoring-mission-86761/