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Muslim commiunity

  • SLMC wants full powers for PCS

    Amid India calling for power devolution based on the 13th Amendment, the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC), a government ally, had at its meeting with the visiting Indian delegation last week stressed the need to abolish the Concurrent List of the 13th Amendment and the embedded powers fully devolved to the provinces. The SLMC said […]

  • Sri Lankan govt asks trustees to relocate mosque after 60 years

    Sri Lanka’s government has advised the trustees of a 60-year-old Muslim mosque north of the capital to relocate the structure after angry protests by Buddhist monks. Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne reacted after demonstrations by monks and their followers on Friday triggered tension in the pilgrim town of Dambulla.“The prime minister as minister of Buddhist and […]

  • Sri Lanka to demolish mosque after monks’ protest

    Sri Lankan officials have decided to demolish a mosque and a Hindu temple under pressure from Buddhist monks who demanded their removal from a Buddhist sacred area.Ruling party lawmaker Lakshman Perera said Monday that the places of worship and other buildings will be relocated to sites outside the designated sacred zone within six months. Thousands […]

  • Sri Lanka to demolish mosque after monks’ protest

    Sri Lankan officials have decided to demolish a mosque and a Hindu temple under pressure from Buddhist monks who demanded their removal from a Buddhist sacred area.Ruling party lawmaker Lakshman Perera said Monday that the places of worship and other buildings will be relocated to sites outside the designated sacred zone within six months. Thousands […]

  • Muslims decry radical Buddhist mosque attack

    The main umbrella group of Sri Lankan Muslims says radical Buddhists are trying to damage peaceful co-existence between the country’s main ethnic communities.  The statement came three days after hardline Buddhists tried to storm a mosque, after which the government said it would be demolished and relocated. Buddhists in the central town of Dambulla have […]

  • Sri Lanka orders mosque move after Buddhist protest

    The Sri Lankan government ordered a mosque relocated on Sunday after Buddhist monks said the 50-year-old structure had been built illegally in an area sacred to Buddhists and threatened to demolish it.The monks in the island nation’s central town of Dambulla protested against the mosque on Friday, stopping the Islamic prayers, and threatened violence if […]

  • Dambulla mosque to be relocated

    A decision was made to relocate the mosque in Dambulla following discussions with several Muslim political and religious leaders, Media Secretary to the Prime Minister’s office, Sisira Wijesinghe told Ceylon Today Online.“Following discussions with several Muslim political figures in Gampola this morning including Senior Minister A.H.M. Fowzie, Parliamentarian M.L.A.M. Hezbullah, Western Province Governor Alavi Mowlana, […]

  • Government consistently attempting to dilute 13th Amendment – SLMC

     Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) that has been in the forefront of opposing the amendment to the Town and Country Planning Ordinance has decided last week that all matters which deal with the powers of provincial councils should be decided at the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC).SLMC MP Hassan Ali told LAKBIMAnEWS that the amendments which […]

  • Statement on Reconciliation by Muslim Civil Society Individuals

    “However, on the ground specific problems that hamper the transition from war to a sustainable and meaningful peace are left unaddressed. In particular, the challenge of reconciliation remains. Our failure to act now will result in all communities losing a historic opportunity to address the conflict and its impact.” Sri Lanka today faces a range of […]

  • Practical steps to meaningful reconciliation

    17th February 2012, Colombo, Sri Lanka: Several valuable recommendations are contained in the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission’s (LLRC) Report and they are all the more compelling because they have issued from a Presidential Commission. In pursuance of this, we the undersigned call upon the government of Sri Lanka, in consultation with the Tamil National […]

  • Pro Rajapaksa gang abducts, threatens Kaaththaankudi civil activist

    A.C.M. Asam, a member of the Kaaththaankudi Good Governance People Movement was abducted last Friday by an armed men who came in motorbikes when he was returning home after seeing his ailing mother in the Batticaloa Teaching Hospital. Mr. Asam was later released after four hours, according to M.M.Abdur Rahuman, Soora council member of the […]

  • SLMC wants SE PC if North gets 13-A Plus

    The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) yesterday renewed its call for a South-Eastern Provincial Council (PC) in the event of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) winning its demand for a PC with additional powers or 13-A Plus.General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, T. M. Hassen Ali MP yesterday told The Island that there […]

  • Police want court ruling against media protest

    Court ruling on Black January protest on 25th  Fort Magistrate Kanishka Wijeratne today decided that the ruling of the petition against the Black January protest will be handed 0 January  25th.  The Black January protest is scheduled to be held in front of Colombo Fort Railway Station on the same day.Organised by Sri Lanka’s Alliance […]

  • LTTE Human Right Violations and War Crimes against North East Muslims, Before the Ceasefire Agreement of 22nd February 2002

     (M.I.M. Mohideen)With the increased activities of the Tamil militants in the early part of 1985, the animosity and resentment of the Tamils towards the North East Muslims took a more acrimonious turn. Consequent to it, numerous incidents of extortions of money, robbing jewellry and other valuables at gun point, and threat to co-operate with the […]

  • LLRC Report & Resettlement of Northern Muslims

    Dr Rifai Recently chairman of the lesson learnt and reconciliation commission C. R.De Silva and his team published their report recommending many reconciliation steps to build a peaceful communal relationship between different communities in Srilanka. Some daily news papers have already begun to publish this report in series so that public will know what is […]

  • SIS alerted on armed groups in East

    Western Province Governor Alavi Moulana is to meet President Mahinda Rajapaksa to brief him on the threat posed to Eastern Province Suffi Muslims by armed groups, funded by Jihadi militants.  Governor Moulana told Ceylon Today the Muslim armed groups operating in the East are systematically wiping out traditional Suffi Muslims in the area. He said the […]

  • Govt-TNA talks: Where are the Muslim politicians?

    Latheef Farook Where are the Muslim parliamentarians and what about the burning issues facing the Muslim community? This is the question raised in many Muslim circles following reports of talks between the government and the Tamil National Alliance aimed at solving the problems of Tamils. However, Muslim politicians, it appears, have not even woken up […]

  • Some observations on the Final Report of the Commission on the Expulsion of Muslims from the Northern Province by the LTTE in October 1990

    This report provides what will be the definitive account of the story of the Northern Muslims following on their expulsion from the Northern Province by the LTTE in October 1990. Faithful throughout to the narrative of the affected, and respectful in its well- nuanced references to earlier writings- Hasbullah, Thiranagama and others- its approach earns […]

  • Muslim Congress demands and Islamisation in Sri Lanka

    An Interview with Dr.ARM Imthiyaz by Melani Manel Perera “The ruling regime can solve the problems that afflict Muslims in north-eastern Sri Lanka, but is doing nothing,” said A. R. M. Itmtiyaz, associated professor in the Department of Political Science in Temple University, Philadelphia, United States,as he spoke about protests by the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress […]

  • Our consciences and the defence of the rule of law

    ”Now, with the current nationalist resurgence, are we going to witness another spate of attacks on places of worship of the religious minorities? A website reported this week of the destruction of a Muslim place of worship in Anuradhapura claiming that the mosque was built on the site where the ashes of Dutugemunu were interred. […]

  • Sri Lanka Buddhist monks destroy Muslim shrine

    Charles HavilandThe demolition has been denounced by both Muslims and Sinhalese. A group of Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka led a crowd that demolished a Muslim shrine last week, the BBC has learned. This incident took place on Saturday in Anuradhapura, an ancient Buddhist city and Unesco world heritage site. The monk who led the […]

  • CPA survey shows remarkable congruity between Sinhalese and Tamils on key issues

    ”Significantly, the statistics show a remarkable degree of congruence between Sinhalese and Tamils on key issues, and a surprisingly positive opinion being held by a fairly large percentage of Tamils on the most contentious and polarising issues. ” Dayan Jayatilleka“Seek truth from facts” (Deng Xiaoping) There is an extensive survey of public opinion, the results […]

  • Context demands Tamil-Muslim solidarity

    “Muslims may not be a community distinct from the Tamils, but they have some special problems pertaining to their security. […] Tamil support for Muslim security and peace could open a new chapter in Tamil-Muslim relations,” says an article by A.R.M. Imtiyaz and S.R.H. Hoole,appeared in Routledge-published July issue of Journal of South Asian studies. […]

  • Sri Lanka mosques exonerate ‘pornography girls’

    By Swaminathan Natarajan /BBC Tamil Mosques in the eastern Sri Lankan town of Kattankudi have made public announcements exonerating two teenage girls accused of watching pornography. The loudspeaker announcements were made following a court order.A group of men allegedly beat up the 17-year-olds last week after they came out of an internet cafe in Kattankudi, […]

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