Sri Lanka ends death sentence moratorium

The president of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena, has signed the death warrants of four prisoners on drug-related charges. This ends a 43-year moratorium in Sri Lanka on the death penalty, where capital punishment has been handed down for serious crimes but has been routinely changed to life imprisonment. Sirisena announced the executions emphasising that he was committed to using the death penalty for drug-related offences as part of an ongoing ‘war on drugs’ which has escalated in the last two years.