ANTI-TERROR LAWS AND DUE PROCESS

The State of Civil and Political Rights in Sri Lanka
30 December 2003

The Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) provides broad and loose definition of "terrorist acts" to include ordinary cases of murder, robbery, theft, etc. Terrorist acts are so broadly defined that any person who "without lawful authority erases, mutilates, defaces or otherwise interferes with any words, inscriptions, or lettering appearing on any board or other fixture on, upon or adjacent to, any highway, street, road or any other public place" can be arrested as a terrorist under Section 2(i) of the PTA. Therefore, even the hooligans or naughty adolescents could effectively be arrested as terrorists for "defacing" with any words, inscriptions, or lettering appearing on any board or other fixture on, upon or adjacent to, any highway, street, road or any other public place". Read more about the PTA of Sri Lanka from the report...... More

The Status of Children in India
9 October 2003

The highest numbers of detainees are not from Jammu and Kashmir, the central focus of India's war against terror. The majority of the detainees under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA), 2002 are from Jharkhand, the heartland of India's indigenous peoples, the Adivasis. The detainees include children as young as 12 and elderly as old as 81 years. Read more about the draonian features of the POTA and its misuse....... More

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