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Colombo, Feb. 03 (Daily Mirror)- Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge urged the government to withdraw the Online Safety Act and the Anti-Terrorism Bill, claiming that they were dangerous acts which could be used by the government at any time to violate people's fundamental rights.

Making a special statement on social media, she said the youth and the people must act democratically against these laws.

"The Online Safety Act and the Anti-Terrorism Bill are very dangerous. If the government wants, these Acts have provisions to easily violate fundamental rights of the people at any time. We have serious fear as to how the government would use these pieces of legislature when we consider how it has acted on previous occasions. People have a right to use the internet and social media as they want. If they are used to spread false news and create political instability, then the prevailing laws in the country are sufficient to act against such moves. There is no need of special laws," she said.

Ms. Kumaratunge said there is an election year ahead in Sri Lanka and that it was doubtful as to how these Acts would be used.

"We have a bad experience where some governments have acted against the law to rig elections. Thousands of people were arrested and jailed on false allegations to win elections. We must be on high alert as to how these Acts will be used in this election year. We call upon the youth to protest against these Acts democratically and urge the government to withdraw the two Acts," she said.

She said the government was making a commendable effort to restore the economy on the advise of the IMF and added that these Acts will hinder the international support in this endeavour.


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  • මහ බැංකු හොරා Saturday, 03 February 2024 05:25 PM

    Walk your talk! Joining Ranil means joining Rajapakses. You will lose even the little respect you from tge masses if you join Maitri and Ranil.

    Non racist Saturday, 03 February 2024 05:51 PM

    Could be amended. Freedom of speech leads to racism

    Abd Saturday, 03 February 2024 07:16 PM

    This acts would be helpful to this government to crush peoples’ uprising until October election, just for a couple of months, but if the next government would be is NPP, then those acts will boomerang to current rulers,

    Sam Silva Saturday, 03 February 2024 07:20 PM

    This person ruined our country and still gives advice.

    Man Sunday, 04 February 2024 06:46 AM

    Yes indeed.

    Buddhist Saturday, 03 February 2024 07:25 PM

    Chandrika has once again lost her respect by joining Maithripala!

    Vipula Saturday, 03 February 2024 08:09 PM

    Prevention is better than cure madam. Just stay in retirement.

    Don Juan Saturday, 03 February 2024 08:28 PM

    Queen of Drama has spoken, what an insincere demand.

    DOT Saturday, 03 February 2024 08:35 PM

    MaMadam your era was over !

    Rip Winkle Saturday, 03 February 2024 08:45 PM

    What the heck she wants now?

    Tax payer money gone waste Saturday, 03 February 2024 09:31 PM

    She is joining the forces to save the handouts given by the govt

    Volker Metzger Saturday, 03 February 2024 10:10 PM

    What Chandrika says is very thoughtful and her warning about what a Ranil-led government can do with it is very valid!!! Abuse of power was often practiced and experienced first-hand under Ranil and previous governments! The new technical and media technology means and methods can be used effectively in exactly this sense! The dangers that she addresses in connection with the violation of fundamental rights or election manipulation are very real and should give way to very critical reflection in the public! The SLPP and Ranil's political management can be expected to do a lot of dirty politics in these times of their struggle for existence!!!

    Sick of crooked politicians Sunday, 04 February 2024 02:47 AM

    That is how Ranil started too, justice for all people, I will support the aragalaya etc etc....please stay home, you and your Ranil rajapaksa cronies have done enough damage to the nation.

    Nilmini Welivita Sunday, 04 February 2024 02:48 AM

    This old sow should enjoy her generous taxpayer funded retirement.

    Jagath Ekanaya Sunday, 04 February 2024 02:52 AM

    Power hungry wretch, please go away....far far away...

    Kick these scumbags out Sunday, 04 February 2024 02:55 AM

    It will eventually be the grandest alliance between Bandaranaike, Wickramasinghe, Rajapaksa and Sirisena. These dinosaurs are terrified of the inevitable JVP victory.

    The curse of the nation Sunday, 04 February 2024 02:56 AM

    How many billions did the rajapaksas offer you?

    Lanki Sunday, 04 February 2024 06:13 AM

    What is the point in Chandrika shouting now, she has already joined hands with Ranil!

    Man Sunday, 04 February 2024 06:49 AM

    Volker Metzger; She was also an expert in that regard. Ballot papers found on roads from a few places in 2010.

    Kays N Sunday, 04 February 2024 09:28 AM

    aaahhh..madam Rip Van Winkle has woken up! Fashionably late, as usual. Perhaps due to waiting on her favourite lawyer Sarath to finish reading the gazzette. Unfortunately, we know from his own admission that his decisions are often disastrous for the citizens!

    Jude Sunday, 04 February 2024 11:14 AM

    Yeah, Ranil was waiting for your kind request!!!

    Sarath Silva Sunday, 04 February 2024 02:32 PM

    Find a suitable ELDERS HOME to spend the rest of your life..!

    Chandi Sunday, 04 February 2024 04:36 PM

    Social media has become the ground for character assassinations. There should be some kind of a control over such activities.

    Thunesinga Palankottu Sunday, 04 February 2024 05:28 PM

    All Bandas and Bandees destroyed this country since 1956!

    Jeanne Monday, 05 February 2024 05:49 AM

    100% right. But don't forget that, while they deprived the masses of a good education they sent their children to Oxford and other overseas universities. Chandrika should just shut up. Her family destroyed this country from her father, then her mother and after all that, she did nothing productive or positive either for Sri Lanka.

    VJ Monday, 05 February 2024 08:17 AM

    You had your chance to contribute, now you should enjoy your retirement, you don’t have anything to offer considering your past performance.


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