Island-wide signature campaign calling for the repeal of the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) to Commence from Kankesanthurai in the North to Hambantota in the South


(Text of Press Release Issued on Behalf of the Ilankai Thamilarasu Katchi (ITAK)Youth Front, Justice for All and the Alliance of Trade Union & Mass organisations)

An island-wide signature campaign has been launched calling for the repeal of the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) brought in 1979 as a temporary provisions Act for six months but continues to be in operation for over 40years.

During this period, we have witnessed its use to crush dissent against the government of the day. As it has been done consistently in the past, it continues even today. Especially, this particular act is being used to oppress the peaceful protestors of the Galle face “Aragalaya”

This country-wide mobile Signature campaign from Kankesanthurai to Hambanthota will begin tomorrow (10/09/2022) from Mavittapuram, Kanthaswami Kovil, at 9.00 am. This is to urge the government to honour its promise to repeal the PTA.

We humbly invite everyone to join us tomorrow at this launch and sign the Petition calling for the repeal of the PTA,

K. Seyon – Ilankai Thamilarasu Katchi Youth Front

M. A. Sumanthiran – Justice for All

Joseph Stalin – Alliance of Trade Union & Mass organisations