The government has proposed several amendments to the Prevention of Terrorism Act.
The Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Amendment Bill has already been gazetted.
The Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Amendment Bill has been gazetted with the intention of aligning the Prevention of Terrorism Act with international standards.
According to the proposed amendments, a suspect detained under the PTA can file a petition before the Supreme Court under provisions relating to human rights violations.
One clause includes the principal enactment to enable an Attorney-at-Law to have access to a person in remand or in detention, and also to enable the person so remanded or detained to communicate with his relatives.
The amendments also proposes reducing the aggregate period of detention of a person under a detention order from 18 months to 12 months.
Meanwhile, a Magistrate who visits any place of detention, can personally see a suspect, and look into his wellbeing, welfare and conditions under which he is kept at such place of detention and record his observations and any complaint the suspect may make.
It has also been proposed that if a Magistrate is of the opinion, that the suspect may have been subjected to torture, he or she may direct the suspect to be produced before a Judicial Medical Officer for medical examination, and a report be submitted by such Judicial Medical Officer to the Magistrate.