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IMF urged to link Sri Lanka loan to rights

IMF urged to link Sri Lanka loan to rights

The International Monetary Fund must insist that Sri Lanka's government respect media rights and the rule of law before granting any new lending, a press freedom group said Tuesday.
The Sri Lankan military's recent successes against separatist Tamil Tiger rebels in the north have been accompanied by a "ruthless campaign" against the media and dissidents, the Paris-based Reporters Without Borders wrote in a letter to the IMF.
The government is trying to negotiate an emergency IMF loan worth $1.9 billion to boost its economy, which has been ravaged by decades of civil war and a global financial meltdown.
"In return for granting this loan, we urge you to obtain specific undertakings from the government to respect press freedom and the rule of law," Jean-Fran


Updated : 2020-12-06 07:30 GMT+08:00