Reform Pains

Civil rights activists warn that Sri Lanka is in danger of unfavourable reforms because of poor application of international trade agreements.

Human rights groups are drawing attention to legal reforms – brought on by multilateral and bilateral trade agreements that can work against the country if not implemented with care.rn

rnLegal and other types of reform are often needed to enforce trade agreements, but public interest watchdogs point out that faulty laws will block internal development while tipping the balance in favour of the other party.rn

rnThey point to blunders in the proposed intellectual property law and the more recent changes to water and land laws as reforms that didnt have Sri Lankas best interests at heart.rn

rnSri Lankas lawmakers are accused of sleeping through concessions available to developing countries when drafting laws to facilitate international trade pacts.rn

rnThe proposed legislation on intellectual property for instance totally ignored World Trade Organisation