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Cabinet decides to Stop ‘hate speech’

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A Cabinet decision has been taken to draft revisions to the Penal Code to stop the spread of hate speech and other related issues which cause communal disharmony among citizens. Cabinet Spokesman Rajitha Senaratne told the media on Friday that the proposal was made by Minister of Justice, Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe requesting the legal draughtsman to draft revisions to stop spreading ‘hate speech.’

“This task will also be done within the new government’s 100 days program and we hope to bring the proposal to the Parliament as soon as possible,” said Minister Senaratne. He further mentioned that the government hopes to bring in stringent laws regarding the subject. Once it’s incorporated to the Penal Code, citizens will be charged under the Act if found guilty of spreading disharmony in society.

The decision to draft revisions to stop religious disharmony among the citizens was taken after the findings of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) were revealed which read that armed struggles and problems that led to such issues have contributed to religious tensions.

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