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Govt says no to state of emergency changes and decriminalisation of homosexuality

The Sri Lankan government on Friday rejected changes called for by the European Union as part of a programme of commitment enabling the preferential trade tarrif GSP+ to be granted. 

Despite calls for homosexuality to be decriminalised and for a two-thirds parliamentary majority needed to approve the introduction of a state of emergency, the government has dropped these two changes in its five year, National Human Rights Action Plan (NHAP), the SundayTimes.lk reported. 

According to the paper, the changes were dropped at a meeting chaired by the prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe on Friday, and on the instruction of the president, Maithripala Sirisena. 

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