SL Government Failed to Fulfill Its Pledge: Human Rights Watch
Human Rights watch said in report released today that, the Sri Lankan Government has failed to fulfill its pledge to abolish the abusive Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). For decades, the PTA has been used to arbitrarily detain suspects for months and often years without charge or trial, facilitating torture, and other abuse, it said.
The Asian director of Human Rights Watch, Brad Adams said “The Sri Lankan government has been all talk and no action on repealing the reviled PTA”. “Replacing this draconian counterterrorism law with one that meets international standards should be an urgent priority if the government is serious about protecting human rights”, he further said.
The 46-page report, “Locked up without Evidence: Abuses under Sri Lanka’s Prevention of Terrorism Act,” documents previous and ongoing abuses committed under the PTA, including torture and sexual abuse, forced confessions, and systematic denials of due process.