Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s new government has taken several positive steps including lifting media restrictions and ordering a review into the cases of political prisoners. A new amendment to the constitution curtailing some presidential powers and restoring independence to the public services commissions was passed in April. It has taken no concrete action on accountability for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the civil war that ended in 2009. The government has not cooperated with the UN Human Rights Council mandated investigation into war crimes, insisting instead on a purely domestic justice process. The draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act, which provides immunity for security officers, has not been repealed. 

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