Sri Lanka announces draconian anti-terror law, bans face-veils

Sri Lanka on Saturday announced a controversial anti-terror law to deal with religious extremism and gave itself sweeping powers to detain suspects for up to two years for “deradicalisation”. Separately, the government also said it will soon outlaw the face-veil, or burqa, formalising a temporary ban imposed in April 2019 after deadly bomb attacks blamed on local extremists. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa promulgated regulations allowing the detention of anyone suspected of causing “acts of violence or religious, racial or communal disharmony or feelings of ill will or hostility between differen…

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