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31 August 2017

Sri Lanka’s draft Counter Terrorism Act

On behalf of the Foundation for Human Rights, Toby Fisher today met the EU Commission’s trade team in Brussels to discuss his joint opinion with Prof Christof Heyns on the compliance of Sri Lanka’s draft Counter Terrorism Act with international human rights norms. 

The Sri Lankan government has promised to replace Sri Lanka’s Prevention of Terrorism Act (‘PTA’) with a human rights compliant framework. Such repeal and replacement is a requirement of UN Human Rights Council Resolution A/HRC/RES/30/1 and a condition of Sri Lanka’s continued right to enjoy preferential trade conditions with the EU under GSP+. 

Mr Fisher and Prof Heyns concluded in their June 2017 opinion that the current proposals to replace the PTA do not provide for a human rights compliant framework for countering terrorism and recommended amendments be made before any legislation is passed.

The opinion can be downloaded here. 

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