Government says PTA not used for past six months

A committee chaired by Sagala Ratnayake had been appointed to draft the new counter terrorism law instead of the existing Prevention of Terrorism Act.The Government said the new law will provide adequate provisions for prevention of terrorism and affirm Sri Lanka’s commitment on human rights responsibilities. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had last year submitted the policy and legal framework of the new law, which is to replace the PTA. The Government says the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) has not been used for the past six months.Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayake told Parliament the PTA will be replaced soon with a new counter terrorism law. Responding to a question raised in Parliament today, the Minister said that there was no need to use the PTA anymore and so it will be replaced. Last week the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein called on Sri Lanka to move faster on essential post war confidence building measures, including resolving long-pending cases registered under the Prevention of Terrorism Act. (Colombo Gazette)

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