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  • Democracy Threatened: Impunity, Political Patronage & Rollback Of Devolution
    By S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole – R. Sasilan: Assistant Commissioner of Elections Today we are opening new living quarters for our Election Commission’s man-in-charge in Batticaloa. I am so glad because R. Sasilan is a man I am proud of. He stands up for what is right without fear or favor. When a minister distributed gifts in elections some years ago, he confiscated a gift pack and filed a complaint with the police. The police, as often happens, disappeared the evidence. Sasilan sent a report to the Commission and that too disappeared....
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  • Coronavirus funerals: Sri Lanka's Muslims decry forced cremation
      Image copyrightEPA Image captionSri Lankan Muslim women wait for a Covid-19 test. Some in the community are fighting cremation rules Sri Lankan authorities are insisting on cremation for coronavirus victims - a practice forbidden by Islam. The nation's minority Muslim community says they are using the pandemic to discriminate, writes BBC Sinhala's Saroj Pathirana. On 4 May, Fathima Rinoza, a 44-year-old mother of three from Sri Lanka's minority Muslim population, was admitted to hospital with a suspected case of Covid-19. Fathima, who lived in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, had been suffering from respiratory problems and the authorities feared she had caught the virus. On the day she was admitted to hospital, the family was "set upon" by the authorities, her husband Mohamed Shafeek said. "The police and military along with...
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  • ජිනීවා මානව හිමිකම් කවුන්සිලයේදී රටවල් 5කින් ලංකාවට චෝදනා
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  • මුස්ලිම් නීතිඥයාට එරෙහිව 'ත්‍රස්ත සාක්කි' ගෙතූ රහස් පොලිසියට විනිසුරු විරෝධය

      පාස්කු බෝම්බ ප්‍රහාරයට සම්බන්ධ යැයි ජනමාධ්‍ය මගින් ප්‍රචාරය කරමින් ත්‍රස්තවාදය වැළැක්වීමේ පනත යටතේ අත්අඩංගුවට ගනු ලැබු මුස්ලිම් ජාතික නීතිඥවරයකුට එරෙහිව ව්‍යාජ සාක්ෂි ගෙතීමට රහස් පොලිසිය විසින් දරණ ලද උත්සාහයක් විනිසුරුවරයකුගේ මැදිහත්වීම නිසා ව්‍යර්ථ වී තිබේ.

    නීතිඥ හිජාස් ඕමර් හිස්බුල්ලාහ් රඳවා...
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  • Gnanasara Thero Once Again Inciting Sinhalese Against Muslims
    Malicious campaign pushing discriminated and frustrated Muslims to wall Few weeks ago Ven Galagoda Atte Gnanasara Thero, known for inciting Sinhalese and unleashing violence against Muslims, said he would dissolve his organisation Bodu Bala Sena as it has achieved its target of setting up a Sinhala Buddhist government without minority support. Latheef Farook Following the election of the present government to power on 15 November 2019, he was rather quiet. Now that the parliamentary election is forthcoming, he has started his campaign once again pitting the Sinhalese against Muslims.There were reports that during the presidential elections in November 2019 Buddhist monks and temples were used to demonize Muslims to win Sinhala votes assuring security. As part of this campaign to win Sinhala votes, he attempted to brand as extremist, several...
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  • Hejaaz: A lawyer for all seasons

    A year has passed since the deadly Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka. Victims, survivors, and the general public still await answers. Amidst these desperate demands for accountability, Hejaaz Hizbullah, a prominent Muslim lawyer, is suddenly – and most unexpectedly – arrested and detained.

    I met Hejaaz during the first-ever debating tournament I participated in. He led the team from S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia, and I represented St. Joseph’s College, Colombo. Our teams made it to the finals that year. I recall Hejaaz as a fierce competitor with the rare gift for conveying an argument with charisma and conviction. He also had a great sense of humour, taking friendly banter in good spirit. The Thomians triumphed that year, and deservedly so.

    What strikes me now is...
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  • Muslim writer in jail for 60 days without "explicit evidence"
    A group of activists in Sri Lanka has called upon the government for the unconditional release of a Muslim writer who has been held in detention for more than
    sixty days without “explicit evidence being produced”.

    In a letter to the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) the Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim activists say that Ramzy Razeek arrested on April 09 for allegedly violating the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and Cyber Crimes Legislation has also been denied medical treatment and legal access in detention.

    “Despite orders from the Magistrate to allow him access to medicine, reliable sources state that his health condition is deteriorating due to lack of access to specific medicines of which he is in dire need. A lawyer attempting to visit Razeek this week, was also denied...
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  • அடையாள அணிவகுப்புக்கு முன் ஹிஜாஸின் அடையாளத்தைக் காட்ட சிஐடியினர் முயற்சித்தார்கள்
    இரு சிறுவர்களிடமிருந்தும் வாக்குமூலம் பெறுவதற்கு முன்னர் சிஐடியினர் தனது அறையில் வைத்து ஹிஜாஸ் ஹிஸ்புல்லாஹ்வின் புகைப்படத்தை அவர்களுக்குக் காண்பிப்பதற்கு முயற்சித்தார்கள் என கோட்டை நீதவான் ரங்க திசாநாயக்க தெரிவித்துள்ளார்.

    புத்தளம் மத்ரஸாவொன்றின் மாணவர்களுக்கு தீவிரவாதத்தைப் போதித்தார் என சிஐடியினர்...
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  • CID attempted to show photograph of Hejaaz to children before ID parade: Fort Magistrate
    Fort Magistrate Ranga Dissanayaka said in open court that officers of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) had attempted to show photographs of Hejaaz Hizbullah at his chambers prior to the recording of statements from two children.

    When the matter was taken up before Dissanayake on 24 June, he told Hizbullah’s lawyers that prior to the recording of the statements from the two children, this attempt had been made: “I want to reveal this. The CID officers tried to show pictures and I had to tell them to leave the Chamber.”

    Two children had made “voluntary statements” on 12 May to the Magistrate on camera regarding Hizbullah. An identification parade was to be held including Hizbullah with 10 children being summoned as witnesses to identify Hizbullah.

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  • Magistrate disallows ID parade for detained lawyer
    Counsel for Hejaaz Hizbullah objects to ID parade Says children lined up to identify suspect have been shown his photograph during questioning Magistrate uploads objections, fixes 1 July for next hearing Fort Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake yesterday disallowed the Police from presenting detained attorney Hejaaz Hizbullah for an identification parade after counsel for the suspect objected to the move. Hejaaz Hizbullah   President’s Counsel Wasantha Navaratne Bandara, who appeared for Hizbullah, said that the 10 children lined up to identify the suspect have been shown his photograph by the Police when they recorded a statement from them, and hence objected to holding the identification parade.

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Letter handed over to Sri Lankan High Commissioner in Australia

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A letter was handed over to the Sri Lankan High Commissioner in Australia His Excellency Somasundaram Skandakumar at the High Commission in Canberra on Saturday 10 March 2018 by the Austra Lanka Muslim Association (ALMA) based in Sydney, expressing their extreme disappointment, displeasure and strong condemnation of the continual violence unleashed against the Muslims in Sri Lanka. See the letter here >> https://goo.gl/6nu3Fx (or see the attachment)


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P.O. Box A1438, Sydney South, NSW 1235, Australia.
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Web: www.alma.org.au
Austra-Lanka Muslim Association Inc. (ALMA) is an incorporated not-for-profit community organisation based in Sydney,
New South Wales, Australia. It was founded in 1992 by a few members with the objectives of promoting good values, and
maintaining unity and friendship among the increasing number of Muslims of Sri Lankan origin and other communities in and
outside Australia.


Austra-Lanka Muslim Association Inc.
Incorporated in NSW as a Not-for-Profit Community Organisation
ABN 80 076 747 489
9 March 2018
The High Commissioner for Sri Lanka in Australia
His Excellency Somasundaram Skandakumar
Sri Lankan High Commission
Canberra,
Australia
Your Excellency,
Violence against Muslims in Sri Lanka
Greetings from the Austra-Lanka Muslim Association Inc. (ALMA)
On behalf of the Muslim community in Sydney, we would like to place on record our concern and
extreme dissatisfaction on the atrocities meted out to the peace loving Muslim community in Sri
Lanka. It was our fervent belief that the racial disharmony that was the norm in the past, against which
we made repeated representation at that time, would come to a closure with the change of
leadership/regime which was replaced by the ‘Yahapalana’ government. Ever since this government
took over, racial discrimination and victimization of the minorities, particularly the Muslim community,
have continued unabated. Certain hard-line groups appear to be acting to instil an on-going fear
psychosis among the Muslim population in Sri Lanka. The despicable yet well-orchestrated attacks
which started in Ampara and spread on to Digana, Teldeniya, Katugastota, Akurana and other areas,
where a sizeable Muslim population lives harmoniously with the Sinhalese society, opened the gates
for further communal violence against the Muslims. These attacks were perpetrated by some Buddhist
extremist groups.
Regrettably, a personal dispute between some individuals has been used as an opportunity to incite
communal violence resulting in loss of lives and, unjustified destruction of Mosques, business
establishments, homes and vehicles causing extensive financial losses and psychological distress.
Obviously these dastardly and vindictive atrocities do not augur well for the image and growth of
Mother Lanka. The economy of the country is at its lowest ebb throwing the country in a state of total
disarray. The Law and Order in the country appears to be in the hands of the goons who could not be
controlled by the Government or Police and/or armed forces. The hatred and animosity the
perpetrators demonstrate, unfortunately has been targeted against the Muslims who have every right
to be part of the total populace. They are Sri Lankans too and should be treated like any other citizen
in the country. It is deplorable that things are not happening the way they should. These acts of
hatred, violence and destruction by Buddhist extremists has brought the country to a virtual standstill
thus inconveniencing the daily lives of the law-abiding citizens.
The 30-year war with the LTTE came to a closure in 2009, but the Muslim minority seems to be the
next target of this racial hatred exercise orchestrated in total connivance with certain hardliners of the
political community. Whether Sri Lanka will be able to revert to the early post-independence era that
created an environment where all the communities lived in peace and harmony is questionable and
seems a remote possibility.
___________________________________________________________________________________________
P.O. Box A1438, Sydney South, NSW 1235, Australia.
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Web: www.alma.org.au
Austra-Lanka Muslim Association Inc. (ALMA) is an incorporated not-for-profit community organisation based in Sydney,
New South Wales, Australia. It was founded in 1992 by a few members with the objectives of promoting good values, and
maintaining unity and friendship among the increasing number of Muslims of Sri Lankan origin and other communities in and
outside Australia.
While the Intelligence Service of the Sri Lankan armed forces played a significant role in efficiently
dismantling the powerful LTTE, failure to foresee the well-orchestrated attacks against the Muslims on
this occasion has created a sense of suspicion in the minds of the Muslim community.
Our prayers are certainly with those affected in the disturbances. Ironically enough of these atrocities
are being done in the presence of the security personnel who are accused to be mere observers. Is it
not a shame on those that are destined to protect the citizens of the country irrespective of caste,
creed or religion? Where is the country leading to, is it following the footsteps of Aung San Suu Kyi
with the determination to repeat what extremist monk Ashin Wirathu and his disciples did to the
downtrodden Rohingya Muslims? Only time will tell us and therefore the hapless Muslim community
in Sri Lanka have to live in constant fear of being killed or their properties being torched.
We also take this opportunity to place on record our sincere appreciation towards the majority
Sinhalese community, particularly the Buddhist clergy, who displayed their displeasure towards this
dastardly act and extended their genuine support to the victims.
We, representing Sri Lankan Muslims living in NSW are urging you, Your Excellency, to bring this to the
attention of the President, His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena, The Prime Minister, Hon Ranil
Wickremasinghe and the Honourable Minister of Law and Order, our extreme disappointment,
displeasure and strong condemnation of the continual violence unleashed against the Muslims.
To assure our community in Australia, who are concerned about the safety of their family and friends
in Sri Lanka, we would appreciate if we can be informed of the constructive measures that the
government would take to prevent incidents of this nature occurring in the future.
We enclose herewith a compilation of documented incidents in Kandy as of 8 March 2018 for your
perusal.
We thank you for your kind consideration.
Sincerely,
____________________ ____________________
Rafi Mubarak Feroze Razik
President Secretary
CC: Mr Lal Wickrematunge,
Consul General of Sri Lanka in NSW and Queensland

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