CPA Comms Officer on 27 February, 2024

Written Submissions filed by CPA against the Anti Terrorism Bill in Supreme Court

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On 18th of January 2024, The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) and its Executive Director, Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu filed a Petition in the Supreme Court challenging the proposed Anti Terrorism Bill that was tabled to the Parliament on 10th January 2024. A Brief overview of the Petition filed on behalf of CPA and its Executive Director is available here

CPA and its Director, Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu submitted that that the Anti – Terrorism Bill is inconsistent with Articles 3, 4, 11, 12(1) and 13(2), 13(4), 13(5), 14(1)(a) –(i), 30(1) and 76(3) Constitution of Sri Lanka and thus cannot be enacted into law, except if approved by the People at a Referendum in addition to a two-thirds vote of the whole number of the Members of Parliament.

The written submissions filed by CPA and its Executive Director can be viewed here.

The annexe to these written submissions filed by CPA on the Anti Terrorism Bill’s clauses on Police Powers and Duties can be viewed here.