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Using outdated laws to prevent the displaying of posters Over two Dozens Arrested by Police: Even Obituary Notice banned.

Using outdated laws to prevent the displaying of posters Over two Dozens Arrested by Police: Even Obituary Notice banned.

2010 Dec 03

The Centre for Human Rights (CHR) - Sri Lanka has received information that 24 individuals have
been arrested in the last few months for pasting posters and stresses that using outdated sections of
the penal code to arrest and press charges against activists can be considered as an attack on the
freedom of expression.

There are no legal provisions preventing anyone from printing, distributing or pasting posters but in
the recent months many arrests were made under the outdated section 120 of the penal code that
deals with treason and unrelated sections of the National Thoroughfares Act and National
Environment Act.

Section 120 of the penal code, exciting or attempting to excite disaffection, is an outdated and
obsolete provision introduced to the country in the colonial period. This section was specially
introduced to safeguard the colonialist interests and does not befit a modern democratic society.
Under section 120 a person can be sentenced to two years in prison and it is absurd to send an
individual to two years in prison for pasting a poster.

This CHR report looks at how the legal provisions currently being used to prevent the pasting of
posters affects the democratic practices.

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