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HRCSL Issues Guidelines on Application of Hate Speech Law (s.3 of ICCPR Act)

Image: Writer Shasthika Sathkumara was arrested and kept in detention for more than 100 days for writing a short story. Case against him is pending. 

Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission has issued guidelines on application of Hate Speech Law (s.3 of ICCPR Act) in a letter addressed to the Acting IGP, Sri Lanka.

The HRCSL says that “the section 3 of the ICCPR act is an important legal tool in combating hate speech and hate speech has become a common phenomenon in the country targeting various groups. However commission observes that enforcement of the section 3 of the ICCPR Act has not been done in a consistent and even handed manner and sees the grater clarity on the legal scope of the offence recongnised by the said provision.”

See the set of guide lines as a PDF here:HRCSL-letter-to-Acting-Inspector-General-of-Police



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