US to implement USD2.6mn program to enhance justice system in Sri Lanka

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US Ambassador Atul Keshap and Acting Foreign Minister Harsha de Silva agree to $2.6 million in US assistance to help bolster rule of law in Sri Lanka

Sep 29, 2015 (LBO) – The United States and Sri Lanka on Tuesday agreed to implement a 2.6 million US dollar program to enhance the capabilities of Sri Lanka’s criminal justice system.

“A fair and equitable justice system goes to the heart of any democracy,” US Ambassador Atul Keshap said.

“The United States looks forward to sharing its experiences to help raise professionalism and transparency in Sri Lanka in a way consistent with international standards.”

As Secretary Kerry announced during his visit to Sri Lanka in May, these new programs are intended to help reform the justice system and include training to improve individual skills.

It would also promote policies to professionalize criminal justice institutions and practitioners, and ensuring better coordination between police and prosecutors.

In addition, separate programs will help build Sri Lanka’s capacity to handle complex crimes such as corruption, narcotics trafficking and financial and organized crimes.

Ambassador Keshap and Acting Foreign Minister Harsha de Silva signed the Memorandum of Understanding.

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