Sri Lanka Cabinet approves draft anti-terrorism law

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Cabinet of Ministers has approved the draft of a new counter terrorism law to replace its Prevention of Terrorism Act aimed at dealing with new forms of transnational violence, a government spokesman said.

The new law aims to ensure full compliance with Sri Lanka’s human rights obligations, while having adequate provisions to combat and deal with terrorism, according to a proposal by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
Government spokesman and acting Media Minister Karunarathne Paranavithana said a committee appointed by Wickremesinghe and headed by the minister of law and order had completed the draft policy and legal framework on the proposed Counter Terrorism Act.

The new law was needed as terrorism had changed its nature, growing from internal conflicts to transnational violence, he told a news conference.

“We need the new law to ensure the country is not used as a recruiting ground or for other organising activity of international terrorists,” he said. 
(COLOMBO, Oct 12, 2016)

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