DRI published this handbook in Sinhala and Tamil to raise awareness among trade union activists, trade unionists and civil society actors on the GSP+ scheme, its economic implications, and eligibility criteria – particularly the list of human rights and labour rights conventions countries must adhere to qualify for, and remain a part of, the scheme. These handbooks were distributed at awareness raising sessions held in the districts to promote CSO members to use GSP+ as a tool to hold government accountable to promote and protect human and labour rights.
Sri Lanka has been an EU GSP+ beneficiary since 2005. In 2009, for the first time, the EU decided to temporarily halt GSP+ benefits to Sri Lanka due to non-compliance with three conventions (ICCPR, CAT and CRC). In 2017 Sri Lanka was re-granted GSP+ status because of positive human rights developments. Official statistics demonstrate the positive impact the scheme has had on Sri Lanka’s economy since the country regained the status. You can find out more about GSP+ here.
This project is funded by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).