In response to the notice issued on 2nd May 2023 by the Ministry of Justice calling for submission of proposals on the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) by interested parties, the following document contains an initial comment reflecting key concerns that the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) has observed, and has continuously raised in the past.
Based on the breadth of the problematic provisions highlighted below – including the overbroad framing of the offence of terrorism, detention without charge with extended remand periods, excessive powers granted to the executive to the detriment of the judiciary, and increased militarization – CPA urges the government to withdraw the ATA.
To read the Full Submission in English click HERE
To read the Full Submission in Tamil click HERE
To read the Full Submission in Sinhala click HERE