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HRW World Report 2020: Human Rights gains in Sri Lanka in grave peril

Colombo, Jan 16 (BAN/ AD): As per HRW World Report 2020 Human Rights gains in Sri Lanka is in grave peril. After Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s election as president in November 2019 fundamental human rights in is in serious jeopardy. The report was released on Tuesday, is 652-page 30th edition. The report reviews human rights practices in nearly 100 countries.

Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia director at Human Rights Watch said “There is every reason to fear that any progress Sri Lanka has made in recent years in restoring basic rights and rebuilding democratic institutions will be overturned with a vengeance.”

As Rajapaksa, along with his brother Mahinda Rajapaksa, were implicated in numerous human rights violations from 2005 to 2015 is of serious concern.

As per report Maithripala Sirisena government made some progress in addressing abuses during the civil war between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, which ended in May 2009.

Sri Lanka has failed to keep its pledge in repeated Human Rights Council resolutions to establish an accountability mechanism that included international judges and prosecutors.

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