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Fresh instructions issued in respect of PTA



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In the wake of a spate of arrests of former senior members of the LTTE, the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) has issued specific directives in respect of detaining persons under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA).

HRCSL spokesman attorney-at-law Saliya Peiris yesterday told The Island that directives had been issued following concerns expressed by some persons. Responding to a query, Peiris emphasized that their intervention wasn’t in any way meant to impede ongoing investigations.

The government has assured Western powers that the Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act No 48 of 1979 would be repealed with a new law in line with UN approved standards.

The HRCSL spokesperson said the latest directives had been issued after having taken into consideration instructions regarding arrest and detention issued during the administrations of Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga and Mahinda Rajapaksa as well as HRCSL chairperson Dr Deepika Udagama, called binding international human rights law standards.

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