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OIC-IPHRC expressed deep concerns over reports of forced cremation of bodies of Muslims in Sri Lanka

Image: File photo of Covid burials in Indonesia. (www.usnews.com) OIC-IPHRC expressed deep concerns over reports of forced cremation of bodies of Muslims who died due...

HRC 44: Rights Commissioner expresses her concerns over Muslims in Sri Lanka targeted with stigma and hate speech during pandemic.

Image: a screenshot from the video of the High Commissioner's opening remarks at HRC 44. Making  her opening remarks at the ongoing 44th session of...

Sri Lanka: Archaeological Task Force to shrink space for Muslims – Dr. Ameer Ali

Image: A Presidential Task Force appointed for Archaeological Heritage Management in the Eastern Province, and focusing on Pottuvil in Ampara District, has more to...

The appointment of two presidential Task Forces demonstrates trends of authoritarian rule and militarization in Sri Lanka – CPA

5th June 2020, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is deeply concerned with the appointment this week of two Presidential Task...

Sri Lanka: 20 Muslim groups call on Health Minister to rescind Gazette on mandatory cremation

Image courtesy of Al Jazeera. A group of 20 Muslim associations have written to Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchchi expressing serious concern on the continuation of...

The ordeal a Sri Lankan Muslim family had to face in times of Corona- Ali Zahir Moulana

The tragic circumstances and horrific treatment of the family of the deceased from Modara, who was misdiagnosed for COVID19, and thereafter cremated is...

Rishad writes to the president: “The Muslims are greatly traumatized and worried about the fate of our sick.”

Leader of the All Ceylon Makkal Congress and former Minister Rishad Bathiudeen has  requested the president Rajapaksa to allow Sri Lanka Muslims to honour...

Sri Lanka: Due Process Concerns in Arrests of Muslims; Government Critic, Lawyer Detained.

Sri Lankan police officers patrol a Muslim neighborhood after the Easter Sunday bombings, Colombo, April 26, 2019.(Image courtesy of HRW/© 2019 AP Photo) (New York)...

Group of Muslim organisations urges IGP to probe hate mongering campaign against their community

A group of Muslim organizations has requested Acting IGP Chandana Wickramaratne to inquire into an alleged campaign against the Muslim community. The following is...

Civil Society statement: Disposal of bodies of deceased persons who were infected with and suspected of being infected with COVID-19

Image: None of Ismail's household could attend the funeral. He was buried at Kemnal Park Cemetery in Chislehurst, south east London.  ( photo courtesy...

A statement in response to the Bills proposed affecting Muslim Marriage Law in Sri Lanka – MPLRAG

We are deeply disappointed that a Bill to repeal the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act of 1951 (MMDA) has been tabled in Parliament by MP Ven....

Sri Lanka: Mahinda Rajapaksa issues a statement targeting 19 A, Tamil & Muslim parties and Rule of Law

In the wake of his younger brother Gotabaya Rajapaksa's victory in the presidential election 2019, former strong man Mahinda Rajapaksa issued a statement on...

Political Buddhism, presidential race and minorities in Sri Lanka – Dr. Ameer Ali

Image: Presidential Election meeting in Jaffna ( Lanka Truth photo) Although the origins of political Buddhism in Sri Lanka goes back to the 19th century,...

Refusal to represent Muslim community by members of the Bar Association in Sri Lanka; HRCSL responds to BASL

File photo: Sri Lanka Muslims in Kathankudy, Eastern province. © Sunanda Deshapriya " Positive action by BASL in this regard would have sent a salutary message...

Sri Lanka: Simmering ethno-religious tensions must not be ignored, says UN rights expert

UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré, Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief Ahmed Shaheed. GENEVA / COLOMBO (26 August 2019) – Simmering ethno-religious tensions in Sri Lanka...

EU expresses its concerns on political and religious pressure being directed at Sri Lanka’s Muslim community

Image: A shop owner in Minuwangoda, Sri Lanka after his shop was set on fire by Sinhalese mobs. Colombo, 12 June 2019 (The Delegation of...

The HRCSL writes to the Bar Association of Sri Lanka regarding discriminatory practices of the Bar

Mr. Kalinga Indatissa P.C, President Bar Association of Sri Lanka,   Dear Mr. lndatissa, It has been brought to our Commission's attention that members of certain regional Bar...

The man who might have stopped Sri Lanka’s Easter bombings

When bombs planted in churches and hotels killed more than 200 people in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, few had realised that the nation...

Mobs attack mosques, Muslim-owned shops and homes in Sri Lanka’s Kurunegala District

Abbraar Masjid mosque is seen after a mob attack in Kiniyama, Sri Lanka May 13, 2019.   | Photo Credit: Reuters. Meera Srinivasan. Police impose island-wide curfew...

Sri Lanka: Fight terrorism, avoid Islamaphobia – Jayadeva Uyangoda

Islamaphobia was a recent addition to the political dictionary. Sri Lankan, it appears has at present been caught up in an Islamist/Muslim phobia which...

Sri Lanka: Minority Alienation – Analysis

The Easter Sunday carnage in which more than 250, mostly Christians, were killed is the most violent terrorist act in Sri Lanka since the...

Sri Lanka: declaration of Muslim organisations related to recent incidents

Jan 30, 2019.  The plurality of religions is a reality of the human experience. All religions acknowledge this fact undeniably. No religion encourages blasphemous or...

Sri Lanka: Political Ifthars and Rajapaksa hunt for Muslim vote

The Rajapaksas, who ruled the roost in the country some three years ago are seen now luring the Muslims, especially by appearing at Ifthar...

Sri Lanka: A Buddhist Monastery prevents non-Buddhists from cooking meals for Monks as they cause “Infertility”

Mahamewna Buddhist Monastery has issued a statement to its devotees urging not to allow people from other religious and racial communities to cook meals...

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation calls upon Government to take immediate action to protect Muslims in Sri Lanka

Image: OIC Secretary General Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen. Date: 07/03/2018. The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), expresses serious concern at the repeated incidents of violence by extremist mobs...

Sri Lanka: Spate of violence against Muslim community – Watchdog update

by Watch Dog. MAR 7, 2018 — On March 6th, 2018, despite a State of Emergency and curfew being declared, there were several reports of...

Violence continues in Sri Lanka despite emergency decree

Image: Muslims make up 10 percent of Sri Lanka's population of 21 million . A shop and a mosque attacked in Sri Lanka as communal violence...

Take swift action to prevent further violence & arrest and prosecute hate mongers – CPA

Image: Military in Digana after 27 Muslim owned shops were set on fire by Sinhalese mobs. CPA Calls Authorities to Take Swift Action to Prevent...

Sri Lanka anti- Muslim riots: Update on Kandy and related incidents as at 06th March, 2018 (04.00 p.m..SL time)

Update on Kandy and related incidents as at 06th March, 2018 (04.00 p.m.) Key Developments after 10.00 am of 06th March 2018. 1. Further to the...

Anti-Muslim violence rears its ugly head again in Sri Lanka

Inciting violence, hatred and threats against other citizens because of their diverse backgrounds is harmful for sustained peace and reconciliation in Sri Lanka. Ridiculing their religious...
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