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* Sri Lanka to revise Penal Code to punish Hate Speech
Sat, Apr 4, 2015, 12:16 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 04, Colombo: The new government of Sri Lanka plans to revise the Penal Code to make the hate speech, a punishable offence, Cabinet Spokesman Minster Rajitha Senaratne said Friday.

According to the Minister, the hate speech will be a crime punishable with a two -year prison term.

The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), which was appointed to look back at the armed struggle Sri Lanka underwent has made observations of incidents that have contributed to communal disharmony since 'hate speech' and literature relating to ethnicity and religion exacerbate ethnic and religious tensions.

Hence, The Cabinet of Ministers approved a proposal made by the Minister of Justice and Labor Relations Wijedasa Rajapakshe to request the Legal Draftsman to draft revisions to the Penal Code to include deterrent laws and to strictly enforce such laws.

The cabinet has given also approval to publish the draft sent by the Legal Draftsman for publication in the government gazette and present the same in Parliament for approval and enactment.


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