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Anti-Terror Bill Revives Concerns of Abuse

By Human Rights Watch - Thu May 18, 5:09 pm

Sri Lanka: Anti-Terror Bill Revives Concerns of Abuse PHOTO


Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena addresses the United Nations General Assembly in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S. September 21, 2016. 

© 2016 Reuters/Eduardo Munoz

(New York) – Sri Lanka’s latest counterterrorism bill falls far short of the government’s pledges to the United Nations Human Rights Council to end abusive detention without charge, Human Rights Watch said today. The Cabinet approved the third draft of the Counter Terrorism Act (CTA) on May 3, 2017, but no parliamentary vote has been set.

While the bill improves upon the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), it would still permit many of the abuses occurring under current law, and raises a number of new concerns. To meet its promises to the Human Rights Council, the government should reject any counterterrorism legislation that is not in accordance with international best practices….

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