Sri Lanka uses UN resolution for the detention of activists under PTA

The Sri Lanka Police have cited the UN Security Council Resolution 1566 of Oct 2004 as relevant in the use of Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) to investigate the Convener of the Inter-University Students Federation (IUSF) Wasantha Mudalige and two others.

The Police highlighted the relevancy of the definition made by the United Nations Security Council in its resolution 1566 of October 2004 to these investigations.

This definition elaborates that the terrorists’ acts are ‘criminal acts including against civilians, committed with the intent to cause death or serious bodily injury, or taking of hostages with the purpose to provoke a state of terror in the general public or in a group of persons or particular persons, intimidate a population or compel a government or an international organization to do or to abstain from doing any act’.

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