The European Union (EU) has hailed the performance of the Sri Lankan Government in advancing human rights, labour and environmental standards. It however observed that there were still many areas where reform had yet to be delivered.
EU Ambassador Tung-Lai Margue met Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Wednesday afternoon and made these observations. He also expressed important concerns about the lack of concrete progress in key areas and stated that torture has to stop. It is of paramount importance that the Government delivers on its commitments including the replacement of the Prevention of Terrorism Act.
He urged that the PTA should be replaced with a counter-terrorism legislation consistent with international standards and allowing people in custody to have access to a lawyer from the point of arrest. He added that the fate of those who disappeared at the end of the war should be clarified.
The Ambassador ws accompanied by a team of visiting EU senior officials, who were in the country for the last 10 days on a fact-finding mission.