JVP MP Rathnayake, requesting urgent action from the Prime Minister, wanted the Government to increase the awareness on the provisions of the ICCPR among policemen.
Citing several instances when the Police have allegedly misused the provisions of the ICCPR Act, MP Rathnayake said: “On one such occasion, a writer was remanded for a long period of time. Then a woman was remanded for months, concerning a dress she was wearing. Recently, there was a similar case in Trincomalee, where a woman was detained over a saree she was wearing. I would like to point out to the Prime Minister the necessity of raising awareness on the ICCPR Act.”
“ICCPR Act was brought forward to counter extremism. However, now it is pushing people towards extremism. This should be dealt with,” he added.