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German Ambassador meets with Basil Rajapaksa despite human rights concerns

Following the appointment of Basil Rajapaksa to the position of Finance Minister, Germany’s Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Holger Seubert, meet with the Finance Minister despite ongoing human rights violations.

Earlier this year, Germany voted in favour of the UN resolution mandating the collection of evidence that could be used in a future war crimes trial. The resolution highlighted the deterioration of human rights in Sri Lanka and follows a scathing UN report which detailed the ongoing abuses in Sri Lanka.

Commenting on the meeting he tweeted:

The Rajapaksa family is notorious for appointing family members to senior cabinet positions, with Basil Rajapaksa gaining the moniker “Mr Ten Percent” as he would demand “a ten per cent commission on every project”. The International Truth and Justice Project has produced an infographic, available here, to display nepotism in Sri Lanka.

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