The Politics of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA)

and PTA Reform

Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justiceby Alan Keenan, Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace & Justice, March 2022

Politics of PTA and PTA Reform Mar 2022 Keenan PDF

Why does Sri Lanka’s Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) matter? What do we know about how
the current Sri Lankan government is using the PTA as a tool to maintain its hold on power? In
this short article, I examine the political, rather than the legal, aspects of the PTA, and attempt to
situate the struggle to repeal the PTA as an essential part of a broader defence – carried out by
domestic and international actors alike – of democracy and inter-religious coexistence in Sri


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