Cabinet approves drafting new laws on rights of detainees

Cabinet has approved a proposal to draft new laws which secures the rights of detainees, Government spokesman and Media Minister Gayantha Karunatillake said today.

A bill to provide provisions for securing the rights of detainees was drafted in 2016 but it was not tabled in Parliament after some opposition was raised to it.

A new committee was appointed with representatives of Sri Lanka Bar Association and Attorney Generals Department to prepare a more acceptable draft.

Karunatillake said that a proposal made Minister of Justice Wijayadasa Rajapaksa to instruct the Legal Draftsman to draft legislations on securing the rights of detainees and to publish it in the gazette and subsequently to present it in Parliament for approval, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

Meanwhile, Karunatillake also said that a proposal made by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, to forward an amended policy and legal framework for the introduction of a new counter terrorism law to the observation of the Parliament Sectoral Oversight Committee on National Security and to initiate action to draft suitable legislation with regard to the National security of Sri Lanka, unity and territorial integrity, prevention of terrorism and procedure to be followed in terrorism related offences, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers. (Colombo Gazette)


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