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Sri Lanka leader asks rights groups not to oppose executions


COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's president suggested human rights teams on Wednesday not to interfere along with his plans to end a 43-year moratorium on capital punishment.

Maithripala Sirisena informed Parliament that executions will resume within the next two months.

He stated many better nations carry out executions but smaller countries like Sri Lanka are hampered through human rights teams in their efforts to control crime.

"In carrying out the executions ... I especially appeal to the human rights organizations not to control punishments given to serious criminals by raising human rights issues," Sirisena stated.

Sri Lanka is predominantly Buddhist, a religion which advocates non-violence. It closing executed a prisoner in 1976.

Sirisena stated whilst the country has had positive influences from all religions, tough legislation enforcement is vital to curb crime and care for order.

Recent large seizures of narcotics have raised suspicions that the country has change into a smuggling hub.


During a talk over with to the Philippines closing month, Sirisena praised President Rodrigo Duterte's drug crackdown as "an example to the world." Thousands of suspects have been killed within the crackdown, which Duterte launched after taking place of work in 2016. Rights teams have denounced the killings as extrajudicial executions.


Sri Lanka has 1,299 prisoners going through demise sentences, including 48 convicted of drug offences.


Police have intensified efforts to crack down on drugs, seizing 90 kilograms (198 kilos) of heroin from a luxurious condominium in Colombo closing month. Two Americans, two Sri Lankans and an Afghan have been arrested. On Tuesday, a total 110 kilograms (242 kilos) of substances have been seized from two locations near the capital.


Giada Girelli, a human rights analyst with the Harm Reduction International drug coverage analysis staff, stated closing week that there's no proof that executions would serve as an efficient deterrent to drug use or trafficking.


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