SL risks losing GSP+ if death penalty implemented
Posted on July 18th, 2018

Courtesy The Daily Mirror

EU ambassadors warned Sri Lanka on Monday against ending its 42-year moratorium on capital punishment and said the island risked losing trade concessions if it went ahead, the Daily Mail reported on Monday quoting the AFP.

“The diplomatic missions have requested the President to maintain the moratorium on the implementation of the death penalty and to uphold Sri Lanka’s tradition of opposition to capital punishment,” the EU ambassadors said in a joint statement.

Diplomats said they expected Sirisena to roll back the decision, but should the island go ahead it would loose preferential access for its exports to the 28-member EU bloc.

“If Sri Lanka resumes capital punishment, Colombo will immediately lose the GSP-Plus status,” an EU diplomatic source has told AFP.

This refers to its GSP Plus restored by the EU in May 2017 after a seven-year hiatus.

Sri Lanka was denied GSP Plus status in 2010 after failing to meet its rights obligations. The Sirisena administration reapplied after coming to power in 2015.

EU diplomats have estimated that Sri Lanka gains an estimated USD 350 million advantage annually thanks to the GSP-Plus system.

One Response to “SL risks losing GSP+ if death penalty implemented”

  1. Dilrook Says:

    Sri Lanka had a higher economic growth without EU’s GSP+. Since its reintroduction, our GDP growth fell to a dismal low. For a drop of a hat (or for now legalizing same sex marriage we will lose GSP+). Best to just drop it and do what is good for Sri Lanka. I can’t count a single instance when the EU did anything for the betterment of Sri Lanka.

    It is not difficult to see why. Most victims of narcotics in Sri Lanka are Buddhists whereas most traders belong to other creeds.

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