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  • විල්පත්තුව සහ පාස්කු ප්‍රහාරය: ජනපති ගෝඨාභය වෙත රිෂාඩ්ගෙන් ඉල්ලීමක්
    විල්පත්තු රක්ෂිතය හෙලි කර මුස්ලිම් ජනතාව පදිංචි කරවූ බවට තමන්ට එරෙහිව එල්ල වන චෝදනාවල සත්‍ය හෙළි කර ගැනීම සඳහා ස්වාධීන ජනාධිපති කොමිසමක් පත් කරන ලෙස පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී රිෂාඩ් බදියුද්දීන් ජනාධිපති ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂගෙන් ඉල්ලා සිටී.

    තවද පාස්කු ඉරු දින ප්‍රහාරය සිදු කළ "ත්‍රස්තවාදීන්" හා තමන් අතර සබඳතා නොවූ බව පරීක්ෂණ...
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  • Muslims expect positive overtures from President
    Muslims expect positive overtures from President
    November 26, 2019, 12:00 pm

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    by Latheef Farook


    Following the election of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Dinesh Gunawardena said both "Rauff Hakeem and Rishad Bathiudeen will not be part of the new government." This was repeated by both Wimal Weerawansa and Udaya Gammanpila.


    The Muslim community is not concerned whether the government gives Rauf Hakeem and Rishard Badurdeen ministerial portfolios or not. What the Muslims need is for the new government to understand their plight, stop violence against them, and attend to their grievances.


    Time was when the Sri Lankan Muslim community was not interested in forming a separate party. As everyone knows, the Muslims were part and parcel of the two major national...
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  • ජනාධිපතිවරණය: "ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ මුස්ලිම් ජනතාවට කවදාවත් මේ තරම් අනාරක්ෂිත හැඟීමක් දැනිල නෑ"
    ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ ජනගහනයෙන් 10% ක් පමණ වන මුස්ලිම් ජනතාවගේ මනාපය ලබා ගැනීම පිණිස ප්‍රධාන අපේක්ෂකයන් දෙදෙනා උත්සහයක නිරතව සිටිති. මුස්ලිම් ජනතාවගේ ඡන්දය ලබා ගැනීම පිණිස එක් අපේක්ෂකයෙකුගේ ප්‍රබල ආධාරකරුවෙක් ඔවුන්ට තර්ජනය කළ බවට ද චෝදනාවක් එල්ල වී තිබේ. එසේ තර්ජනය කළ බව පැවසෙන මුස්ලිම් ජාතික නීතිවේදියා එය ප්‍රතික්ෂේප කරන නමුත්...
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  • Will Sri Lanka elect A president by default?
    When ITAK, after a prolonged silence, decided to support Sajith in their last party meeting in Vavuniya, one of the mothers representing the families of disappeared tried to throw a slipper at the TNA Leader Sampathan   “We see only Muslim villages have been developed, but not the Tamil villages. The only way for Catholic and Hindu villages to get developed is to vote for Gota.” -Namal Rajapaksa in Mannar.
    “We have to act against Muslims. We Tamil youth have to think and act.” - leaflet by Kiran youth front for SLPP.
    Mannar voters who are living in Puttalam are banned to come in hired private buses to cast their votes – Assistant Election Commissioner, Mannar.
    If Muslims do not vote for Gota they will get it...
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  • Will usher in a golden era of development: Sajith
    New Democratic Front (NDF) presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa, who wound up his election campaign last night at Maradana, pledged to build an undivided nation and begin a golden era of development if he were elected president on November 16. “My party will not harass rivalries if I win the election. If elected to office on November 16, I will commence work immediately and appoint a young team to run the country,” he said addressing a rally held earlier in Hambantota. “I will appoint Ranjan Ramanayake as the minister in charge of the subject that deals with corrupted persons. We don’t need persons whose expiry date had lapsed. We will include the young and those who have a clean record to government positions,” he said. Minutes later, he called Deputy Minister Ramanayake to call over near the podium only to announce that...
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  • Rajapaksas are playing the Racist card - TNA
    All the political parties affiliated to the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) representing the Tamil community especially in the North and East, have pledged their full support to New Democratic Front Presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa. Five days ahead of the election, the Daily Mirror interviewed TNA MP and leading lawyer M. A. Sumanthiran who explained the reasons for the decision to support Premadasa and why the Tamil community would resist the return of Rajapaksas to power. Excerpts;   Q The Gotabaya Rajapaksa camp alleged that there are translation differences among Sinhala, Tamil and English versions of Sajith Premadasa’s manifesto with regard to the solution on ethnic issue. What is your view? There are no differences. Sajith has agreed for the same constitutional process that has now reached the draft stage. One cannot conclude...
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  • ඡන්දය ප්‍රකාශ කිරීමේදී 1 ඉලක්කම හෝ x සළකුණ යොදන්න
    ජනාධිපතිවරණයේදී ඡන්දය ප්‍රකාශ කිරීම සඳහා 1 ඉලක්කම හෝ x සළකුණ හෝ සටහන් කරන්නැයි මැතිවරණ කොමිසමේ සභාපති මහින්ද දේශප්‍රිය මහතා පැවසීය.

    ඡන්ද පත්‍රිකාවක 1 සහ x යන දෙකම සලකුණු කර තිබුණහොත් එම ඡන්ද පත්‍රිකාව අවලංගු කරන බවද ඔහු කීය.

    කිසියම් ඡන්ද දායකයෙකුට මනාප සළකුණු කිරීමට අවශ්‍යනම් අංක 1 යොදා ඡන්දය ප්‍රකාශ කළ හැකි අතර 2 සහ...
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  • Sri Lankan author attacked ahead of key presidential polls
    Attack comes a week after Lasantha Wijeratne published a book criticising the main opposition candidate. Armed men have stabbed and injured a Sri Lankan writer in the southern Galle district, a week after he published a book criticising the main opposition candidate in Saturday's presidential polls, police said. The attackers stormed the home of Lasantha Wijeratne on Thursday, who released his book Wasteful Development and Corruption last week and gave a copy to the ruling party candidate Sajith Premadasa."Four men broke into the house and stabbed him in the arm after holding a pistol to his wife's head," Wijeratne's lawyer Tharaka Nanayakkara told AFP news agency by telephone. "They smashed furniture before escaping."
    Local media published a photo appearing to show Wijeratne in hospital with a bandaged arm, while Sri Lanka's Centre...
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  • Voting For 2019 Presidential Election
    Assalamu Alaykum W W,

    Please Note that 2018 Voters List is been used to Issue Polling Cards for 16th November Presidential Election and if you have not received your Polling Card please verify your details with below link : https://eservices.elections.gov.lk/myVoterRegistration.aspx Jazakallah Khair  
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විල්පත්තු රක්ෂිතය හෙලි කර මුස්ලිම් ජනතාව පදිංචි කරවූ බවට තමන්ට එරෙහිව එල්ල වන චෝදනාවල සත්‍ය හෙළි කර ගැනීම සඳහා ස්වාධීන ජනාධිපති කොමිසමක් පත් කරන ලෙස පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රී රිෂාඩ් බදියුද්දීන් ජනාධිපති ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂගෙන් ඉල්ලා සිටී.

තවද පාස්කු ඉරු දින ප්‍රහාරය සිදු කළ "ත්‍රස්තවාදීන්" හා තමන් අතර සබඳතා නොවූ බව පරීක්ෂණ මගින් තහවුරු වී ඇතත් අවශ්‍යනම් නැවත ජනාධිපති කොමිසමක් පත්කර ඒ සම්බන්ධයෙන් යළි පරීක්ෂණයක් කරන මෙන් ඔහු ඉල්ලා සිටින්නේ ජනාධිපතිවරයා වෙත ලිපියක් යොමු කරමිනි.

"රටේ පිළිගත් දේශපාලන පක්ෂයක් නියෝජනය කරන නායකයෙකු වන මා ඉලක්ක කරගනිමින් මා විසින් නොකරන ලද ක්‍රියා සම්බන්ධයෙන් විවිධ විද්‍යුත්, මුද්‍රිත හා සමාජ මාධ්‍ය ඔස්සේ සේම මහජනතාව අතරද පදනම් විරහිත අසත්‍ය චෝදනා ප්‍රචාරය කරමින් පටු දේශපාලනික අරමුණු මුදුන් පමුණුවා ගැනීමට හා ජාතිවාදය ඇවිලවීම සඳහා ඇතැම් පිරිස් කටයුතු කරමින් සිටින බව මා ඉමහත් කණගාටුවෙන් යුතුව දන්වා සිටිමි," යනුවෙන් ද එම ලිපියේ සඳහන් වේ.

"පදනම් විරහිත චෝදනා නැවත නැවතත් වැරදි ආකාරයකට කරළියට ගෙනවිත් සිදුකරමින් පවතින මඩ ව්‍යාපාරයෙන්," සිය සමාජය අපහසුතාවට පත් වන බවත් හිටපු අමාත්‍ය රිෂාඩ් බදියුද්දීන් කියා සිටී.

බලය අයථා ලෙස යොදා ගනිමින් විල්පත්තු රක්ෂිතයට අයත් රජයේ ඉඩම් කිසිවක් විනාශ කර නොමැති බව පවසන ඔහු "1990 වසරේ උතුරු ප්‍රදේශයෙන් අවතැන්වූ මුස්ලිම් ජනතාව හට 2009 වසරෙන් පසුව තම ගම්බිම්වල නැවත පදිංචි වීමේ අවස්ථාව උදාවූ අතර මෙම අවස්ථාව උදාකර දීම සඳහා ඔබතුමා එවකට ආරක්ෂක අමාත්‍යාංශයේ ලේකම් වශයෙන් ලබාදුන් සහයෝගය මා ඉතාමත් කෘතඥපූර්වකව මතක් කිරීමට කැමැත්තෙමි," යනුවෙන් සිය ලිපියේ සඳහන් කරයි.

වසර 30 ක පමණ කාලයක් අත්හැර දමා තිබූ ගම්බිම් වල් බිහිවී සුවිසල් වනයක් බවට පත්ව තිබූ බැවින් වන සංරක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව විසින් එම කලාප වන රක්ෂිතයක් වශයෙන් නම් කරන ලද බවත් හිටපු ඇමතිවරයා කියා සිටී.

"නමුත් මෙහි යථාර්ථය අවබෝධ කරගත් එවකට සිටි අතිගරු මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ ජනාධිපතිතුමාගේ රජය විසින් ජනාධිපති විශේෂ කාර්ය සාධන බලකායක් පත්කර එමගින් මෙම ජනතාවගේ ඉඩම් හඳුනාගෙන ක්‍රමානුකූලව ඔවුන්ව නැවත පදිංචි කරවීම සදහා කටයුතු කරන ලදි," යනුවෙන් ලිපියේ වැඩිදුරටත් දැක්වේ.

ගස් කැපුවේ ආණ්ඩුව -රිෂාඩ් (2017 වසරේ පැවති සාකච්ඡාවක්)
"කරණු මෙසේ තිබියදීත් දිගින් දිගටම මෙම සිද්ධිය පිළිබදව අසත්‍ය චෝදනා ඉදිරිපත් වෙමින් පවතින බැවින් එම චෝදනා වල සත්‍යතාවය රටට හෙලිකිරීම සඳහාත් අප රටේ වටිනා ස්වභාවික සම්පතක් වූ විල්පත්තු වනෝද්‍යානයට යම් හෙයකින් හෝ හානියක් වී ඇත්නම් ඒ සඳහා වගකිවයුත්තන් කවුරුන්දැයි සොයා බැලීම සඳහා ස්වාධීන ජනාධිපති කොමිසමක් පත්කර ඊට අදාල ක්‍රියාමාර්ග ගන්නා මෙන්," හිටපු අමාත්‍ය රිෂාඩ් බදියුද්දීන් ජනාධිපති ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂගෙන් ඉල්ලා සිටී.

පාස්කු ඉරු දින ප්‍රහාරයන්ට සම්බන්ධ කණ්ඩායම සමග සම්බන්ධතා පැවැත්වූ බවට චෝදනා කරමින් ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්ෂයේ මන්ත්‍රීවරුන් පිරිසක් රිෂාඩ් බදියුද්දීන්ට එරෙහිව එවක විශ්වාසභංග යෝජනාවක් ගෙන ඒමට ද කටයුතු කළහ.

රිෂාඩ් බදියුද්දීන්: මේ කවුද? මොනවද වෙන්නේ?
පසුව ඔහු ඇතුළු සියලුම මුස්ලිම් අමාත්‍යවරු සිය ධුරවලින් ඉල්ලා අස් වූහ.

සියලුම මුස්ලිම් මැති, ඇමතිවරුන්ට එරෙහිව එල්ල වන චෝදනා පිළිබඳව කඩිනම් පරීක්ෂණ පවත්වා තමන් ඇතුළු ඕනෑම පුද්ගලයෙකු එම චෝදනාවලට වැරදිකරු බව තීරණය කෙරෙන්නේ නම් ඔවුන්ට එරෙහිව නීත්‍යානුකූල පියවර ගන්නා මෙන් ආණ්ඩුවෙන් ඉල්ලා සිටින බව අමාත්‍ය පදවියෙන් ඉල්ලා අස් වූ රවුෆ් හකීම් මන්ත්‍රීවරයා එවක පැවසීය.

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වනය හෙළි කර සිදු කර අනවසර ඉදි කිරීම් කරන බවට චෝදනා කළ පරිසරවේදීහු එය වැළක්වීමට වහා කටයුතු කරන එවක රජයෙන් ඉල්ලා සිටියහ.

විල්පත්තු විනාශය ගැන 'බලධාරීන් නිහඬයි’
පසුව ජනාධිපති ධුරයට පත් මෛත්‍රිපාල සිරිසේන 2017 වසරේදී කියා සිටියේ විල්පත්තු ජාතික වනෝද්‍යාන සීමාව තුළ කිසිදු පරිසර විනාශයක් සිදුවී නොමැති බවය.

කෙසේ වෙතත් ජාතික වනෝද්‍යාන සීමාවට ඔබ්බෙන් යම් පරිසර විනාශයක් සිදු වී ඇතැයි කී ජනාධිපතිවරයා ඒ සම්බන්ධයෙන් අවශ්‍ය ක්‍රියාමාර්ග ගෙන ඇති බවත් සඳහන් කළේය.

විල්පත්තු වනෝද්‍යාන සීමාව තුළ පරිසර විනාශයක් නැහැ - ජනපති
පුත්තලම, අනුරාධපුරය, මන්නාරම යන ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ දිස්ත්‍රික්ක 03 කට මායිම්ව විල්පත්තුව වන උද්‍යානය පිහිටා තිබෙන අතර මෙය වනෝද්‍යානයක් ලෙස ප්‍රකාශයට පත් කර ඇත්තේ 1938 වසරේදීය.

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Re-training centres like this one are more like military prisons, shows a high level leakImage captionRe-training centres like this one are more like military prisons, shows a high level leak මෙවැනි 'යළි පුහුණු කිරීමේ'මධ්‍යස්ථාන බොහෝ සෙයින් හමුදා සිර කඳවුරුවලට සමාන බව රහසින් පිට වූ ලිපිගොනු මගින් පෙනෙන්නට තිබේ

චීනය, සැලසුම් සහගත ලෙස අධි ආරක්ෂක සිර කඳවුරු ජාලයක රඳවා සිටින ලක්ෂ සංඛ්‍යාත මුස්ලිම්වරුන්ගේ මොළ සෝදන (Brainwash) ආකාරය පිළිබඳ රහසින් පිටවූ ලිපිගොනු මගින් පළමු වරට කරුණු අනාවරණය වී තිබේ.

චීන ආණ්ඩුව දිගින් දිගටම පවසන්නේ, බටහිර දිග චීනයට අයත් ෂින්ජියාන්ග් (Xinjiang) කලාපයේ පිහිටි රැඳවුම් කඳවුරු මගින් ස්වේච්ඡා අධ්‍යාපනය සහ පුහුණුවීම් ලබා දෙන බවය.

නමුත් රැඳවියන් සිර කර තබන ආකාරය, දැඩි ශික්ෂනයකට යටත් කිරීම සහ දඬුවම් ලබා දෙන ආකාරය නිල ලිපිගොනු ඔස්සේ 'බීබීසී පැනොරාමා' (BBC Panorama) ගවේෂණ කණ්ඩායමට දැක ගත හැකි විය.

එක්සත් රාජධානියේ සිටින චීන තානාපතිවරයා විසින් අදාළ ලිපිගොනු පිළිබඳ අදහස් දක්වමින් කියා සිටියේ ඒවා ව්‍යාජ පුවත් බවය.

නඩු විභාගයකින් තොරව රඳවා තැබීම

රහසින් පිටවූ ලිපිගොනු ගවේෂණශීලී මාධ්‍යවේදීන්ගේ ජාත්‍යන්තර සංසදය (ICIJ) වෙත ලැබිණි. එම සංසදය බ්‍රිතාන්‍යයේ 'බීබීසී පැනොරාමා' සහ 'ගාඩියන්' පුවත්පත ඇතුළු මාධ්‍ය සංවිධාන සහ සහ ආයතන 17 ක් සමග එක්ව ඒ සම්බන්ධයෙන් කටයුතු කළේය.

පසුගිය තෙවසර තුළ ෂින්ජියාන්ග් කලාපය පුරා රැඳවුම් කඳවුරු ඉදි කරනු ලැබුවේ අන්තවාදයට එරෙහිව ස්වේච්ඡා අධ්‍යාපනය ලබා දීමේ අරමුණින් බවට බීජිං පාලනය කරන ප්‍රකාශය යටපත් කෙරෙන සාක්ෂි ඉහත කී ගවේෂණය මගින් අලුතින් සොයා ගෙන ඇත.

කඳවුරු තුළ නඩු විභාගයකින් තොරව රැඳවියන් දස ලක්ෂයක් පමණ රඳවා සිටිනු ලැබ ඇතැයි විශ්වාස කෙරේ. ඉන් බහුතරය මුස්ලිම් උයිගර් ප්‍රජාවට අයත් යැයි පැවසේ.

ගවේෂණශීලී මාධ්‍යවේදීන්ගේ ජාත්‍යන්තර සංසදය (ICIJ) රහසින් පිට වූ ලිපිගොනු හඳුන්වා ඇත්තේ "ද චයිනා කේබල්ස්" යනුවෙනි. ෂින්ජියාන්ග් කලාපයේ එවක කොමියුනිස්ට් පක්ෂ නියෝජ්‍ය ලේකම් සහ කලාපයේ ප්‍රධාන ආරක්ෂක නිලධාරියා වූ සූ හෙලුන් විසින් 2017 වසරේදී කඳවුරු පාලකයන් වෙත යවන ලද පිටු නවයකින් යුත් සිහි කැඳවීම් ද ලිපිගොනු අතර වේ.

Workers walk by the perimeter fence of what is officially known as a vocational skills education centre in Dabancheng in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China September 4, 2018.Image copyrightREUTERSImage captionExperts the BBC spoke to warn what was happening behind the fences amounted to "psychological torture" කඳවුරු තුළ "මානසික වධ හිංසාවක්" සිදු වෙතැයි බීබීසී වෙත අදහස් දැක්වූ ප්‍රවීණයෝ පැවසූහ

දැඩි විනය නීති, දඬුවම් සහ පැන යාමට කිසිඳු ඉඩක් නොතබා අධි ආරක්ෂිත බන්ධනාගාර ලෙස එම රැඳවුම් කඳවුරු පවත්වා ගෙන යා යුතු බව උපදෙස් මගින් පැහැදිලිව දක්වා ඇත.

සිහි කැඳවීම් මගින් දී ඇති උපදෙස් අතර:

  • "පැන යාමට කිසිඳු ඉඩක් නොමැත"
  • "චර්යා කඩවන අවස්ථාවල විනය සහ දඬුවම් ඉහළ දමනු"
  • "පශ්චාත්තාපය සහ පාපොච්චාරණය ප්‍රවර්ධනය කළ යුතුය"
  • "ප්‍රතිකර්මයක් වශයෙන් මැන්ඩරීන් ඉගැන්වීමට ප්‍රමුඛස්ථානයක් ලබා දිය යුතුය"
  • "සැබවින්ම වෙනස්වීමට සිසුන් ධෛර්යමත් කළ යුතුය"
  • "නිදන ශාලා සහ පංති කාමරවල කිසිඳු ස්ථානයක් මග නොහැරෙන ලෙස කැමරාවලින් අධීක්ෂණය කළ යුතුය"

රැඳවියන්ගේ සෑම අංගයක්ම නිරීක්ෂණය සහ පාලනය කරනු ලැබුවේ කෙසේදැයි ලිපිගොනු මගින් අනාවරණය වේ:

"සිසුන්ගේ නිදන ඇඳන් නිශ්චිතව ස්ථාන ගත කළ යුතුය, පෝලිම් සැදීමේදී නිත්‍ය ස්ථානයක්, නිත්‍ය පංති කාමරයක්, කුසලතා වර්ධන ක්‍රියාකාරකම්වලදී නිත්‍ය ස්ථානයක් තිබිය යුතු අතර එම ස්ථාන වෙනස් කිරීම සපුරා තහනම්ය."

"අවදි වීම, නම් ලකුණු කිරීම, ඇඟ සේදීම, වැසිකිලි යාම, තමා අවට පිළිවෙලකට තබා ගැනීම, ආහාර අනුභවය, පාඩම් කටයුතු, නිදා ගැනීම, දොරවල් වසා දැමීම සඳහා චර්යා රටා සහ විනය අවශ්‍යතා ක්‍රියාත්මක කළ යුතුය"

චීනය ඌයිගර් මුස්ලිම්වරුන්ගේ 'මොළ සෝදන' ආකාරය ගැන හෙළිදරව් වේචීනය ඌයිගර් මුස්ලිම්වරුන්ගේ 'මොළ සෝදන' ආකාරය ගැන හෙළිදරව් වේචීනය ඌයිගර් මුස්ලිම්වරුන්ගේ 'මොළ සෝදන' ආකාරය ගැන හෙළිදරව් වේ

අසාමාන්‍ය මට්ටමේ රඳවා තබා ගැනීම් පිළිබඳ සෙසු ලිපිගොනු මගින් තහවුරු වේ. 2017 වසරේ එක් සතියක් තුළ පමණක් දකුණු දිග ෂින්ජියාන්ග්හි 15,000 ක පිරිසක් රැඳවුම් කඳවුරු වෙත යවා ඇති බව එක් ලිපිගොනුවක් අනාවරණය කරයි.

'හියුමන් රයිට්ස් වොච්' මානව හිමිකම් සංවිධානයේ චීනය සම්බන්ධයෙන් කටයුතු කරන අධ්‍යක්ෂිකා සොෆී රිචර්ඩ්සන් කියා සිටියේ රහසින් පිටවූ සිහි කැඳවීම්, පැමිණිලි ගොනු කිරීම සඳහා ප්‍රයෝජනයට ගත යුතු බවය.

"මෙය, දැඩි මානව හිමිකම් කඩවීමක් ලිඛිතව දැක්වෙන ක්‍රියාමාර්ග ගත හැකි සාක්ෂියක්," යනුවෙන් ඇය සඳහන් කළාය.

"රඳවනු ලැබ සිටින සෑම අයෙකුම අවම වශයෙන් මානසික වධ හිංසාවට යටත් වන බව කීම සාධාරණයි කියා මා සිතනවා. මොකද කොපමණ කාලයක් ඔවුන් එහි සිටීවිද කියලා ඔවුන් ඇත්ත වශයෙන්ම දන්නේ නැහැ."

රැඳවියන් සිය හැසිරීම, විශ්වාස සහ භාෂාව වෙනස් කර ඇති බව ඔප්පු කර පෙන්වීමෙන් පසු පමණක් ඔවුන් නිදහස් කරනු ලබන ආකාරය පිළිබඳ සිහි කැඳවීම්වල කරුණු දැක්වේ.

"තම අතීත ක්‍රියාකාරකම්වල ඇති නීති විරෝධී, අපරාධමය සහ භයානක ස්වභාවය ගැඹුරින් අවබෝධ කර ගැනීම සඳහා සිසුන් තුළ පශ්චාත්තාපය සහ පාපොච්චාරණය ප්‍රවර්ධනය කරන්න," යනුවෙන් එහි සඳහන් වේ.

"ප්‍රතිඵල ළඟා කර ගත් බව තහවුරු කර ගැනීම සඳහා අපැහැදිලි අවබෝධයන්, සෘණ ආකල්ප හෝ ප්‍රතිරෝධී හැඟීම් සිත් තුළ ඇති පුද්ගලයන් අධ්‍යාපන පරිවර්තනයකට ලක් කරන්න."

ප්‍රමුඛ පෙළ මානව හිමිකම් නීතිඥයකු සහ ලෝක උයිගර් කොංග්‍රසයේ උපදේශකයකු වශයෙන් කටයුතු කරන රාජ නීතිඥ බෙන් එමර්සන් කියා සිටියේ ඉහත කී කඳවුරු මගින් පුද්ගලයන්ගේ අනන්‍යතාව වෙනස් කිරීමට උත්සාහ කෙරෙන බවය.

"මෙය, මුළු වාර්ගික ප්‍රජාවක මහා පරිමාණයෙන් මොළ සෝදා හැරීමක් සඳහා සැලසුම් කළ සහ නියම කරන ලද වැඩසටහනක් හැර වෙනත් දෙයක් කියා දකින්න බැහැ."

"ෂින්ජියාන්ග්හි උයිගර් මුස්ලිම්වරුන් අතුගා දැමීම සඳහා විශේෂයෙන් නිර්මාණය කරන ලද පූර්ණ පරිවර්තනයක්."

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චීනයේ රහස් කඳවුරු

A Uighur man studying at a campImage captionThe Chinese government says the camps are for voluntary re-education චීන ආණ්ඩුව පවසන්නේ කඳවුරු මගින් යළි ස්වේච්ඡා අධ්‍යාපනයක් ලබා දෙන බවය

රැඳවියන්ගේ "මතවාදීමය පරිවර්තනය, අධ්‍යාපනය සහ පුහුණුව, විනය සමග අනුගතවීම" සලකා බලා ඔවුන්ට ලකුණු ලබා දෙන බව ඉහත කී සිහි කැඳවීමේ සඳහන් වේ.

රැඳවියන්ට සිය ඥාතීන් හමුවීමට අවසර ලබා දීම සහ ඔවුන් නිදහස් කරනු ලැබීම තීන්දු කිරීම සඳහා දඬුවම් සහ ලකුණු දීමේ ක්‍රමවේදය යොදා ගැනේ.

රැඳවියන් නිදහස් කරනු ලැබීම පිළිබඳ සලකා බලනු ලබන්නේ කොමියුනිස්ට් පක්ෂ කමිටු හතර විසින් ඔවුන් පරිවර්තනය වී ඇති බවට වූ සාක්ෂි නිරීක්ෂණය කිරීමෙන් අනතුරුව පමණකි.

චීන ආණ්ඩුව මිනිසුන් පිළිබඳ දැඩි විමර්ශනයෙන් පසුවීම (Surveillance) සහ පෞද්ගලික දත්ත විමර්ශනය කර පුරෝකථන මත පදනම් වූ වැඩසටහනක් මගින් මිනිසුන් හසුරවනු ලැබීම පිළිබඳවත් රහසින් පිටවූ ලිපිගොනු මගින් කරුණු හෙළි වේ.

දත්ත බෙදා හදා ගැනීමට යොදා ගන්නා 'Zapya' නමැති දුරකතන මෘදුකාංගයක් (ඇප්) භාවිත කළ දහඅට ලක්ෂයක පිරිසක් දෙස ඉහත කී වැඩසටහන ඔස්සේ අවධානයෙන් පසු වූ ආකාරය එක් ලිපිගොනුවක් මගින් පෙන්නුම් කරයි.

ඉන් අනතුරුව ඒ අතර සිටි 40,557 දෙනෙකු පිළිබඳ "තනි තනිවම" පරීක්ෂණ කිරීමට බලධාරීන් නියෝග කර ඇත. "සැක දුරු කිරීමට නොහැකි නම්" ඔවුන් "සිතේ අවධානය පවත්වා ගත හැකි පුහුණුවට" යොමු කළ යුතු බව ලිපිගොනුවක සඳහන් වේ.

විදෙස් පුරවැසිභාවය හිමි උයිගර් මුස්ලිම්වරුන් අත්අඩංගුවට ගැනීම සහ සහ විදෙස් රටවල වෙසෙන උයිගර් මුස්ලිම්වරුන් ලුහුබැඳිම සඳහා ලබා දුන් නිශ්චිත නියෝග ද ලිපිගොනුවලට ඇතුලත්ය. ගෝලීය මට්ටමේ දැල එලීම සඳහා චීන තානාපති සහ කොන්සෝල් කාර්යාල සම්බන්ධ වී ඇති බව එමගින් පෙන්නුම් කරයි.

Uighurs singing in a classroomImage captionThe BBC was given a tour of the camps earlier this year මේ වසර මුලදී කඳවුරු තුළ සංචාරයක නිරත වීමට බීබීසී වෙත අවස්ථාව ලබා දුනි

ඉහත කී ක්‍රියාමාර්ග මගින් චීන වැසියන් ආරක්ෂා වූ බව එක්සත් රාජධානියේ සිටින චීන තානාපති ලියු ෂියෝමින් පවසයි. ඔහු වැඩිදුරටත් කියා සිටියේ පසුගිය තෙවසර තුළ ෂින්ජියාන්ග්හි එක් ත්‍රස්තවාදී ප්‍රහාරයක් හෝ වාර්තා නොවූ බවය.

"කලාපයේ වාර්ගික කණ්ඩායම් අතර දැන් සමාජීය ස්ථාවරත්වය සහ එකමුතු භාවය පවතිනවා. වඩාත් ශක්තිමත් ආරක්ෂාවක් යටතේ එහි වැසියන් සතුටින් ජීවත් වෙනවා."

"චීනයේ අභ්‍යන්තර කටයුතුවලට මැදිහත් වීමට නිදහසට කරුණු නිර්මාණය කර ගැනීමේ උත්සහයක් වශයෙන්, ෂින්ජියාන්ග්හි ත්‍රස්ත විරෝධී උත්සාහයට බාධා එල්ල කිරීම සහ චීනයේ ස්ථාවර සංවර්ධනයට බාධා එල්ල කිරීම සඳහා සම්පූර්ණ කාරණා සැලකිල්ලකට නොගෙන බටහිර ඇතැම් පුද්ගලයන් ෂින්ජියාන්ග් මුල් කර ගනිමින් චීනය දැඩි ලෙස අපවාදයට ලක් කරනවා," යනුවෙන් ඔහු වැඩිදුරටත් සඳහන් කළේය.

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Muslims expect positive overtures from President

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Muslims expect positive overtures from President
November 26, 2019, 12:00 pm

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by Latheef Farook


Following the election of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Dinesh Gunawardena said both "Rauff Hakeem and Rishad Bathiudeen will not be part of the new government." This was repeated by both Wimal Weerawansa and Udaya Gammanpila.


The Muslim community is not concerned whether the government gives Rauf Hakeem and Rishard Badurdeen ministerial portfolios or not. What the Muslims need is for the new government to understand their plight, stop violence against them, and attend to their grievances.


Time was when the Sri Lankan Muslim community was not interested in forming a separate party. As everyone knows, the Muslims were part and parcel of the two major national political parties—the UNP and the SLFP.


For example, respected Muslim leader Dr M. C. M. Kaleel was Chairman and Treasure of the UNP. Veteran Muslim politician Sir Razik Fareed, who spent his wealth on the community and fought for Muslim rights, while maintaining healthy relations with the Sinhalese community, was with the main political parties.


It was the short-sighted racist politics of the two main national parties that forced Muslim to support when some ambitious individuals decided to exploit the helplessness of the community  by forming a separate political party.


Even in this case several Muslim politicians in the south warned the SLMC founder the late A. H. M. Ashraf of the grave consequences of starting a separate party to those Muslims who were living in peace and harmony in the midst of Sinhalese in the rest of the country.


Finally, it was the arrogant dismissal of Muslims  by the late President J. R. Jayewardene when he said that Muslims could remain in the government or leave when a delegation led by All Ceylon Muslim League leader Dr M.C.M Kaleel met him and appealed not to allow Israelis into the country in view of their century’s old hostility and crime records against Muslims.


In the end, Jayewardene’s arrogance, Indian conspiracies to divide Tamil and Muslim communities and Ashraf’s desire to have a political platform led to the birth of Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, SLMC, on 11 February 1988.


The SLMC came with the slogan of Islam and unity. Islam disappeared at birth when Ashraf fled Kalmunai to seek refuge at a lawyer’s house in Colombo. The unity could be seen in the division of SLMC into more than half a dozen groups. SLMC politicians openly and shamelessly shifted their alliances during the recent presidential elections when they were all, as many accused, bought over by different sides.


Corruption has been an integral part of SLMC from its inception though Ashraf had done a lot to help the community. However the power struggle within the party after his death was exploited by the Sinhala leadership to throw baits—ministerial portfolios--and divide the SLMC.


Over the years today the SLMC and its splinter groups became notorious for selling the community for positions and perks, causing the Muslims to lose respect.


Muslims suffered immense during the ethnic war. Once the war ended in 2009 they expected peace and a return to normal life. However to their shock disgusting violence was unleashed against them under the Rajapaksa government. This violence continued with greater intensity under Maithri-Ranil’s disastrous government.


In the aftermath of Easer Sunday bombings and killings, while Muslims were subjected to violence, dogs were taken into mosques by soldiers wearing shoes and hundreds of Muslims were taken into custody for no valid reason, shameless Muslim politicians invited Maithri and Ranil   for their family functions.


In the same way, while Muslims in and around Kandy were fightened  expecting anything to happen due to the tense atmosphere built up by  fasting monk here in Colombo controversial moulavi was seen breaking Ifthar fast with  former president Sirisena.


Thus Muslims were fed up with their politicians and the equally controversial half-baked mullahs.


On the one hand, Muslim politicians abandoned the community in their rush for positions. On the other hand, implementing its evil racist agenda, government persecuted them.


This is the reason why the Muslims are least worried about ministerial portfolios for their politicians. All what they expect from the new President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is to create an environment with new overtures where they could live in peace.


They are eagerly expecting positive signs from President Gotabaya and his government though it includes many known for their hatred towards Muslims.

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ජනාධිපතිවරණය: "ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ මුස්ලිම් ජනතාවට කවදාවත් මේ තරම් අනාරක්ෂිත හැඟීමක් දැනිල නෑ"

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ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ ජනගහනයෙන් 10% ක් පමණ වන මුස්ලිම් ජනතාවගේ මනාපය ලබා ගැනීම පිණිස ප්‍රධාන අපේක්ෂකයන් දෙදෙනා උත්සහයක නිරතව සිටිති.

මුස්ලිම් ජනතාවගේ ඡන්දය ලබා ගැනීම පිණිස එක් අපේක්ෂකයෙකුගේ ප්‍රබල ආධාරකරුවෙක් ඔවුන්ට තර්ජනය කළ බවට ද චෝදනාවක් එල්ල වී තිබේ.

එසේ තර්ජනය කළ බව පැවසෙන මුස්ලිම් ජාතික නීතිවේදියා එය ප්‍රතික්ෂේප කරන නමුත් තමන් එම වීඩියෝ පටය දුටු බව මැතිවරණ කොමිසමේ කොමසාරිස් රත්නජීවන් හූල් ද පවසයි.

මුස්ලිම් ජනතාව ආකර්ෂණය කර ගැනීම පිණිස අනෙක් ප්‍රතිවාදී අපේක්ෂකයා ද ප්‍රබල උත්සහයක නිරතව සිටිනු පෙනේ.

ඒ, මහ මැතිවරණයකදීටත් වඩා විශේෂයෙන් ම ජනපතිවරණයකදී දෙමළ සහ මුස්ලිම් ඇතුළු සුළු ජාතීන්ගේ ඡන්දය තීරණාත්මක වන බැවිනි. ඇතැම් දේශපාලන විශ්ලේෂකයන් පවසන පරිදි විධායක ජනාධිපති ක්‍රමය යටතේ "රජුන් තනන්නේ" ඔවුන් වන බැවිනි.

විශේෂයෙන් ම පාස්කු ඉරිදා ප්‍රහාරවලින් අනතුරුව ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ බහුතර මුස්ලිම් ජනතාව දෙපාර්ශවයකට මැදි වී සිටින බව තරුණ නීතිවේදියෙකු සහ මාධ්‍යවේදියෙකු වන හෆීල් ෆාරිස් (Hafeel Farisz) ගේ අදහසය.

සාමාන්‍ය මුස්ලිම් ජනතාව අන්තවාදී මුස්ලිම් කණ්ඩායම්වල සහ සිංහල ජාතිකවාදීන්ගේ පීඩනයට ලක් වී සිටින බව බීබීසී සිංහල සේවය සමග අදහස් දක්වමින් කියා සිටි ඔහු, "ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ මුස්ලිම් ජනතාවට කවදාවත් මේ තරම් අනාරක්ෂිතයි කියල හැඟීමක් දැනිල නෑ," යනුවෙන් ද සඳහන් කළේය.

මුස්ලිම් ජනතාව ඉල්ලන්නේ කුමක් ද?

නීතිඥ හෆීල් ෆාරිස් පවසන පරිදි,

  1. සාමය සහ ආරක්ෂාව මෙවර මැතිවරණයේදී මුස්ලිම් ජනතාවගේ ප්‍රධානම අපේක්ෂාව වී තිබෙන අතර,
  2. තවදුරටත් අනෙක් ජන කොටස්වලින් වෙන් වී (segregate) තනිව වාසය කළ නොහැකි බවත් දැනට වඩා රටේ අනෙක් ජන කොටස් සමග මුසු වී වාසය කළ යුතු (inclusivity) බවත් ඔවුහු වටහාගෙන සිටිති.

ඇමෙරිකා එක්සත් ජනපදයේ වාසය කරන ශ්‍රී ලාංකික මුස්ලිම් ක්‍රියාකාරිනියක වන සොරායා ඩීන් පවසන්නේ, යළිත් වරක් දේශපාලකයන්ගේ හෝ ආගමික අනුග්‍රහයක් සහිතව මුස්ලිම් ජනතාවට එරෙහිව ප්‍රහාර එල්ල නොවනු ඇතැයි යන්න තමන්ගේ ප්‍රධානම අපේක්ෂාව බවය.

 

Will Sri Lanka elect A president by default?

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  • When ITAK, after a prolonged silence, decided to support Sajith in their last party meeting in Vavuniya, one of the mothers representing the families of disappeared tried to throw a slipper at the TNA Leader Sampathan

 

“We see only Muslim villages have been developed, but not the Tamil villages. The only way for Catholic and Hindu villages to get developed is to vote for Gota.” -Namal Rajapaksa in Mannar.


“We have to act against Muslims. We Tamil youth have to think and act.” - leaflet by Kiran youth front for SLPP.


Mannar voters who are living in Puttalam are banned to come in hired private buses to cast their votes – Assistant Election Commissioner, Mannar.


If Muslims do not vote for Gota they will get it properly – Ali Sabri, PC


Whatever the reason given, in 2005 the vast majority of the Tamils from the North and East and even in Colombo did not go to the polling booths to exercise their franchise. The result, as they say, is history. Yet it is imperative for that history to now be reflected upon seriously. The President who got elected partly due to the decision taken by Tamils not to exercise their franchise ruled over the entire country for the next 10 years, with grave effects for all. On the eve of another Presidential election, where some are calling for new boycotts or putting up candidates deliberately to draw votes from the main contenders, the lessons of the 2005 boycott are particularly worth considering.


We have only five more days before we know, what fate lies ahead for minorities in this country. In every campaign platform in the north and east, what I see is racism and hatemongering centred around minorities. Divide and rule has been the norm of Sinhala Governments since independence, but in this election it has reached a level we have never witnessed before.


The frontline campaigners of SLPP, especially in the north and east, are collecting voters for Gota through outright hate mongering. Their campaigns are all about asking people not to support Sajith because Muslims are with them, or to support Gota because he will put the Muslims in their place. In areas where Karuna, Pillaiyan et al are campaigning, venom is being spit against the Muslims, with appeals to Tamils to vote for Gota if they want to keep the Muslims under control. The irony is that the very same pro-SLPP forces have successfully gotten Hisbullah to use the same language to woo the extremist Muslims against the Tamils and even Sinhalese!


Such tactics are made possible this time in large part because the “Yahapalana” Government failed to deliver on the reforms it promised and left so many in desperate plight as a result.  In the north and east, war-affected communities are being urged not to cast their votes, and being told that whether it is Sajith or Gota, neither is going to solve their issues. When ITAK, after a prolonged silence, decided to support Sajith in their last party meeting in Vavuniya, one of the mothers representing the families of disappeared tried to throw a slipper at the TNA Leader Sampanthan.


On another front, the Muslims are either ridiculed or threatened about the negative consequences of voting for Sajith and the NDF – warnings often given by their own community’s scare mongers.  One of the ongoing scare tactics, to keep voters away, is the confusion created around the dress code of Muslim women. There was a request apparently from the police that the Muslim women wearing the burkha and the nikkab can create panic at the booths thus banning it is vital for a peaceful election. One wonders why this is an issue to begin with, because Muslim women before the Easter Sunday suicide bombings did go to the polling stations, stood in lines and removed their face cover to reveal their identities before voting. They did so during every election without any issues. Given the recent harassment they faced based on their attire in places like Government buildings and public transportation these women, especially those Muslim women living in the areas that were attacked by mobs after the Easter Sunday bombings are really frightened and may not turn up in the same numbers as before.


The October 26th coup in 2018 was a nerve-wracking reminder – especially to the 6,217,162 voters who rejected MR – that the Rajapaksas are willing to bulldoze our most basic democratic institutions to regain what they unexpectedly lost in 2015. Defeating that backdoor entry of MR was possible only because the minority parties – TNA, SLMC, ACMC, and TPA – stuck together and defended democracy. Now the SLPP is trying proactively to stop that minority grouping from helping Sajith get elected. This the SLPP is doing by pitching the Tamils against Muslims. Knowing well that the war-affected minorities will never deliberately wish to bring back to power those whom they blame most for the large-scale atrocities they endured, their tactic seems to be to prevent anti-Gota voters from going to the polling booth by persuading minorities voters that there is no use in electing any Sinhala leader.


The third tactic is to hoodwink the voters who will never mark 1 or X to Gota by getting them to spoil their vote. One group allied to Gotabhaya’s campaign in Batticaloa has told a group of Tamil women to put three Xs to fully exercise their preferential votes knowing that these women will never vote for their candidate.  To begin with almost 2 foot long ballot paper and 35 candidates itself is creating confusion and then the preferential vote of marking 1 to 3 and the option of using X or 1 to 3 is compounding the confusion.


The minorities; Tamils and Muslims are not really convinced by what the candidates are promising and have little enthusiasm to go to the polling station attracted by their policies or manifestos. However, they should drag themselves to the polling booths on November 16 to exercise their right of franchise to participate in electing one or preventing another as citizens of this country whether the one is to be elected is a greater or lesser evil, their ballots should be counted.


*Shreen Abdul Saroor is a human rights activist and founder member of Women’s Action Network.

 

It’s reported that ITAK officials emerging from a meeting in Vavuniya saw slippers being thrown at them by members of families whose loved ones had gone missing

http://www.dailymirror.lk/news-features/Will-Sri-Lanka-elect-A-president-by-default/131-177615

 

Will usher in a golden era of development: Sajith

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New Democratic Front (NDF) presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa, who wound up his election campaign last night at Maradana, pledged to build an undivided nation and begin a golden era of development if he were elected president on November 16.

“My party will not harass rivalries if I win the election. If elected to office on November 16, I will commence work immediately and appoint a young team to run the country,” he said addressing a rally held earlier in Hambantota.

“I will appoint Ranjan Ramanayake as the minister in charge of the subject that deals with corrupted persons. We don’t need persons whose expiry date had lapsed. We will include the young and those who have a clean record to government positions,” he said.

Minutes later, he called Deputy Minister Ramanayake to call over near the podium only to announce that he would be given the task of dealing with corrupted people.

Also, he said no one should work towards pulling out anyone from the presidential fray over citizenship issues as he preferred to vie the SLPP contender. “I will win the election anyway. Therefore, no one should attempt removing anyone from the race,” he said.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who attended the rally said he had nothing much to say now other than asking people to elect a UNP president in order to prevent a dictatorial government from capturing power.

“We only formed a minority government in 2015. The president was not from our party. However, an opportunity had arrived to have a UNP president elected and then to form UNP controlled provincial councils," he said.

He added that Colombo Central was a place where the UNP had begun its success stories. “It is from Colombo Central where the late presidents J.R. Jayewardene and R. Premadasa were elected as Heads of State. It is from Colombo Central where people will elect Sajith as president," he said. (Yohan Perera)

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Rajapaksas are playing the Racist card - TNA

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All the political parties affiliated to the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) representing the Tamil community especially in the North and East, have pledged their full support to New Democratic Front Presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa. Five days ahead of the election, the Daily Mirror interviewed TNA MP and leading lawyer M. A. Sumanthiran who explained the reasons for the decision to support Premadasa and why the Tamil community would resist the return of Rajapaksas to power. Excerpts;

 

Q The Gotabaya Rajapaksa camp alleged that there are translation differences among Sinhala, Tamil and English versions of Sajith Premadasa’s manifesto with regard to the solution on ethnic issue. What is your view?

There are no differences. Sajith has agreed for the same constitutional process that has now reached the draft stage. One cannot conclude without knowing the manifesto and the journey of its process. So in that process there are two interim reports and this is how the words have been used. In Sinhala the word ‘Ekeeya’ is being used. In Tamil and English the equivalent words for unitary is not used. So ‘Ekeeya’ is used in the sense where it is one country. And there is a definition is given. In the interim report also it is clearly explained and a definition has been given. So the definition is not unitary neither federal. It merely says it’s one undivided and indivisible country in which powers of governance are in the centre and province as laid down in the Constitution. You don’t have to give it a label of any sort. India is not described as a unitary or federal state. Many countries in the world don’t describe these terms. We in Sri Lanka did not describe it until 1972. Soulbury Constitution never mentioned about unitary neither did it say federal. So you can have your own terms. The word Ekeeya denotes one, and just in case it is misunderstood as unitary that has been defined in the draft. But that doesn’t conclude as federal. What we wanted to do was to resolve the issue rather than hanging on with empty labels. I agree on the content and that we managed to do. And if you were to have some consensus, we had to annul that label. But we agreed to used the word ‘Ekeeya’ in Sinhala as literary meaning of that word only means one, nothing else. And Mahinda Rajapaksa should know this as his representatives were in the steering committee. We had long discussions on this. And now to come up with this statement as if he has discovered something new, is  a move  to deliberately mislead the people.

 

"If Gotabaya wins, our worry is that the process might not only be stopped but the land that have been released might be taken again"

 

Q So do you mean that Mahinda Rajapaksa is not telling the truth...

He is playing a racist card and trying to excite the people by showing that deliberate misleading is taking place. In fact, over a period of three and-a-half to four years, these have been discussed and consensus was reached. And it was in writing and has been made public. So Mr. Rajapaksa is deliberately trying to whip up the Sinhala nationalistic feelings against the others.

Q You have decided to support NDF Presidential Candidate Sajith Premadasa. Do you think this is the view and the decision of the entire Tamil community you represent?

Yes. When the election results come, you would see it. It is both ways. We have listened carefully to the sentiments of our people in making that decision and our people also carefully heed our advice when they vote. So it is a two-way process.

Q What about the divisions in the Tamil political arena?

There are no divisions in the Tamil political circuit. The TNA represents the Tamil people and nobody else does. We have 16 MPs out of 18 Tamil members representing the North and East. Even the other two; namely Douglas Devananda and Vijayakala Maheswaran were not elected for one seat. They came in through the highest number of floating votes. Therefore no one can say that there is disunity and there are others outside. We represent the Tamil people and there are others who were not elected. You won’t see this kind of unity in any other community in the country. So we have been given the mandate by the Tamil people, not anybody else. But we do consult with the others and we never stand against unity. We discuss with other political formations all the time but responsibility of making decisions eventually rest in our hands.

 

"we must first settle the issues and do the Constitutional reforms. And if that is done then, we will certainly invite the diaspora to come and invest"

 

Q Before 2015 the Nothern people complained that their lands have not been returned and in 2015 the govt said most of the lands were returned to their original owners. Do you agree with this and are you satisfied with the government policy on this issue?

A lot of lands have been returned. Government claims that 90 percent of private lands have been returned. It may not be 90 percent but about 80 percent. That is a huge achievement. Because at the end of 2013, the then government had stopped the process of releasing lands. And it had issued notice to acquire the remaining lands. But that process was stalled and more lands were released and there are still more to be released. But large portions have been released to the people’s for occupation. And that is a big triumph for us.

Q Do you believe if Sajith Premadasa is elected, the process would be continued?

Yes, it should continue because the process is still underway now. But if Gotabaya wins, our worry is that the process might not only be stopped but the land that have been released might be taken again.

Q There were some complaints by the Nothern people that there were heavy military presence in the peninsula. How do you react to these complaints?

For the past four years to five years, we have not seen heavy military presence. They are in the barracks. They hardly come out. That is in Jaffna. But in Vanni and a few other places, there were more prominent military presence. However, over the period of time it has been downsized.

Q There are also fears circulated specially in the South with regard to the opening the Palali airport for international flights attributing political reasons for it. What is your view?

We used to have flights from Palai to India up to the early 1980s. They were stopped because of the hostilities. Now that the way is over the flights should have started long time ago. Infact Mahinda Rajapaksas time when the Indian consulate in Jaffna was opened Minster S. M. Krishna came and at the opening ceremony he mentioned this that we must start the flights again. So it is high time that we started it.

 

"There are no divisions in the Tamil political circuit. The TNA represents the Tamil people and nobody else does. We have 16 MPs out of 18 Tamil members representing the North and East"

 

Q What about the issue of disappearances in the North? This has not being solved?
The disappearances issue is one that has been dragged on most without any result. But the Office of Missing Person was established, moneys were allocated and work has started but the progress has been very very slow leading the relatives being disillusioned. But the disappearance issue itself is a difficult issue and ten years on when there is no signs of anybody, how does one resolve it. Of course there should be investigation in each case. The relatives must know what happened to that person, so that this office is supposed to do. They still don’t seemed to have got their act together for various reason.

Q It is not only in the North and East but we saw there were alleged abductions and disappearances took place in South even in Colombo as well. There is an ongoing case of 11 Tamil students who were abducted. There were allegations of the involvement of Navy as well. What is your view?

Yes that has been found out as some people in the Navy did it for ransom. And the CID investigated and provided reports to the Magistrate. And there again there is evidence of interference in the processes. I saw that seven person had been indicted for the disappearance  of journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda. But that is taking too much time because of kind of people who are involved in it.

Q But President promoted, a very senior Naval officer who is alleged to be involved in the incident?

Yes this happened when he comes under pressure to give into their side. But if it under Rajapaksa there won’t be that flip-flop and that all will be all in one direction that it will happen.

 

" In fact, over a period of three and-a-half to four years, these have been discussed and consensus was reached. And it was in writing and has been made public. So Mr. Rajapaksa is deliberately trying to whip up the Sinhala nationalistic feelings against the others"

 

Q There were hopes specially under last governments that the Tamils in the foreign countries would come back to Sri Lanka and invest and develop specially the North and East. What have you got to say about this?

That hasn’t happened to the levels we expected. But there seemed to be good reasons for that. People are still very apprehensive that the political situation here has not been estabilised. So if there is a political solution, a new constitution something like that, then I think that will give them adequate confidence to come back and invest.

Q If Sajith Premadasa, the candidate you support wins would you invite the Tamil community to come back to Sri Lanka?

No, we must first settle the issues and do the Constitutional reforms. And if that is done then, we will certainly invite the diaspora to come and invest.

 

http://www.dailymirror.lk/opinion/Rajapaksas-are-playing-the-Racist-card-TNA/231-177590

 

 

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Sri Lankan author attacked ahead of key presidential polls

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Attack comes a week after Lasantha Wijeratne published a book criticising the main opposition candidate.

Armed men have stabbed and injured a Sri Lankan writer in the southern Galle district, a week after he published a book criticising the main opposition candidate in Saturday's presidential polls, police said.

The attackers stormed the home of Lasantha Wijeratne on Thursday, who released his book Wasteful Development and Corruption last week and gave a copy to the ruling party candidate Sajith Premadasa."Four men broke into the house and stabbed him in the arm after holding a pistol to his wife's head," Wijeratne's lawyer Tharaka Nanayakkara told AFP news agency by telephone. "They smashed furniture before escaping."
Local media published a photo appearing to show Wijeratne in hospital with a bandaged arm, while Sri Lanka's Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) said on Twitter that the writer had been injured in the hand.

Nanayakkara said the attackers accused Wijeratne of harming the campaign of Gotabaya Rajapaksa who is believed to be in a close race with Premadasa for the presidency.Gotabaya is the brother of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, during whose decade in power until 2015 at least 14 journalists were killed, according to Reporters Without Borders.
Police said they have launched an investigation into the incident in the south of the island nation, but were yet to arrest any suspects.
It came even as Election Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya said the campaign had been relatively peaceful compared with previous polls.
However, he said the behaviour of both private and state-controlled television networks had been highly biased and he hoped to prosecute offenders after the election.


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No media organisation has yet been prosecuted for violating election laws, but last week, Deshapriya banned a state TV network from broadcasting any political content after accusing it of partisan coverage.
However, the Commission reversed the move the next day following protests that it was not being even-handed with all media outlets violating campaign rules governing broadcasts.
"The run-up to the election was relatively peaceful, but the campaign in the media is the worst we have ever seen," Deshapriya said.

Campaign rallies ended on Wednesday night leaving a two-day cooling period before Saturday's poll in which 16 million people are eligible to elect a leader from a record 35 candidates - including two Buddhist monks and just one woman.  Frontrunners Premadasa and Rajapaksa wrapped up their final rallies amid tight security involving hundreds of elite police and paramilitary units.  Premadasa, 52, is the son of assassinated President Ranasinghe Premadasa, who was killed in a suicide bombing in 1993 carried out by Tamil separatists, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).  Gotabya Rajapaksa narrowly escaped a suicide bomb attack in 2006 blamed on the LTTE.  While ethnic tensions have eased, this year the country was rocked by coordinated bombings on Easter Sunday that killed at least 269 people.   The European Union on Wednesday despatched 30 additional election observers around the country, joining 50 who have been in Sri Lanka for a month following the campaign.

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THE SEVEN UNDER THE SHADE OF ALLAH (SWT)

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The Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h.) said: "There are seven whom Allah will shade in His Shade on the Day when there is no shade except His Shade: a just ruler; a youth who grew up in the worship of Allah, the Mighty and Majestic; a man whose heart is attached to the mosques; two men who love each other for Allah's sake, meeting for that and parting upon that; a man who is called by a woman of beauty and position (for illegal intercourse), but be says: 'I fear Allah', a man who gives in charity and hides it, such that his left hand does not know what his right hand gives in charity; and a man who remembered Allah in private and so his eyes shed tears.'"

(Abu Hurairah & collected in Saheeh al-Bukhari (English trans.) vol.1, p.356, no.629 & Saheeh Muslim (English trans.) vol.2, p.493, no.2248)

In this beautiful Hadith, the Prophet (p.b.u.h.) spoke about small acts of worship which result in such a huge reward: shade on the Day when there will be no shade except His Shade. This may not seem like much at first but then reflect upon the following Hadith: 'On the Day of Resurrection, the sun would draw so close to the people that there would be left a distance of only one mile. The people will be submerged in perspiration according to their deeds, some up to their ankles, some up to their knees, some up to the waist and some would have the bridle of perspiration and, while saying this, the Messenger of Allah put his hand towards his mouth.' (al Miqdaad ibn Aswad & collected in Saheeh Muslim (Eng. trans) vol.4, p.1487-8, no. 6852}.

And in another Hadith, some will be submerged in sweat 'seventy arm-lengths in the earth.' (Abu Hurairah and collected in Saheeh al-Bukhari (Eng. trans.) vol.8, p.353, no.539) and Muslim (Eng. trans.) vol.4, p.l487, no.6851)

So who would want more then, on this Day, than to be under the Shade and protection of Allah Azza wa Jall?

Let us examine now the characteristics and virtues of these seven categories of people who will be worthy of such an exalted position on the Day of Gathering:

1. 'A Just Ruler'

The concept of Justice in Islam is very important and it is something which the Muslim - Ruler and the ruled - must apply in all matters without exception. Justice means to give each the right he deserves: Muslim or non-Muslim, relative or stranger, friend or enemy. Allah says: '...And do not let hatred cause you to act unjustly, that is nearer to piety (al-Maa'idah 8).

Unfortunately, even if we admit this in theory, we quickly forget it in practice. So we find that when we speak about our friends and loved ones, we praise them beyond reason and when we speak about those whom we hold difference with, we can find no good in them and we just capitalize on their bad points. This is far removed from the justice which Allah loves and gives great reward for, as mentioned in the following Hadith: 'The doers of justice will be on thrones of light at Allah's Right Hand - and both of Allah's Hands are Right Hands" - those who were just in their Ruling, with their families and in all that over which they were given authority.

The Prophet assigning to Abdullah Ibn Mas'ud the open spaces in Madina between the dwellings and palm gardens of the Ansar, and when the Banu Abd Ibn Zuhrah said, "Remove from us the son of Umm Abd (Ibn Mas'ud)," replying, 'Why then did Allah send me? Allah does not bless a people among whom a weak man is not given his right.'" (Baghawi transmitted it in Sharh as-Sunnah. Sunan at-Tirmidhi no.3003)

The concept of justice is most important for the Ruler, since he is in charge of his people and the primary disposer of justice in the land. For this reason, the Ruler is given special mention as one of the seven who will be honored with Allah's Shade.

2 'A youth who grew up in the worship of Allah'

The great scholar, Ayyoob as-Sakhtiyaanee (d.131H) said, "From the success of a youth is that Allah guides him to a scholar of the Sunnah. (Hasan - Reported in Sharh Usoolis-Sunnah of al-Laalikaa'ee no.30).

Indeed, it is a great blessing from Allah for a youth to be guided towards worship and be befriended by the righteous, since it is in youth that a person is most vulnerable to the temptations of life and liable to drift away from the Islamic Path. This becomes apparent when we look at society around us and we see that most of the worldly distractions, such as music, games, clubs, fashion etc. are all specifically targeted at the young. "You're only young once!" they are told, which is why many Muslims nowadays waste their youth thinking that they will pray, wear Hijaab and go to Hajj, etc. when they are old, as if they have a guarantee of longevity from Allah! How well we would do to heed the Prophet's advice when he said: 'Take benefit of five before five: your youth before your old age, your health before your sickness, your wealth before your poverty, your free time before you are preoccupied and your life before your death.' Sahih - Narrated by Ibn Abbaas & collected in al-Haakim & others. Authenticated by Shaikh 'Alee ibn 'Abdul Hameed in Forty Hadith of the Call and the Caller.

3. 'A man whose heart is attached to the mosques'

There is great encouragement in the Sunnah for men to pray in the mosques and the reward associated with it is tremendous. Not only does it make the person eligible for Allah's Shade on the day of Judgment, but, 'he does not take a step towards the mosque except that because of it, he is raised by one rank and one sin is removed from him. Then when he prays, the Angels do not cease supplicating for him (for) as long as he remains at his place of Prayer (sayings): O Allah send blessings upon him, O Allah have mercy upon him...' (Abu Hurairah & collected in Sahih al-Bukhari (Eng. trans.) vol. 1 p.352 no.620).

It must be emphasized here however, that all the Hadith encouraging the men to be attached to the mosques are not intended to lead one to the conclusion that Islam is a religion which should be confined to the mosques, as many people imagine. Nonetheless, the mosque should be at the heart of the Muslim community, and the role of those in authority of the mosques is vital here. They are the ones mainly responsible for making the mosque a welcome refuge for the Muslims, rather than an arena for politics and power struggles as many seem to have become these days. And we seek Allah's refuge from this!

4. 'Two men who love each other for Allah's sake, meeting for that and parting upon that'

Having mutual love for the sake of Allah is one of the great doors leading to the good of the Hereafter and a cause of tasting the sweetness of Eemaan in this world. Loving one another for Allah's sake means that the Muslim does not love another except for the correctness of his Deen. So it does not matter what the person looks like, what he wears, how rich or poor he is, where he comes from, or what the color of his skin is - perhaps you dislike everything about him, but you love him for his Eemaan: this is loving for Allah's sake.

'Allah, the Mighty and Magnificent says: 'Those who have mutual love for the sake of My Glory will have pillars of light and will be envied the Prophets and martyrs.' (Sahih - Collected in Sunan at-Tirmidhee & Musnad Ahmad: 5/336-7).

Subhan Allah! Imagine being envied by Allah's chosen Messengers and those who were slain in His Path! Such is the reward of those who love one another for Allah's sake.

5. 'A man who is called by a woman of beauty and position but he says: 'I fear Allah'

This world is full of temptations which lead to burning in the Fire and amongst them is that which comes from women. Many a man has led his soul into destruction on account of the lure of a woman which is why the Prophet warned his Ummah specifically about this. He said, "The world is sweet and green and verily Allah is going to install you as successors upon it in order to see how you act. So avoid the allurement of women: verily the first trial for the Children of Israa'eel was caused by women." (Aboo Sa'eed al-Khudree & collected in Saheeh Muslim (Eng. trans.) vol.4, p.1432, no.6606)

The most important provision which we need to protect ourselves from this and all other temptations in life is the fear (khawf) of Allah. This fact is alluded to in the following Quranic Ayah: "And as for him who feared standing before his Lord and restrained himself from impure evil desires, verily Paradise will be his abode." (an- Naazi'aat:40-41)

6. 'A man who gives in charity and hides it, such that his left hand does not know what his right hand gives in charity'

This describes the type of person who goes to great lengths to protect himself from ar-Riyaa. Ar-Riyaa means to do deeds in order to earn the praise and recognition of people. This sin destroys all the benefits that lie in righteous deeds and brings on a serious punishment for the one who commits it. It is particularly dangerous because it is in man's nature to desire and enjoy the praise of others. Thus, great care has to be token to ensure that one's intentions begin and remain pure whenever good actions (such as charity) are being done. Not like what we see today where we have mosque notice boards announcing who gave what to whom, why and when! Allah warns: "O you who believe! Do not render vain your charity by reminders of your generosity or by injury, like him who spends his wealth to be seen of men and he does not believe in Allah nor in the Last Day." (al-Baqarah:264). May Allah preserve us from this.

7. 'A man who remembered Allah in private and so his eyes shed tears.'

Our noble Prophet (p.b.u.h.) informed us: "If you knew what l knew, you would laugh little and weep much." (Aboo Hurairah and Anas & collected in Saheeh al-Bukhari (Eng. trans.) vol.8, p.326-327, nos.492 and 493)

Crying is not a sissy thing to do. The Prophet, who was the best of all creations, would weep as would all of his Companions. Tears are a genuine expression of fear of Allah's Punishment and of our sincere love and awe of Him. But how often do we remember Allah in seclusion and are then moved to tears? How much do we laugh and how little do we weep? The Prophet said, 'There is nothing more beloved to Allah than two drops and two marks: A tear shed due to fear of Allah, and a drop of blood spilled in the path of Allah. And as for the two marks, then a mark caused in the path of Allah, and a mark caused by fulfilling one of the duties made obligatory by Allah." (Hasan - collected by at-Tirmidhee and al-Mishkaat: 3837)

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New Zealand cabinet agrees on tougher gun laws in principle: PM

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New Zealand cabinet agrees on tougher gun laws in principle: PM

Jacinda Ardern also announces an inquiry into Christchurch mosque attacks that left 50 people dead.

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New Zealand cabinet agrees on tougher gun laws in principle: PM
Ardern said the details are still to be worked out but the changes to the country's firearms laws will be announced in full within 10 days [The Office of the Prime Minister of New Zealand via Getty Images]

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday that her cabinet has made an in-principle decision to tighten gun ownership in the aftermath of the Christchurch mosques massacre.

"We have made a decision as a cabinet, we are unified," said Ardern.

The New Zealand prime minister also announced an inquiry into the mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch on Friday that left 50 people dead.

Ardern said the details are still to be worked out but the changes to the country's firearms laws will be announced in full within 10 days.

She also said that while the man charged with carrying out the shootings was not a New Zealand citizen, it could not ignore the problem of white supremacy supporters within the country.

A Christchurch gun shop on Monday acknowledged selling guns online to the 28-year-old white supremacist accused of killing 50 people in mosque shootings.

Anti-immigrant manifesto

At a news conference, "Gun City" owner David Tipple said the store sold four guns and ammunition to suspect Brenton Harrison Tarrant through a "police-verified online mail-order process".

Ardern has said the attacker used five guns, two of them semi-automatic, which were purchased with an ordinary gun licence and modified.

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It was not clear if any of the firearms Tarrant purchased from Gun City were used in Friday's shootings.

"We detected nothing extraordinary about this licence holder," Tipple said, referring to the shooter.

Gun City has been criticised for leaving out a roadside advertising billboard that shows a parent helping children with rifle target practice in the wake of the shootings.

On Monday, Tarrant's lawyer said his client was not mentally unstable and planned to represent himself in the court.

At his first court appearance, Tarrant didn't speak but appeared unrepentant, smirking at journalists and flashing an upside down "okay" sign - a symbol associated with white power groups around the world.

The suspect had posted a muddled, 74-page anti-immigrant manifesto online before the attacks and apparently used a helmet-mounted camera to broadcast live video of the slaughter.

Facebook said it removed 1.5 million videos of the shootings during the first 24 hours after the massacre.

The revelation in a tweet provided a chilling snapshot of how quickly provocative and often disturbing images circulate on the internet.

Delay in burials

The New Zealand prime minister, who has earned praise for the handling of the mass shootings, said her view is that more can "and should" be done to prevent such content from being shared on social media.

Ardern was the first signatory of a national condolence book for the country's worst mass killing that she opened in the capital Wellington on Monday.

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"On behalf of all New Zealanders, we grieve together. We are one. They are us," she wrote in the book.

Frustration was building among the families of victims as under Islam it is custom to conduct burials within 24 hours, but bodies will not be released until post-mortems are carried out.

Deputy Police Commissioner Wally Haumaha said the first body was approved for release on Sunday night, but the family was yet to take the body because another relative was also killed and they wanted to collect them together. He said there would be no burials on Monday.

"We've been working fairly hard through the night to ensure the process of returning the deceased to their loved ones is taking place expediently," he said.

The burial process, which usually involves washing with three kinds of water, salving wounds and scrubbing skin, would be complicated, volunteers in Christchurch said.

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Grief and frustration as families wait to bury NZ attack victims

Racked by anguish, the relatives of those murdered in two mosque attacks are desperate to lay loved ones to rest.

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Christchurch, New Zealand - In a quiet corner of Memorial Park Cemetery, the graves dug out for the dozens of Muslim worshippers murdered in the worst mass shooting in New Zealand's modern history stretch out, row upon row, in every direction.

Around them sit mounds of excavated soil, waiting to fill in the gaping holes carefully carved out of the earth.

Elsewhere, grieving mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, daughters and sons are waiting, too.

More than 48 hours after a suspected far-right gunman killed at least 50 people during what has been labelled a "terrorist" attack on two Christchurch mosques, the relatives of those missing and presumed dead are racked by anguish, desperate to lay their loved ones to rest.

"I haven't slept for two days," 31-year-old Farhana Akhter says outside a makeshift victim support centre in Christchurch, a city that is home to a few thousand Muslims.

"I can't eat or drink; I need to see my aunt's body as soon as possible … so we can have relief."

Farhana Akhter and Nusrat Alam say they have been informed by authorities that their aunt, Husna Ahmed, was killed in Friday's attack [David Child/Al Jazeera]

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Akhter's relative, Husna Ahmed, was among the more than 40 people shot dead on Friday at the Al Noor mosque in central Christchurch - one of the two places of worship that came under attack, the other being Linwood mosque, some seven kilometres away.

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A 28-year-old Australian man, identified as Brenton Harrison Tarrant, has been charged with one count of murder, with many more expected.

In his own words, published in a rambling, racist and overtly white-supremacist online manifesto minutes before the attack, the suspect said he had decided "to commit to violence" against non-whites and immigrants, arguing they were destroying societal cohesion.

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Farhana Akhter tells Al Jazeera about her aunt’s courage during the mass shootings on two mosques in Christchurch on Friday.

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Husna, 45, was attending Friday prayers, as usual, when the gunman armed with semiautomatic rifles and high-capacity magazines stormed Al Noor mosque and opened fire indiscriminately on everyone inside.

"My auntie, she was ushering all the ladies out to make sure they all got out," says 19-year-old Nusrat Alam, another niece of Husna's.

"She came back in, to look for my uncle, who is disabled, and that's when she was shot by the gunman," she adds.

"It's a very big step to see the body. A lot of other people are frustrated like us too."

Authorities pledge speed, sensitivity

Authorities in New Zealand have not made official public statements naming the victims, but have pledged to move as swiftly as possible in returning bodies to the victims' families, while stressing the need for accurate identification and evidence gathering first.

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said some bodies would be returned to victims' families on Sunday evening and expressed hope that all of those killed would be with their relatives again by Wednesday at the latest.

Ardern's comments came after Mike Bush, New Zealand's police chief, said officials were "aware of the cultural and religious needs" of Muslim victims, identifying and releasing bodies as "quickly and sensitively as possible".

Muslims are customarily buried within 24 hours of death. Before their burial, the bodies are washed and wrapped in a white shroud so that funeral prayers can be conducted.

The delay enforced in the aftermath of Friday's tragedy is deeply traumatising, but understandable given the scale of the attack, says 44-year-old Waleed Washsh on the outskirts of a public vigil at the Al Noor mosque.

"It is still difficult for a lot of people not to be able to see their loved ones and the dead bodies, even just to get reassurance that they have passed away," adds Washsh, who lost three friends in the attack.

"But we have a lot of confidence that the government and their agencies are doing their absolute best and they are working around the clock to get those names identified."

'A beautiful soul'

Help is coming from other corners, too.

Family members, members of the Muslim community and others have travelled to Christchurch from various places across New Zealand in a bid to help out as volunteers in the aftermath of the mosque attacks.

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Javed Dadabhai, who says his cousin Junaid was murdered on Friday, is one of them. He flew down from Auckland, New Zealand's biggest city and home to most of the country's 50,000 Muslims.

"My cousin was a beautiful soul; he was very softly spoken and a very kind-hearted person. He was just gentle," Dadabhai, 30, says.

"He expressed that in every part of his life," he adds.

Now Dadabhai is part of a team helping organise the release of Junaid's and others' bodies and, in time, their burials. He says that could take the volunteers, which are coordinating with authorities, up to a week.

"The families have been so patient with regards to how long this process has taken," Dadabhai says.

"From an Islamic point of view, there was a want to receive the dead immediately and start the grieving process ... but they realise that this is not like any other incident, especially in New Zealand ... so it's a stop-start to the families' grieving process - they want to begin it but they are being paused too," he adds.

"Hopefully it's going to get better though, as the names [of those killed] are starting to get released to the families, you can see they feel they are finally allowed to cry, to release some of their grief."

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Media captionJacinda Ardern: "This can only be described as a terrorist attack"

 

Forty people have been killed and more than 20 wounded in shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Australian prime minister Scott Morrison described the gunman, who had Australian citizenship, as an "extremist, right-wing" terrorist.

Four people - three men and one woman - were in custody in connection with the shooting, New Zealand police said.

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern called it one of New Zealand's darkest days".

What do we know at this point?

New Zealand police commissioner Mike Bush confirmed that "multiple fatalities" were recorded at two locations.

The first report of an attack came from the Al Noor mosque, located in central Christchurch. Witnesses told local media they ran for their lives, and saw people bleeding on the ground outside the building.

A second mosque in the suburb of Linwood was evacuated, but there were few details from that site.

Police also defused "a number of IEDs (explosive devices) attached to vehicles", Mr Bush said.

Authorities advised all mosques in the city to shut down until further notice. Armed police were also seen at Papanui High School in Christchurch, which was cordoned off.

It was not immediately clear how many gunmen there were. The Australian suspect is believed to have published a manifesto outlining his intentions, in which he espoused far right and anti-immigrant ideology.

He also appeared to have livestreamed on Facebook from a head-mounted camera as he shot victims in a mosque. Police called on the public not to share the "extremely distressing" footage online.

Facebook said it had removed the shooter's Facebook and Instagram accounts and was working to remove any copies of the footage.

What happened at the mosques?

The sequence of events remains unclear and has mostly come via eyewitness reports to local media.

A file picture of the Al Noor Mosque on Deans Avenue in Christchurch, New ZealandImage copyrightREUTERSImage captionThe Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand - location of one of the shootings

One unnamed survivor told TV New Zealand he was at the Al Noor mosque, and saw a gunman shoot a man directly in the chest. The attacker reportedly targeted the men's prayer room in the mosque, then moved to the women's room.

"What I did was basically just waiting and praying, God please, let this guy run out of bullets," the witness said. "He came to this side, he shot this side, he went to another room and went to the ladies' section and shot them. I just heard one of the ladies has died."

A Palestinian man who asked not to be named told the AFP news agency he heard rapid gunfire and saw a man shot in the head.

"I heard three quick shots, then after about 10 seconds it started again - it must have been an automatic, no one could pull a trigger that quick," he said. "Then people started running out. Some were covered in blood."

Map of the location of the shootings

A second mosque in the suburb of Linwood was also evacuated. The police commissioner said "multiple fatalities" were recorded at two locations.

How have authorities responded?

Multiple casualties were brought to Christchurch Hospital where there was a heavy police presence. A spokeswoman said Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) had activated its mass casualty plan, the New Zealand news site Stuff.co.nz reported.

Police earlier cleared Cathedral Square, where thousands of children had been holding a rally for action on climate change.

Police Commissioner Bush said: "Police are responding with its full capability to manage the situation, but the risk environment remains extremely high. Police recommend that residents across Christchurch remain off the streets and indoors until further notice."

A lockdown on all schools in Christchurch was lifted, and parents told could collect their children.

 

Media captionPeople injured in the shooting have been arriving in ambulances at a hospital in Christchurch

 

Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison tweeted: "I'm horrified by the reports I'm following of the serious shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand. The situation is still unfolding but our thoughts and prayers are with our Kiwi cousins."

Cricket team escape attack

The Bangladesh national cricket team appeared to have narrowly escaped the shooting. A reporter following the team, which was due to play New Zealand in a now-cancelled test match on Saturday, tweeted that the team had "escaped from a mosque near Hagley Park where there were active shooters".

Player Tamim Iqbal tweeted that the "entire team got saved from active shooters".

Bangladesh Cricket Board spokesman Jalal Yunus said most of the team had gone to mosque by bus and were about to go inside when the incident took place.

"They are safe. But they are mentally shocked. We have asked the team to stay confined in the hotel," he told the AFP news agency.

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