Sri Lanka gets tougher on Drug related crimes, uses PH's succees in drug war as template

Sri Lanka gets tougher on Drug related crimes, uses PH's succees in drug war as template

There is an old saying that says “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”

The Sri Lankan government announced that it would be ready to fight its own drug war with the use of an iron hand.

It announced that they would already  start hanging criminals with connection to illegal drugs. Sri Lanka will end its near- 50 years moratorium on capital punishment.

The Sri Lankan authorities say they will be needing tougher approach in addressing the drug menace in their own country.

President of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena told his cabinet that he “was ready to sign the death warrants" of repeat drug offenders and deploy the military to tackle the drug crime.

"From now on, we will hang drug offenders without commuting their death sentences," Sri Lankan spokeman Rajitha Senaratne said.

"We were told that the Philippines has been successful in deploying the army and dealing with this problem. We will try to replicate their success," he said.

Since 1976,Sri Lanka has banned the policy on capital punishment and they would just mete out life imprisonment for offenders of serious crimes.

Senaratne said there were 19 drug offenders whose death sentences had been commuted to life imprisonment. But with the shift of national policy regarding drug offenders it was not clear if they would be hanged under the new government policy.

Amnesty International

The London based human rights group has called out Sri Lanka not to pursue this new policy.

"Sri Lanka must pull back from any plans to implement the death penalty and preserve its longstanding positive record on shunning this cruel and irreversible punishment," AI said.


Malacañang response to Sri Lanka’s policy shift.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque addressing reporters in the palace said that “We are happy that other countries have taken note of our war on drugs, and that they look upon us as best practice on dealing with illegal drugs. So we appreciate that.”

Official government data shows that 4,354 individuals have died during police operations in the Duterte administration’s war on drugs compared to 147,802 that have been arrested from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2018.

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