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There was continued impunity for violations committed during the internal armed conflict, and the government failed to uphold commitments to the UN Human Rights Council around justice and reconciliation. As such, justice stalled and impunity prevailed, including in cases of killings and other violations allegedly linked to the ruling Rajapaksa family. Human rights defenders, journalists, lawyers and criminal investigators were increasingly intimidated and harassed. There were reports of deaths in custody and extrajudicial executions. Violence against women remained widespread. Minority Malayaha Tamil labourers suffered disproportionately from loss of wages during the COVID-19 pandemic and their efforts to secure better pay were halted.

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Death penalty status

Abolitionist in practice

Retains the death penalty in law, but hasn’t executed for at least 10 years


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