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Realizing Muslim Women’s Rights in Sri Lanka – When Is The Right Time? – Shreen Abdul Saroor

Image: Muslim women in Sri Lanka; Credit: Abdul-Halik Azeez. The Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA) which was enacted in 1951 has been perceived primarily as...

Another blatant attack on a Mosque in Sri Lanka

Image: Kohilawatte Mosque in Sedawatte after the  attack. Nishthat Idroos. Another attack, another blatant act of vandalism on a place of worship. Such attacks getting pretty regular...

Video:Sri Lanka is not just the story of Sinhalese or Tamils – UN SP Izsák-Ndiaye

Rita Izsák-Ndiaye at the side event (c)s.deshapriya. Ms. Rita Izsák-Ndiaye, the UN Special Rapporteur on minority issues speaking at a side event on 17th March...

Sri Lanka has the obligation to ensure equal rights and equal opportunities for Muslims

Image: Jensila Majeed speaking at a side event organised by IMADR at HRC 34 on Women and Minority Rights in Sri Lanka's TJ process....

‘Double talk’ of President Sirisena, a betrayal of the Muslim IDPs

Hilmi Ahamed.  President Maithripala Sirisena says that the Muslim IDPs have encroached and destroyed land belonging to the Wilpattu National Park (June 2015). President Sirisena says...

Muslims not discriminated against in Northern Province, says CV Wigneswaran

(Image cortesy of IRIN/Amantha Perera) By P K Balachandran. COLOMBO: The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province, C.V.Wigneswaran, has refuted an allegation made by...

Sri Lanka: The strictest action must be taken without delay to stop hate speech – CBK

Issuing a statement as  the Chairperson, Office for National Unity and Reconciliation, Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga  says that The strictest action must be taken without...

Radical Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka: More equal than others

Image: BBS General Secretary Galagoda aththe Gnansara at the Sugathadasa Stadium during a rally to welcome Myanmar's hardline 969 monk Ashin Wirathu. Radical Buddhist monks...

Call for solidarity with the activists who have stood up for women’s rights & against discrimination

Image: Group of Muslim female students visiting Galle Fort,July 2016(c)s.deshhapriya Statement: Let’s come together to support our sisters who have raised their voice for women’s...

High Percentage of Sri Lankan Muslim Families Marry Off Girls Before Statutory Age of Marriage

Image: A Sri Lankan Muslim girl of Puttalam. Courtesy of  Chulie de Silva. By PK Balachandran . A Sri Lankan Muslim girl of Puttalam. (Photo |...

Peace Fails to Bring Prosperity in Eastern Sri Lanka

Image:Worshippers pray inside the Meera Mosque in Katankuddi, in front of the bullet-riddled wall dating back to an attack that killed over 100 people...

Military Doing Politics, says Chief Minister Nazeer Ahamed

( CM Nazeer Ahamed; Ceylon News Image) The letter sent by the Chief Minister of the Eastern Province to the president Sirisena and PM Wickremasinghe: Sampur...

Sri Lanka: Full Report of the Special Rapporteur of HRCSL (2006) on Conflict Related Human Rights Violations

(Grenade attack on  Jumma Mosque at Akkaraipattu On 18th November 2005 one of the issues investigated) I. Introduction There was an escalation in violence in...

Muslims Reject Outright Call for a Muslim Province – Latheef Farook

“Dismissed with outright contempt”. This was the common response of Muslims all over to Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Chairman Basheer Segu Dawood’s demand for...

Non-stop Attempts to Use Ethnic Nationalism as a Political Strategy – Jehan Perera

The participation of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, former President Chandrika Kumaratunga and visiting British Minister Hugo Swire at the Thai Pongal celebration in Jaffna...

SLMC’s Model of Devolution for Muslims

The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) will submit a proposal to the Constitutional Assembly for a unit of devolution for the Muslims of the...

Words “Sinhala Blood” Written on Gates of Muslim Residences in Colombo

On the night of 2nd January 2016 the words " Sinha Le" ( Sinhala Blood) has been written on the gates of Muslim houses...

Minister Rishard Lodges Police Complaint Against National Sanga Council

Industry and Commerce Minister Rishad Bathiudeen lodged a complaint at Cinnamon Garden Police on Saturday against the National Sanga Council for making false accusations...

BBS is Trying to Whip up Anti-Muslim Sentiments in the wake of Paris Attacks

Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Ven. Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera is trying to whip up anti-Muslim sentiments in the country, predicting that Sri Lanka...

Muslims Will be an Integral Part of the Truth, Justice, Reparations and Non-recurrence Process – Minister Samaraweera

Muslims will be an integral part of the truth, justice, reparations and non-recurrence process and  Muslims’ grievances and concerns will be a part of...

Remembering Eviction of Northern Muslims – Friday Forum

( Muslim IDPs in Puttalam - Al Jazeera) On the 30th of October 1990 the entire Muslim population of close to 75,000 people living in...

Deal With Muslim Expulsion Also Through Geneva Process – NPC

The 25th year of the mass expulsion of Muslim people resident in the north by the LTTE falls this October.  The eviction of the...

The Other Oppressed Minority – Ahilan Kadirgamar

25 years since the eviction of 75,000 Muslims by the Tamil Tigers from Sri Lanka’s North, the livelihood concerns of this marginalised section remain...

Sabiya Mahal (from an Muslim IDP’s Diary – 22nd August 2003) – Shreen Saroor

I am worried and mad at my Mum. Why is she doing this? Is she insane or greedy? But she says it is foolish...

We Must Promote Peace – Rishad Bathiudeen

 The All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) led by Minister Rishad Bathiudeen, which is now a part of the UNP led alliance, has decided to...

Sri Lanka Muslims condemn ISIS

All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU) together with other Muslim organisations yesterday strongly condemned those backing the ISIS or any other extremist organisation. "We do not...

Sri Lanka’s Ex-leader Mahinda Ditches Muslims

ECONOMYNEXT - Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa who is opposition United People's Freedom Alliance in Kurunegala has dropped minority Tamils and Muslims from his list...

SLMC to Contest Under UNP Ticket

(Rauf Hakeem announcing the decision) The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) has decided to contest on the UNP ticket at the upcoming general election, SLMC...

No to 20A in Present Form; Minority Parties Adamant

(Leaders and representatives of at least 18 minor political parties meeting at the SLMC Head Quarters “Darussalam” on Sunday night. ) Fear minorities will be...

Electoral Reform and Political Outcomes – Sunil Bastian

Sri Lanka is once again talking of electoral reform. After experimenting with two types of electoral systems – first-past-the-post (FPP) and proportional representation (PR),...
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