Posted on 03.12.2019 by Chandana Sirimalwatte in Local News with 0 Comments
Youth for CHEnge states that if not oppose to the propose Counter Terrorism Act in future people will not be able to form a union or a civil organisation.
Act will empower the minister responsible for the Police department to treat taking part in a demonstration as a terrorist act. Lahiru Weerasekara, national committee member of YFC further said act would enable to name even family members of the demonstrators as terrorists.
Government is planning to privatise several sectors including education and health to satisfy IMF conditions imposed before drawing the next loan instalment. Counter Terrorism Act is expected to use to curb any protests against such privatisation moves.
YFC staged a demonstration on the 11th of March to protest against the propose act.
Lahiru Weerasekara further said that government has promised UNHRC (United Nations Human Rights Commission) to repeal the existing Prevention of Terrorism Act. Government’s plan is to introduce three new Acts to replace the existing one. They will be Counter Terrorism Act, Prevention of Organised Crimes Act and Necessary Services Continuation Act. Government’s plan is to counter political organisations using Prevention of Organised Crimes Act.
In the recent past organised political activities was a challenge to the government. While students and doctors organised against SITAM Railway workers and teachers fought for their rights. Intention of the government to introduce an act for Necessary Services is to facilitate background to counter such future moves by political parties and unions. Danger of the government’s move is started at the point of interpretation the propose act.