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Colombo, Feb 8 (Daily Mirror) - While claiming that the Sri Lankan Parliament passed the Online Safety Act on 24 January, despite concerns raised by international internet providers and various other concerned parties, the United Kingdom has stated that it will closely monitor the progress of this Act.

Despite concerns expressed by civil society, opposition parties and international internet providers regarding the potential negative impacts of the Online Safety Act, the Sri Lankan Parliament passed it into law on 24 January, Anne-Marie Trevelyan Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) informed the UK Parliament.

“The UK also raised concerns about the impact of this Act on the freedom of expression and economic growth, including when I met Sri Lankan President Wickremesinghe in October, and when Lord (Tariq) Ahmad, Minister of State for South Asia, met Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Ali Sabry on 25 January,” she stated in a written statement to the UK Parliament.


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  • Buddhist Thursday, 08 February 2024 08:23 AM

    More than the international opposition to the Online Safety Act, the Speaker's signing a bill that did not have the amendment suggested by the Supreme Court is an insult to the courts, and the Supreme Court should take immediate action against the Speaker. Over to you, Chief Justice!

    joshua Thursday, 08 February 2024 08:33 AM

    The undemocratic ways of acting by the SLPP and their Saviour Ranil, should be condoned by the whole world.

    Jude Thursday, 08 February 2024 10:10 AM

    I reiterate, stop funding this oppressive regime, period.

    Sapumal Thursday, 08 February 2024 10:44 AM

    Ban ruling politicians from entering UK until they withdraw this draconian bill.

    Jagath Ekanaya Thursday, 08 February 2024 11:07 AM

    Stop all aid to the country until this human rights abuser is in prison.

    Nihal Thursday, 08 February 2024 11:10 AM

    SL is marching towards Stone Age . Barbarian laws are at present

    Don Thursday, 08 February 2024 11:19 AM

    All developed countries must inform SL government via their ambassadors that all funding assistance and visa granting to Government MPs including the President will be subjected to uphold of democratic freedoms. Results will be immediate. Period.

    SL citizen Thursday, 08 February 2024 11:32 AM

    Online Safety Bill is an internal affair of Sri Lanka. Why does the UK want to meddle in our internal affairs? We are an independent nation. Their days of meddling in our internal affairs are over.

    Don Thursday, 08 February 2024 12:50 PM

    You are an idiot living in a well. There are no independent countries in the word. All countries are interdependent. There are nothing called internal affairs. All are interrelated affairs involving rest of the world. Sri Lanka is in the world. , not the opposite. Grow up. Respect democratic rights of people. Respect internationally accepted norms.

    Avery Markham Thursday, 08 February 2024 01:19 PM

    This act is based on the UK Online Safety Act just Google. SL has copied UK ACT.

    Senaka Wijesinghe Thursday, 08 February 2024 02:30 PM

    This clearly shows Ranil's and Rajapakshas' undemocratic mindset. They are not used to democratic principles. All international democracies and organisations including IMF should act against this autocratic, uncivilized and undemocratic regime. I'm really surprised why IMF is silent in the wake of passing these undemocratic acts by the legislature as good governance and rule of law are vital for success of their program.

    navratne willamune Thursday, 08 February 2024 07:15 PM

    UK too have draconian laws when it comes to on line news .looks like a police state.every thing is monitored,there is no real press freedom.lived there for forty odd years,have seen it in operation

    Vivek Thursday, 08 February 2024 09:22 PM

    Well said, this was the tactics used previously for minority vs majority and the country suffered a lot

    UK Online Safety is Questionable too Friday, 09 February 2024 05:07 AM

    You British should mind your own business. As if your on line safety is the best in the world. Look at your own social issues before commenting on others!

    A Citizen of a Once Great Country Friday, 09 February 2024 10:20 AM

    I saw on news yesterday that the Hon opposition leader rightly pointed out 9 areas where the Supreme Court's recommendations had allegedly been ignored in the passed law despite objects from society. This really shocked me to see how the Apex judicial body's rulings and recommendations are ignored like this in a democracy. Where are we heading as a nation? What sort of unprofessional bunch of crooked politicians have we elected to run the legislature? For the first time in life, it came to my mind that NPP is a valid option to consider for my vote in the upcoming election.


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