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Sri lanka News – The European Union has expressed concerns over the possibility that a controversial anti-terrorism law would be used against activists who used their democratic right to protest which led to the resignation of ex-President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

The UN has also expressed concern.

Sri Lanka’s Prevention of Terrorism Act has controversial provisions including detaining suspects for long periods without being brought to court.

The EU has pressed Sri Lanka to reform the law as part of maintaining trade concessions under GSP+ scheme.

“Concerned about reports on the use of the Prevention of Terrorism Act in recent arrests as we refer to information given by #GoSL to the International Community about the de-facto moratorium of the use of #PTA,” the European Union delegation in Sri Lanka said in a post.

Police arrested Wasantha Mudalige, convenor of the Inter University Student’s Federal linked to the Frontline Line Socialist Party and several others this as part of series of arrests of peaceful protestors.

Police spokesman Nihal Thalduwa told reporters Sunday that an extended detention order has been sought to keep the recently arrested protestors who are suspected of ‘anti-government’ or ‘terrorist’ activities.

On Sunday Mary Lawler, US special rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders also expressed concern.

Detention orders without being brought to court to be remanded or given bail has been opposed by civil rights activists and international bodies.

Whiles some were arrested for damaging public property in the course of entering the Presidential Palace and office others were arrested for sitting on the president’s bed and using a swimming pool, critics have said.

President Ranil Wickremesinghe has characterised un-armed protestor or at least some, as being ‘fascists’.

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