Sri Lanka: Commentary on the Prevention of Terrorism Act Amendment Bill

On 27 January 2022, the Sri Lankan government gazetted amendments to the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). Amnesty International’s analysis of the proposed amendments show that they fail to address critical gaps in the law. The bill requires substantial amendment beyond what has already been determined by the Sri Lankan Supreme Court as going against the Sri Lankan Constitution, to bring it in line with international law and standards. The Act must be repealed, and the Sri Lankan government must immediately establish a moratorium on the use of the PTA in the interim period.

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