The fifth Working Group on Governance, Rule of Law and Human Rights between Sri Lanka and the European Union has been held in Colombo.
Issuing a statement the Public Diplomacy Division of the Foreign Ministry said, the two partners reaffirmed their commitment to good governance, adherence to the rule of law, and protection of human rights.
The Working Group discussed common interests pertaining to the protection and promotion of fundamental rights and freedoms, and agreed to continue cooperation on issues of relevance.
The EU reiterated the importance of fostering social, economic and political inclusion through justice, reconciliation and accountability.
The two sides discussed the 20th Amendment, independence of the judiciary, separation of powers and ongoing work of independent institutions.
Both parties reiterated the importance of the effective functioning of independent institutions.
Moreover, the EU expressed its readiness to continue supporting Sri Lanka in these efforts.
Sri Lanka meanwhile provided an update on the action in process to review the Prevention of Terrorism Act, and reiterated its commitment to bring it in line with international norms and standards within a time bound process.