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Sri Lanka: Proposed counter terrorism law does not comply with international law

, Index number: ASA 37/9769/2019

The proposed Counter Terrorism Act intended to repeal its draconian predecessor, needs substantial amendment to be brought in line with international law. Sri Lanka promised to repeal the Prevention of Terrorism Act when it co-sponsored United Nations Human Rights Council Resolution 30/1 in September 2015 and to replace it with anti-terrorism legislation which would be in accordance with contemporary international best practice. Despite their commitment, the government of Sri Lanka has delayed doing so by more than three years. Amnesty International is concerned that the proposed legislation falls short in many sections from what the government promised.

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