Apr 29, 2019

A National Security Act needed urgently - Rohan

Sri Lanka has the ability to suppress the IS in Sri Lanka, said International Terrorism Analyst Professor Rohan Guneratne.

He said that it is important to pass a national security bill in parliament soon. According to the Professor, Mohammed Saharan, who is suspected to have led the Easter Sunday bombing was known for intelligence services since 2010 and was unable to arrest him, since he was not involved in murder or crime. But he engaged in disparaging other faiths.

However, a National Security Act allows to create legislation to deal with insulting other religions. Prof. Rohan Gunarathne points out that passage of such act would not create people like Saharan.

Sri Lanka is strong to suppress terrorism. But Sri Lanka is not strong enough to encounter radical religious people and rehabilitate them, Rohan says. He added that a law should be established to arrest such persons.

Rohan Gunarathne is also requesting the Muslim community to work with the Government of Sri Lanka to curtail radical organizations.

Prof. Rohan Gunaratne points out that the Islamic religious ideology coming from the Middle East is not suitable for Sri Lanka as Sri Lankan Islam has its own identity. He added that it is necessary to take precautionary measures to detriment radical ideologies and punish illegal foreign preachers.

Prof. Rohan Gunaratne is an expert in international terrorism. He is the Head of the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research (ICPVTR), of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He has written a number of books on IS terrorism and his latest work "THREE PILLARS OF RADICALIZATION" will be published in the near future.