August 15, 2022


Sri Lanka Legalises Detention For ‘Deradicalisation’

Sri Lanka has legalized using controversial anti-terror laws to punish people indulging in religious extremism and has also allowed detainment of suspects for two years on charges of “deradicalization”.

On Saturday, Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa declared regulations allowing the government officials to detain anyone suspected of carrying out “acts of violence or religious, racial or communal disharmony or feelings of ill will or hostility between different communities”.

In addition to this, the government has also announced plans to permanently ban the burqa for women, which has been a major update since a temporary ban was imposed on burqas in April 2019.

These rules have been set up under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), which has been a topic of debate for a long time from local and international rights groups.