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Are Sri Lankan expatriates’ rights harmonised for country’s economic interest?

Daily FT, Sri Lanka, 18 December 2021 - Today, 18 December, is International Migrants Day. However, for Sri Lanka, this year 18 December is marred due to unfortunate incidents that took place in Japan and Pakistan, with the deaths of two Sri Lankan expatriate workers – Wishma Rathnayake and Priyantha Kumara.

Today Sri Lankan expatriates around the globe have suffered during the pandemic. The Government claims that nearly 150 domestic migrants in 17 countries have died due to COVID-19 within the last two years. Generally, on this day, the Sri Lankan government gathers migrant workers and their families to recognise their immense contribution to GDP.

Wishma Rathnayake was detained under Japan’s immigration system, where she died on 6 March 2021. While under blasphemy allegations, Priyantha Kumara was lynched by mobs and died on 3 December 2021. Both these incidents sparked an international outcry for justice and legislative reforms.

On previous occasions, Sri Lanka experienced similar outrages when in 2010, L.G. Ariyawathi was severely tortured and sent back from Saudi Arabia. Later in 2013, Rizana Nafeek was beheaded in Saudi Arabia on the allegations of the murder of a four-month-old infant.

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Source: https://www.ft.lk/columns/Are-Sri-Lankan-expatriates-rights-harmonised-for-country-s-economic-interest/4-727760

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