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No repeal of PTA at present

28 August 2015 01:58 am - 6     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

The government is not considering the revocation or the amendment of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) at present, a minister said yesterday.

Earlier, the Campaign for Free and Fair Elections, a local election monitoring body, had said that it should be repealed. The organisation called it a draconian piece of legislation that was used to suppress human rights.

However, Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, in response to a query, said the government was not considering it at the moment.

He said the government would prioritise the enactment of legislation such as the Right to Information Bill, the National Audit Bill and the Judicial Protection Bill.

He said government would start work on these, and also on amendments to the Buddhist Temporalities Ordinance on a priority basis. (Kelum Bandara)

  Comments - 6

  • Krisna Friday, 28 August 2015 09:55 AM

    If they wants to continue with Junta ruling the PTA has to keep. So, these people also have bad track records

    Waco Friday, 28 August 2015 01:08 PM

    Make sure that the animals are well tamed, before removing the fences.

    raj Friday, 28 August 2015 09:52 PM

    It shows the dark side the the government. There is no need for PTA. If need arises, they can introduce it through parliament with debate. What is the use of PTA? Is it to use to suppress freedom of speech?

    gamarala Friday, 28 August 2015 10:24 PM

    Each successive government has been hanging on to the PTA since JR, to use this to punish political dissenters. Yahapalanaya is no different. If there is no terrorism and according to Biswal, there is no terror by the government, then why do we need the PTA?

    Piranha Friday, 28 August 2015 02:16 PM

    Soon the animals will include Rajapaksa and his 40 thieves.

    Rajiv Friday, 28 August 2015 05:07 PM

    Already two big animals are out, what to tame?

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