EU Delegation questions use of PTA to detain activists

August 22, 2022 at 1:19 PM

The Delegation of the European Union to Sri Lanka has raised concerns about the use of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) with regard to the arrests of several activists. 

The EU Delegation said it is concerned about reports on the use of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) in recent arrests.

“We refer to the information given by the Government of Sri Lanka to the International Community about the de-facto moratorium on the use of the PTA,” it added.

The EU’s statement comes after several activists have been arrested, with some being detained under the PTA.

Earlier, Convener of the Inter-University Student’s Federation (IUSF) Wasantha Mudalige, Hashan Jeewantha, and Ven. Galwewa Siridamma Thera were arrested following a protest march held in Colombo on the 18th of August.

Following the arrest, the Police said the Police teams investigating acts of violence during public protests on 9th May and following days have observed that IUSF convener Wasantha Mudalige’s actions may have a link to those incidents.

They further said the IGP has instructed the Police teams to investigate if there is any link between the 3 detained individuals to any acts of Terrorism. (NewsWire)