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SL likely to lose GSP+ concessions

October 17, 2009

Reuters : EU probe slams Sri Lanka on human rights
A European Union probe has found Sri Lanka in breach of international human rights laws, meaning the South Asian country is likely to lose concessions worth over $100 million for its top exports to Europe, EU sources said.

…”The assessment report says Sri Lanka does not fulfil the requirements of GSP plus,” one EU source said on Friday in reference to the system of preferential tariffs for the world’s poorest countries.

“The evidence is very clear that Sri Lanka does not fulfil the basic human rights conditions of GSP plus,” the source said, citing the report.

…EU sources said the report shows evidence of police violence, torture and breaches of labour laws, notably the use of underage children.

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