Posted on 03.14.2019 by Chandana Sirimalwatte in Local News with 0 Comments
The Front Line Socialist Party has sent a letter to all MPs in parliament requesting to vote against the ‘Counter Terrorism Act’ presented to the parliament by the government.
The Front Line Socialist Party has condemned the introduction of a new counter-terrorism act, rather than abolishing cruel Prevention of Terrorism Act, which has been in use for more than four decades violating fundamental human rights of the society. The letter sent to all MPs signed by Duminda Nagamuwa who is the propaganda secretary of the FLSP.
The proposed act had obtained cabinet approval on the 11 of September 2018 and subjected to discussion at parliamentary sub Committees. FLSP also states that in a future parliamentary session the act will present to the parliament to decide on MPs votes. The letter sent to parliamentarians also explains that the propose act could interpret protests and mass demonstrations as terror acts and thereby impending danger of labelling worker organizations, farmers organizations and student bodies as terrorist organizations.
The act could even allow interpreting criticism against the government as terrorism. This could be the most heinous attempt in Sri Lanka legal history to suppress peoples’ rights. If MPs who elected by the ordinary citizens in this country allow the act to approve and legalise in parliament it will go against their will and rights and should be branded as traitors stated FLSP.
Letter further requested all parliamentarians to vote against the proposed act when it presented to the parliament.