RIGHTS-SRI LANKA: War May See EU Duty Concessions Cut


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Sri Lankas garment industry is worried that the duty free access it enjoys to European markets will soon be cut as a result of alleged human rights violations related to the governments pursuit of a military solution to a long-standing ethnic conflict. EU trade concessions, known as GSP+, end this year and will come up for review in October. Already EU has indicated that continuance of the GSP+ depends on how well the Sri Lankan government is seen to be implementing 27 international conventions on human rights, labor rights and environmental standards. “It is totally based on fulfilling these conventions.

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