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The United Kingdom (UK) yesterday said the implementation of the death penalty in Sri Lanka would inevitably makes it more difficult for the UK to cooperate on law enforcement issues, including counter-terrorism.

In a statement, a UK Foreign Office spokesperson said it would require the UK to review its technical assistance programmes on relevant policing, defence and other security issues if the death penalty was implemented.

“We are deeply concerned at reports that Sri Lanka intends to abandon its long-standing moratorium on the implementation of the death penalty. The UK opposes the use of the death penalty in all circumstances as a matter of principle.

Sri Lanka voted in favour of a global moratorium on the use of the death penalty at the UN General Assembly just six months ago.

A reversal of this policy would be a regressive step that would harm Sri Lanka’s international standing and its reputation as a tourist destination and growing centre for business.

We have raised our concerns at the highest levels of the Sri Lankan Government. We continue to call on Sri Lanka to maintain its moratorium on the death penalty,” the statement said.

  Comments - 6

  • jaliya Thursday, 27 June 2019 08:09 AM

    Good decision by the Brits. Nothing loss and nothing gained. You were shown the dark side of the moon to begin with, at anytime in the past or present investigations.

    Anmanpan Thursday, 27 June 2019 08:59 AM

    No more handshakes with the Queen sans gloves. I think the Queen may have ordered a truckload of disinfectant to wash her hands.

    Vernon Thursday, 27 June 2019 09:13 AM

    But what have you done to help us in eradicating the drug menace? The whole world cannot adopt the same standards as in developed countries. Death penalty is in our law. So don't interfere and threaten us, just because you are a powerful developed country.

    DillonDP Thursday, 27 June 2019 09:24 AM

    Well dont worry we wont implement its, the bison only moos

    Lord Wolfstein Thursday, 27 June 2019 09:41 AM

    A lunatic president is on the way to destroy the Sri Lankan economy for his political agenda

    Dinu Jayawardena Thursday, 27 June 2019 09:41 AM

    Have they ever encountered any difficulty to co operate on law enforcement matters with the USA or Saudi Arabia till now, who carry out the death sentence to date ?? and Didn't the Brits execute hundreds of Sri lankans like Henry Pedris,Puran Appu,Monerawila Kappetipola,Saradiel etc when they ruled over Ceylon?? Double standards at it's best

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