South Asians for Human Rights

Promoting Democracy, Upholding Human Rights

Two years after the end of the war, it is not too ambitious on the part of the citizenry to expect some specific steps towards restoring normalcy in the country. An important step in this direction is the relaxation of emergency rule under which Sri Lanka was ruled for nearly three decades, a brief departure notwithstanding.

To date, Sri Lanka is governed under emergency regulations and the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). There appears general consensus that these laws, though extremely repressive in character, were necessary to combat the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Yet two years after the war and people looking forward to a normal existence, more and more are beginning to question the validity of the emergency rule that perpetuates a politically repressive culture and delays normalcy.

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