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Sri lanka News – Sri Lanka’s minister of justice has announced the introduction of a new ‘national security act’ with more “relaxed” provisions to replace the controversial Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA).

Cabinet spokesman Minister Bandula Gunawardena said at the weekly cabinet press briefing on Tuesday August 23 that Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapaksha has announced a decision to draft the proposed new bill.

“The PTA has been there since 1979. The Minister of Justice has said that the PTA will be revised with relaxed conditions and introduced as a new bill,” said Gunawardena.

The PTA has been a controversial counter-terror law that has drawn criticism from human rights activists, foreign governments and international organisations.

It is currently under scrutiny again after it was used to detain three anti-government protestors.

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(Colombo/Aug23/2022)

 

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