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Government agrees to change PTA

The Government has informed the European Commission that Sri Lanka agrees to reconsider the Prevention of Terrorism Act and to make it in accordance with international law.

The foreign ministry has said that the changes will be made during a joint meeting between the European Commission and the Sri Lankan government in the first quarter of 2022. The government gave this assurance at the Fifth Working Group on Governance, the Rule of Law and Human Rights held in Colombo on September 29. The Government has pledged to the European Commission to implement good governance, protect human rights and uphold the rule of law. There has also been an exchange of experiences between countries regarding how countries have reacted to the COVID-19 epidemic. European delegates have raised the issue of minority rights and hate speech in Sri Lanka, and the government has stated that Sri Lanka is a multinational country and that the equal rights of all communities are protected by the Constitution.

The joint discussion was chaired by Manisha Gunasekara, Director of European Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ionis Giorakis Agiropoulos, Head of South Asia for the European Foreign Action Agency.


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