The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) has informed the IGP, in writing, to submit to them evidence justifying the use of the contents in the PTA against those who cannot be categorically identified as terrorists.
The HRCSL has officially informed the IGP that if the Police intend to use the Provisions contained in PTA against any citizen, then the Police Department is bound by law to reveal evidence to that effect. The head of the HRCSL, retired Supreme Court Justice Rohini Marasinghe and member Anusiya Shammuganathan have informed the IGP that those who could be identified as terrorists are only those who had violated Section 2 of the Provisions of the PTA.
Hence the HRCSL has stressed that enforcing the PTA against any citizen as the Police deem fit cannot be condoned as it violates the fundamental Rights of the public.
By Amith Gamage