Practice Relating to Rule 99. Deprivation of Liberty
Section C. Prompt information on the reasons for deprivation of liberty
Sri Lanka’s Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act (1979), as amended to 1988, states:
Any person in respect of whom any detention order or restriction order has been made shall be informed of the unlawful activity in connexion with which such order has been made and such person or any other person on his behalf may make representations to the Advisory Board.
In 1997, in a statement issued to the heads of the armed forces and the police force, the President of Sri Lanka directed:
3. At or about the time of the arrest or if it is not possible in the circumstances, immediately thereafter as circumstances permit:
(ii) every person arrested or detained shall be informed of the reason for the arrest.
In 2009, in its combined third and fourth periodic reports to the Committee against Torture, Sri Lanka stated:
The … [Directions Issued by the President Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and Minister of Defence on 7 July 2006] also [take] measures to regulate arrests:
(a) … [They require] the person making the arrest to … inform the reason for the arrest.