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The Presidential Commission of Inquiry for Appraisal of the Findings of Previous Commissions and Committees on Human Rights said in its interim report that the commission is not in agreement with the calls to repeal the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), President's Media Division (PMD) said.

The Commission handed over its interim report to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat last evening (20).

The report has highlighted that the PTA should be reformed in line with the laws against the prevention of terrorism in other countries including in the UK, the PMD said.

The Commission, which has paid special attention to the Provisions 9, 11 and 13 of the PTA, has made three key recommendations in its interim report with regard to the implementation of the PTA in a more democratic manner.

The Commission highlighted the possibility to expedite the hearing of cases of those who are being detained for a minimum of three months or a longer period under provision 9 of the PTA by filing indictments against them and to confine the detainees to their own home or the residential area under special security instead of detaining them in prisons in line with the provision 11 of the PTA.

The Commission, in its Interim Report, proposes the importance of establishing an Advisory Board consisting of not less than three persons representing all ethnic groups, to advise the President or the Minister in charge of Defence under provision 13 of the PTA.

It is the policy of the Government to work with the United Nations and its agencies to ensure accountability and human resource development in order to achieve lasting peace and reconciliation.

The Government is committed to providing solutions for the issues to be resolved within the democratic and legal process and to ensure justice and reconciliation by implementing necessary institutional reforms.

The Presidential Commission of Inquiry for Appraisal of the Findings of Previous Commissions and Committees and the Way Forward has been mandated to handover its final report in the next six months.

The President in extraordinary gazettes issued on January 21 and February 12, 2021, appointed members to the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) to investigate, inquire into and report or take necessary actions on findings of preceding Commissions or Committees appointed to investigate into human rights violations, serious violations of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and other such offences.

The Commission is chaired by Supreme Court Judge A. H. M. D. Nawaz, and its other members are retired Inspector General of Police Chandra Fernando, retired District Secretary Nimal Abeysiri and former Mayor of Jaffna Yogeswari Patkunarajah.

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  • Joshua Wednesday, 21 July 2021 06:13 PM

    Home and Home affairs. So both won't contradict each other.


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