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Diaspora ban worsens climate for journalists, NGOs and others working with Tamil groups, says Amnesty

Amnesty International’s representative to the United Nations in Geneva, Peter Splinter, stressed that Sri Lanka’s latest legislation to ban several diaspora organisations, would worsen the climate for NGO staff, journalists and others interacting with Tamil groups.

Expressing concern over the likely use of the Sri Lankan Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), to enforce the new legislation, Mr. Splinter said to CNN,

“The consequence of that is that anyone dealing with those organisations will be subject to accusations of cooperating with terrorism—that brings them within the parameters of a rather draconian piece of legislation, the Prevention of Terrorism Act.”

Splinter further outlined that there had been a heavy crack down on activists and civil society figures using the PTA, in what appeared to be a calculated move to discourage potential witnesses potential witness from cooperating with the United Nations inquiry.

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