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  • REGARDING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE PRESIDENTIAL TASK FORCE FOR ONE COUNTRY, ONE LAW
    Ref: ACJU/NGS/2021/239 29th of October 2021 We are shocked and dismayed by the establishment of the ‘Presidential Task Force for One Country, One Law’ under the leadership of a controversial individual. This topic has been in public discussion in the recent past. We, the citizens of Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, have been living for many centuries as one country and one Nation, with our individual, cultural, religious laws and identities under the protection of one Sri Lankan constitution. We express our disappointment on the appointment of a controversial individual for a responsible position, who is known for inciting disharmony within different religious and ethnic communities, especially hurting the religious sentiments of the Muslim community, in spite of the presence of many legal and religious leaders who are...
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  • Sri Lanka 'One Country - One Law' | Inside Story
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  • Appointing PTF headed by Gnanasara Thera: CPA urges Govt. to revoke gazette
    The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) yesterday urged the government to immediately rescind the relevant Gazette notification to appoint a Presidential Task Force (PTF) mandated to implement the ‘One Country, One Law’ concept, chaired by Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera. Issuing a statement the CPA stated that it was deeply shocked and disturbed by the appointment of the latest PTF mandated to implement the ‘One Country, One Law’ concept, including the drafting of a law to give effect to it, headed by Gnanasara Thero. The CPA stated appointment of the Task Force at a time of unprecedented economic hardships and unraveling of government policies raises a plethora of questions including the compounding of a culture of governance by task forces, the promotion of divisive Buddhist clergy linked to incitement of violence and attacks...
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  • Suspect tells Magistrate he was tortured to implicate Hejaaz Hizbullah
    The Coordinator of Save the Pearls organization Mohamed Sulthan has informed the Fort Magistrate's Court that he was tortured in order to implicate Attorney-at-law Hejaaz Hizbullah. Making a statement in person and through his lawyer,  Sulthan informed the Court of the torture and named three officers of the Terrorist Investigations Department as his torturers. He was arrested for allegedly teaching extremism at a Madrasa school. He made these revelations on the first day he was produced before Colombo Fort Magistrate Priyantha Liyanage after the completion of 18 months detention period. On his production, suspect Sultan informed the Magistrate through his Counsel that he had been severely assaulted and tortured  by TID officers following his arrest 18 months ago. On being asked by Court if he knew the names of the officers,...
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  • ‘‘තමන් වැරැදිකාරයන් නොවෙයි නම් පරීක්ෂණවලට ඉඩ දෙන්න‘‘
    (පුෂ්පකුමාර මල්ලවආරච්චි) තමන් මේ කුමන්ත්‍රණය පිටිපස්සේ හිටියේ නැත්නම් වැරදිකාරයන් නෙවෙයි නම් පරීක්ෂණ කරන්න ඉඩ දෙන්න ඕනෑ. බය වෙන්න ඕන නැහැ. ජනාධිපති කොමිසම් වාර්තාව පැහැදිලිව කියා තියෙන දේවල් තෝර තෝර ඉන්නේ ඇයි. මේ අයට මොකක් හරි හංගන්න තියෙනවා. රහසක් තියෙනවා  යැයි මැල්කම් කාදිනල් රංජිත් අගරදගුරු තුමෝ පවසති. පාස්කුදා ප්‍රහාරය...
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  • Those who used it to capture power won’t stay long: Cardinal
    Those who used the Easter Sunday mayhem to come to power will not be able to stay in power for long if they are a part of it, Archbishop of Colombo His Eminence Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith said yesterday. Cardinal Ranjith who was speaking at a service held to mark the 30th month since the gruesome suicide attack said it has become a curse as no one can live happily today while many are unable to earn a living. "It looks like Sri Lanka is suffering from that curse since the Easter Sunday bomb attack as no one can live happily earning whatever they can while those who are in power find it difficult to run the country. Those who came to power using the Easter Sunday attacks will not be able to hold on to power for long," Cardinal Ranjith said. "We sometimes wonder whether those who rule the country today are also stakeholders of the Easter Sunday...
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  • බොදු බල සේනා සංවිධානය විසින් 2021.09.20 දිනයේදී නිකුත් කරන ලද මාධ්‍යය නිවේදනය පිළිබඳවයි
    යොමු අංකය : ACJU/NGS/2021/210

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  • Justice for Hejaaz
    Frequently Asked Questions on Hejaaz Hizbullah Who is Hejaaz? Hejaaz Hizbullah is a prominent young lawyer and activist. After a stellar career at S. Thomas’ College, Mt. Lavinia and the Sri Lanka Law College—where he excelled in debating, moot court and represented Sri Lanka’s senior men’s waterpolo team—Hejaaz took oaths as a lawyer and joined the Attorney General’s Department. Since leaving the Department, he gained prominence as a bold and effective lawyer, taking on controversial commercial and constitutional cases. Besides his regular work, he also appeared pro bono in a number of cases involving minority rights and constitutional law, the most notable of which was his appearance for an Election Commissioner in the ‘Constitutional Coup’ case in October 2018. Hejaaz was also involved in activism...
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  • ‘‘ස්වාධිනව කටයුතු කරන් බෑ: තනතුරින් යනවා‘‘
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    පාරිභෝගික සේවා අධිකාරියේ අධ්‍යක්ෂ ජනරාල් තුෂාන් ගුණවර්ධන මහතා සිය තනතුරෙන් ඉල්ලා අස් වීමට තීරණය කර ඇත.

    සිය ඉල්ලා අස්වීමේ ලිපිය පාරිභෝගික සේවා පිළිබඳ රාජ්‍ය අමාත්‍ය ලසන්ත අලගියවන්න මහතාට ලබන අඟහරුවාදා භාරදීමට තීරණය කළ බව තුෂාන් ගුණවර්ධන මහතා ලංකාදීපයට පැවැසීය.

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Frequently Asked Questions on Hejaaz Hizbullah
Who is Hejaaz?
Hejaaz Hizbullah is a prominent young lawyer and activist. After a stellar career at S. Thomas’ College, Mt. Lavinia and the Sri Lanka Law College—where he excelled in debating, moot court and represented Sri Lanka’s senior men’s waterpolo team—Hejaaz took oaths as a lawyer and joined the Attorney General’s Department.
Since leaving the Department, he gained prominence as a bold and effective lawyer, taking on controversial commercial and constitutional cases.
Besides his regular work, he also appeared pro bono in a number of cases involving minority rights and constitutional law, the most notable of which was his appearance for an Election Commissioner in the ‘Constitutional Coup’ case in October 2018.
Hejaaz was also involved in activism related to peace and reconciliation. He worked within the Muslim community, raising awareness regarding anti-Muslim hate and documenting hate incidents with a view to pursuing justice in the court system. He also pointedly critiqued extremism within sections of the Muslim community, and worked with organizations in which he was involved to further inter-communal harmony.
He is now a remand prisoner in the Welikada Magazine Prison because of his work and activism. He has been named an Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience.
What are the allegations/charges against Hejaaz?
The allegations against Hejaaz have been changing from time to time.
Immediately after his arrest, there was a targeted media campaign designed to portray Hejaaz as someone involved in the Cinnamon Grand Easter suicide attacks on the basis of 14 phone calls over several years between the bomber Inshaf Ibrahim—the son of Sri Lanka’s largest spice trader and Hejaaz. However, when it was pointed that Hejaaz had since 2015 handled two land cases in the District Court for the Ibrahim family—after the cases which were filed in 2010 were handed over to him by a prominent lawyer and politician—these allegations were sidelined.
Thereafter a fresh allegation was made in the media and by the CID that Hejaaz was the mastermind of the Easter attacks. This too was sidelined before long.
Thereafter, the CID alleged that Hejaaz had received funds from a terrorist organization called “Qatar Charity”.
Curiously, Qatar Charity continues to function in Sri Lanka to date and collaborates with the current government on a number of charity measures.
The last allegation made was that Hejaaz was involved in the indoctrination of certain poor children with little to no formal education from Colombo who were boarded and educated at an Arabic College (Madrasa) in Puttalam. The children were sponsored by “Save the Pearls”, an educational charity in which Hejaaz was a member.
Hejaaz was finally indicted in mid-2021 and the charges in the indictment are that Hejaaz told these children that Catholics are attacking Muslims in Israel-Palestine, and it is only if Catholics are attacked in Sri Lanka that they would cease attacking Muslims in Israel-Palestine. The offences referred to in the indictment are versions of hate-speech prohibitions in the Prevention of Terrorism Act and the ICCPR Act.
It remains to be seen if and when any old allegations against Hejaaz would be resurfaced, or if any new ones would be concocted in the event the charges in the indictment fail.
Are the allegations/charges credible ?
The charges are baseless and false.
There is no substance in the allegation that Hejaaz aided and abetted Inshaf Ibrahim. He only had 14 calls with the Cinnamon Grand terrorist bomber over 5 years, explained by the fact that Inshaf was the contact point for the two civil land cases in which Hejaaz appeared. There is no other evidence implicating Hejaaz in the Easter Sunday attack. In fact, Hejaaz has maintained that the phone calls were primarily for the purpose of following up requests that fees be paid on time.
The allegation regarding terrorist financing and Qatar Charity is also spurious. There is no evidence that Hejaaz received any funds from Qatar Charity.
This aside, Qatar Charity continues to operate at its offices in Colombo, and has collaborated with the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry on many relief activities including Covid-19 relief. Qatar Charity is effectively the charitable extension of the Qatari government. The Chairman of its Board is HE Sheikh Hamad bin Nasser Al Thani, a senior member of the Qatari Royal family.
The allegations regarding hate speech are even more spurious. For one, Hejaaz was never in the vicinity of the Madrasa when he was alleged to have made the speech. Moreover, the single child upon whose evidence the indictment was purportedly based has made several contradictory statements regarding Hejaaz’s involvement.
In one statement, he identifies Hejaaz as a Hizbullah who stated that he owned a university in Batticaloa – a clear allusion to former Minister Hisbullah who owned such a university. Further, several similarly circumstanced children have petitioned the Supreme Court that they were taken to the CID premises and threatened to falsely implicate Mr. Hizbullah.
Two teachers at the same school have also complained that they were similarly threatened.
How long has he been held in detention?
Hejaaz has been held in custody since 14th April 2020. He has now been in custody for more than 500 days. He has only been permitted to meet his wife and lawyers a handful of times. The Prevention of Terrorism Act prevents bail for suspects until the end of the trial, unless the Attorney General consents to bail. The Attorney General has hitherto not consented to bail.
Why is Hejaaz being targeted?
While Hejaaz’s family and friends cannot be sure exactly why Hejaaz was singled out for persecution, several matters are relevant.
First, Hejaaz was a brave and powerful voice on minority rights and the treatment of Muslims in Sri Lanka. He was unafraid and uncompromised. Such was his involvement that he was involved in almost every court case involving Muslim minority rights or anti-Muslim hate.
Second, Hejaaz was one of the first to publicly speak of the Easter Attack being a conspiracy. In fact, in his first few tweets immediately after the attack he questioned as to why the authorities turned a blind eye to the terrorists despite several complaints to the authorities and law enforcement from those within the Muslim community about the extremism and violence of those involved in the Easter attacks.
Third, Hejaaz was incisive in analyzing the drivers and sources of anti-Muslim violence and hatred. He believed that anti-Muslim violence and sentiment was deliberately created and driven by politically motivated actors, and did not believe that they emerged due to organic factors. He shared his analysis publicly on several occasions.
Fourth, Hejaaz was rapidly gaining prominence as a lawyer and was growing in stature as a public figure. Hejaaz’s family and friends assume Hejaaz’s work and activism made him powerful enemies.

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