CPRP joins TNA signatory campaign to Repeal PTA

On the 15th of February the CPRP joined the protest and signature campaign to repeal the Prevention of Terrorism Act No. 48 of 1979, led by Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian M. A. Sumanthiran. The campaign was launched on the very same day, before the Fort Railway Station. From then onwards, the campaign was held in Jaffna, Hatton, Ampara, Negombo, Trincomalee, Gampaha, Mannar, Batticaloa, Vavuniya, Mullaithivu, Kandy, Matale and Nuwara Eliya.

Initially introduced as a temporary provisions act in 1979, the law has remained within use for the past 43 years. Over this period of time, there has been no redress to the disadvantageous effects the Act has presented to many Sri Lankans. The recent PTA Amendment Bill which was presented to the Parliament may not substantially change the law and has spurred conversation among lawyers, parliamentarians, rights activists and civil society on the need to wholly repeal the Act and introduce laws that are compatible with international law.

Among those present at the signatory campaign was Illankai Thamil-Arasu Kachchi Member of Parliament Shanakiyan Rajaputhiran Rasamanickam.

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