Author: Hermine Donceel

Social & human rights South Asia & ASEAN Sri Lanka

Commission offers to reinstate Sri Lanka GSP+ status conditional on further human rights scrutiny

The European Commission has proposed on 11 January to grant Sri Lanka the Generalised Scheme of Preferences Plus (GSP +) status, the benefits of which had been temporarily withdrawn from the country in 2010. This exclusion followed an investigation’s findings that had flagged serious flaws in Sri Lanka’s implementation of three UN human rights …

Canada and CETA

In brief: François-Philippe Champagne appointed as trade minister in Canada

François-Philippe Champagne, a former business executive and Quebec MP, is replacing Chrystia Freeland as Canadian Minister of International Trade.   46 year-old Champagne is considered a rookie in Canadian politics. He started his political career only in his fourties after spending years working for a major business in Switzerland, with …