THE Opposition Leader wants the total repeal of the Sedition Act, by way of fresh legislation, a statement from her office stated on Wednesday.
Kamla Persad-Bissessar has notified the Clerk of the House of her aim to pilot a Private Member’s Bill, the Sedition Repeal Bill 2019. She wants to introduce the Bill under Standing Order 60 of the House so as to repeal the Act. Recently under the Act, the police charged THA minority leader Watson Duke for his choice of words in urging citizens to defy job retrenchment.
The Opposition statement said the Act, dating from 1920, is inimical to the tenets of a modern constitutional democracy. “Today, nearly a century after it was enacted, this law has no place in a free and democratic country, and therefore, it should be repealed and completely removed off the statute books. Freedom of speech and expression are enshrined and protected rights in our democracy,” she said in the release.