Reforming Anti-Terrorism Laws of Sri Lanka: A Critical Analysis
Key provisions of laws that are designed to prevent terrorism in Sri Lanka are not in line with human rights norms and standards. These laws often give priority to national security of state over individual liberty. The international community has suggested that the terrorism prevention laws of Sri Lanka need be reformed in line with ‘contemporary international best practices’. Terrorism prevention measures are often introduced and implemented, giving priority to national security against individual liberties. These practices have sometimes led to violation of basic human rights of individuals. Recent use of Anti-terrorism laws in Sri Lanka to suppress protests and freedom of expression gives rise to strong demands that these laws have to be reformed, to fall in line with international standards.
Keywords - Prevention of Terrorism, Human Rights, Legal Reforms, Sri Lanka.