Powerful countries that had demanded a relaxation of Sri Lanka’s anti terrorism laws are now tightening their own with far more serious laws, says justice minister Wijedasa Rajapaksa.
Therefore, revising the Prevention of Terrorism Act cannot be done overnight, he told the media today (29).
The act is presently being studied, but it will not be changed for now, he said.
Rajapakshe went onto say Sri Lanka and international organizations had an understanding the PTA should change, but that did not mean a repealing of the act.
He made the remarks in response to a report released by a UN special representative with regard to Sri Lanka’s judiciary.
Human trafficking prevention
The minister also said Sri Lanka’s efforts to prevent human trafficking have come in for praise.
The country has been upgraded in a US State Department categorization, he said.