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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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  • ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ කොරෝනා වසංගතය, 'මුස්ලිම් ප්‍රජාවට එරෙහි වෙනස්කම්', ත්‍රස්ත විරෝධී නීතිය සහ හිජාස් හිස්බුල්ලා
    අදින් මාස කිහිපයකට පෙර ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණය ඉදිරියේ පැවති විභාගයකදී තරුණ නීතිඥවරයෙක් පෑ වාග් පෙළහර එහි සිටි බොහෝ දෙනාගේ සිත් ඇදගැනීමට සමත්විය.

    රට පුරා මහත් ආන්දෝලනයකට ලක් වූ ඒ නඩු විභාගයේදී ඔහු මතු කළ තර්ක කෙතරම් අවධානයට ලක් වූයේ ද යත් ඔහුගේ මිතුරන් මතු නොව, අධිකරණයේ දී ඔහුගේ ප්‍රතිවාදීන් වූ සගයින් ද ඔහු පැසසීමට...
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  • ත්‍රස්ත විරෝධී නීතිය සහ නීතිඥ හිජාස් හිස්බුල්ලා
    අත්අඩංගුවට ගෙන රැඳවුම් නියෝග මත රඳවාගෙන සිටින නීතිඥ හිජාස් හිස්බුල්ලා හඳුනාගැනීමේ පෙරෙට්ටුවක් සඳහා යොමු කිරීමට ගෙන තිබූ තීරණය අවලංගු කිරීමට කොළඹ කොටුව මහේස්ත්‍රාත් රංග දිසානායක තීන්දු කළා. පෙරෙට්ටුව ඊයේ පැවැත්වීමට නියමිතව තිබූ අතර, එහිදී සැකකරු හඳුනාගැනීම සඳහා සාක්ෂිකරුවන් වශයෙන් ඉස්ලාමීය මද්ද්‍රසා පාසලක ඉගෙනුම...
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  • A True Patriot will never Harm Minorities
    A True Patriot will never Harm Minorities
    https://ceylontoday.lk/news/a-true-patriot-will-never-harm-minorities

    By Mass L. Usuf | Published: 8:27 PM Jun 14 2020

    “The concealed malignancy of hypocrisy is more harmful than open hostility.” (Ayatollah Agha Pooya).

    Today, we live in a society where hypocrisy is seen in abundance.  In fact, two-facedness is common in many fields, be it party politics, religious persuasion, social interaction, inter-ethnic relations, family relationship and so on.  No one would admit his/her hypocrisy because it has, some way or the other, attained the status of an accepted ‘new normal’. The admittance of the ‘new normal’ per se proves the extent to which even the society itself has condescended. If necrophilism or cannibalism for whatever reason disgusts us,...
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Burmese Rohingyas lack ‘strategic value’

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World powers must intervene to stop the systematic extermination of the Muslim minority and provide much-needed aid in the form of medicines and food

By Tariq Al Maeena | Special to Gulf News

The threat of war against Syria and Iran has been grabbing headlines for weeks, accompanied by ever more sensationalist claims by the mainstream media. The tensions are naturally high and the scenario could be grim.

Michel Chossudovsky, a Canadian professor of economics and author of several books charges that “a sophisticated and all encompassing propaganda programme supports war in the name of world peace and global security. The underlying scenario of worldwide conflict goes far beyond the diabolical design of [George] Orwell’s 1984. The Ministry of Truth upholds war as a peacemaking undertaking by twisting realities upside down. In turn, the lies and fabrications of the mainstream media are presented with various innuendos in a complex web of deceit”.

All in the quest of calculated gains!

Lost in such Machiavellian war-mongering scenarios is a little-known crime being perpetrated against a minority, the Rohingya, in Myanmar. It is state-sponsored ethnic cleansing, whose victims happen to be the Rohingya, a majority of whom are Muslims. Unlike Syria or Iran where world leaders have been taking a defined stand on the pedestal of human rights, in the case of the Myanmarese Muslims there has been very little international condemnation.

In the current crisis in the province of northern Arakan in Myanmar, brutal murders of Rohingya men, women and children by Buddhist Rakhine vigilantes are in full swing. This is also accompanied by mass arrests, torture and cold blooded murder of innocent Rohingya men by Myanmarese police in jails.

The state of emergency imposed by the Myanmar government in Arakan is punishing the Rohingya people as they cannot venture out of their homes in search of food and medicine even during the day. Rakhine mobs roam about attacking and looting Rohingya while Myanmarese police forces provide cover to these crimes.

Prof Wakar Uddin, Director-General of the Arakan Rohingya Union (ARU) charged that “the Rakhine mobs are not obeying the state of emergency law, and are roaming the streets and looting Rohingya houses. The imposition of a state of emergency is providing leverage to the Rakhine and crippling the Rohingya. This is compelling evidence of how the Myanmarese government has manipulated the situation in favour of the Rakhine through this state of emergency law to further marginalise the Rohingya”.

Tales of terror

He goes on to detail the terror.

“The [Myanmar] forces are raiding Rohingya houses and taking male adults away to unknown destinations. There are numerous cases of assault on Rohingya women and rapes by [Myanmarese] forces, particularly in households where the men have been taken away. Numerous mosques have been gutted and others shut down in Arakan by the government. The Rohingya are not allowed to pray and imams have been arrested.”

Recently, the situation flared to dangerous levels when Muslim pilgrims on their way to a spiritual place of worship last month were attacked by a large number of Rakhine Buddhists, who butchered and hacked them down with knives. Few escaped.

An eyewitness described the horror when the mob of Rakhines set upon the bus carrying the pilgrims and created carnage. “More than a hundred people beat and killed those people. The residents even torched the bus,” he said, adding that the police arrived but were unable to control the baying crowd.

“There are not many people at the scene now, only dead bodies on the road. The senior residents of the town are trying to comfort the people. The Rakhine Buddhists are also threatening Muslims from other towns of the Rakhine state with the same fate.”

A lukewarm government statement following the incident and published in the New Light of Myanmar added more fuel to the burning embers when it cautioned against “anarchic and lawless” acts, but referred to the victims using a racial slur for people of subcontinent appearance.

The Nobel Prize winner and democratic icon Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy, who came into the limelight as a result of fighting against the repressive regime had for the most part politically manoeuvred themselves out of discussing Myanmar’s Muslim minority, especially the Rohingya, for fears of alienating many of their supporters.

But following the brutal slayings, which was one more chapter of targeted violence against the Muslim minority, Suu Kyi was compelled to speak out. “I would like to see all people in Myanmar get along with each other regardless of their religion and ethnicity,” she said.

The Rohingya need much more than words of sympathy and they need it quickly. They need international support against their extermination, along with much needed aid in the form of medicines and food. As Dr Wakar stresses, “we are running out of time, people are dying in the open and in jails of horror — please initiate the deployment of UN personnel in affected areas urgently.”

How long can this be allowed to go on? Is it because there is very little in the way of calculated gains to be garnered by allying with their cause? Has the lack of oil fields or key waterways made their defence one of no strategic value?

Tariq A. Al Maeena is a Saudi socio-political commentator. He lives in Jeddah.

Courtesy: Gulf News

 

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