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  • European Court of Human Rights judgment on French laws banning the niqab and burqa
    Lena Mohamed looks at the June 2014 judgment in the ECtHR over the French ban on face veils. Background to the legislation The Act of Parliament prohibiting individuals from concealing their faces in public was enacted by the French Senate in September 2010 following a virulent anti-Muslim campaign by the government, initiated by the then President, Nicholas Sarkozy, in his controversial 2009 speech. In the wake of the 2008 global economic crash and the general decline in the President’s popularity, the need for a scapegoat and a distraction became...
  • ජාතික ෂූරා සභා මහා සභා රැස්වීමෙහි ඒකමතිකව සම්මත වූ තීරණ
    ​ 20-08-2014
    ​2014 අගෝස්තු 17 වැනි දින ජාතික ෂූරා සභාවේ සභාපති තාරික් මහුමූද් මුලසුන දැරූ එකී සංවිධානයේ මහා රැස්වීමෙහි ඒකමතිකව සම්මත කර ගන්නා ලද තීරණ ජාතික මට්ටමේ මුස්ලිම් සංවිධානවල සාමාජිකයන් සහ විවිධ ක්ෂේත්‍රවල මුස්ලිම් විද්වතුන්ගේ එකමුතුවක් වන ජාතික ෂූරා සභාවේ මහා රැස්වීම පසුගිය 2014 අගෝස්තු 17 වැනි දින පවත්වන...
  • Hajj tour operators meet BBS
    Hajj tour operators meet BBS
    by: Faizer Shaheid

    Disgruntled Hajj tour operators on Wednesday (20) met members of the Bodhu Bala Sena (BBS) to air their grievances over the Haj Pilgrimage quotas allocated to them by the HaJj Committee headed by Senior Minister A.H.M. Fowzie.

    A group of 10 Hajj operators had filed a case in the Supreme Court citing that disproportionate quotas were being distributed among Hajj operators. According to M.M. Mohamed, President of one of the Hajj Operator...
  • Islamic terrorism threat to SL : Gotabaya
    FRIDAY, 22 AUGUST 2014 10:30 In a paper published in the latest issue of the US Defence Department’s journal “Prism”, Sri Lanka’s Defence Secretary, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, has reiterated his belief that Islamic terrorism poses a threat to Sri Lanka.

    Since the LTTE’s defeat, some of the Muslim groups in Lanka have begun to engage in activities that go “far beyond self-protection”, he said in the journal brought out by the Center for Complex Operations (CCO).

  • බොදුබල සේනාවට කරන්න පුළුවන් ඉටිගෙඩියක්‌ නෑ
    August 22, 2014 at 12:01 am | lanka C news මේ රටේ සිංහල, දෙමළ හා මුස්‌ලිම් ජන වර්ග අතර ගැටුම් ඇතිකොට ආණ්‌ඩුවේ සුළු ජන ඡන්ද පදනම බිඳ දමා ආණ්‌ඩුවත් ජනාධිපතිවරයාත් විනාශ කිරීම සඳහා විශාල කුමන්ත්‍රණයක්‌ ක්‍රියාත්මක වන බව පැහැදිලි යෑයි ධීවර හා ජලජ සම්පත් අමාත්‍ය දොස්‌තර රාජිත සේනාරත්න මහතා පවසයි. ඇමැතිවරයා මේ බව ප්‍රකාශ කළේ සාකච්ඡාවකට එක්‌වෙමිනි. එහිදී...
  • The more evils will open up before them
    The more evils will open up before them
    "The more people increase in comfort and luxury and the more they open up before the people , the more evils will open up before them. It is comfort and luxury that destroys a person. Because if a person was to concern himself with comfort and luxury and providing enjoyment to his body, he will become negligent of providing enjoyment to his heart, and his greatest worry will become providing enjoyment to this body that is doomed to become worms and rotten.

    This is the ordeal, and this is what has harmed people today. You can hardly find anyone except that they say: "What is our palace? What is our car? What is our furniture? What is our food?" Even those who study knowledge, some of them only study in order to gain rank or status to reach the blessings of the Dunya. As if man was...
  • Video: Protest over Gaza attack
    TUESDAY, 19 AUGUST 2014 18:29

    State sector trade unions staged a protest outside the Fort Railway Station over Israel’s military campaign in Gaza. They handed over a letter to the Presidential Secretariat. Pix by Pradeep Pathirana
  • Video: BBS raps Mervyn
    TUESDAY, 19 AUGUST 2014 16:48 Minister Mervyn Silva should correct himself first before making allegations against others, the General Secretary of Bodu Bala Sena Ven. Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera said today.
    “We would like to invite Minister Silva to set himself right and then to correct his son instead of accusing others,” the Thera told a news conference as a response to a question posed by media.

    Earlier, during a meeting with the Mahanayakes Minister Silva had criticised the language used by BBS monks in the recent past. The Thera...
  • Letter to IGP on the ​Meeting Organized by SSP, Mt. Lavinia - In SINHALA
      ​​ ​2014 අගෝස්තු 14 එන්. කේ. ඉලංගකෝන් මහතා පොලිස්පති පොලිස් මූලස්ථානය, කොළඹ ගරු පොලිස්පතිතුමනි,
    ​​​2014 අගොස්තු 4 වැනි දින​ ​ගල්කිස්ස ජ්‍යෙෂ්ඨ පොලිස් අධිකාරිවරයා විසින් දෙහිවල ජයසිංහ ශාලාවේ සංවිධානය කරන ලද රැස්වීම පිළිබඳවයි
      ​ මුස්ලිම්වරුන් හා ඔවුන්ගේ ආගමික වතාවත් සහ අගමික ස්ථාන, ඔවුන්ගේ සංස්කෘතික චර්යා...
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  • Palestinian joy as Israel agrees Gaza truce
    Hamas and Israel agree long-term deal which will ease Israeli blockade of enclave after talks brokered by Egypt. Thousands of Palestinians are celebrating in Gaza after Israel and Palestinian groups agreed an open-ended ceasefire to end seven weeks of fighting in Gaza. The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, said on Tuesday from the occupied West Bank that a formula had been accepted by all parties and that a ceasefire had gone into effect at 1600 GMT. He hailed the agreement as a chance to "build a new nation and end the occupation", before thanking Egypt, Qatar and the US for their roles in brokering the agreement made during indirect talks in Cairo. The Reuters and AP news agencies quoted Israeli officials as saying that the Israeli government had accepted the deal. Israeli media reported the same. Hamas's exiled deputy leader, Moussa Abu Marzouk, said the agreement was a "victory for the resistance". Crowds took to the bombed-out streets of Gaza to celebrate the end of hostilities....
  • Mourning Gaza
    Who and how will mourn and honour the slaughter of Palestinians in Gaza? Last updated: 23 Aug 2014 12:34
    Hamid Dabashi is the Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. In Peter Paul Rubens' "Massacre of the Innocents" (1636-1638), we see a European artist's rendition of the Biblical story of infanticide by Herod the Great, the Roman-appointed King of Palestine as recorded in the Gospel of Matthew. Rubens was not the first artist, or the last, to depict this key narrative in the history of Christianity. In each...
  • Israel strikes Gaza targets after rocket fire
    Israel hits "terrorism targets" in Gaza and ends truce talks after three rockets land in Israel, violating ceasefire.   More than 2,000 people have been killed in the latest Gaza war [Reuters] Israel has launched air strikes on "terrorism targets" in Gaza and recalled negotiators from Cairo after three rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel, as efforts to agree a permanent ceasefire appeared to unravel. The Israeli military said that rockets landed in open areas near the town of Beersheeva. Sources told Al Jazeera that they were fired from nearby Shujayea. Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, ordered his army to attack targets in Gaza, and recalled from Cairo negotiators who were involved in indirect talks with Palestinians on a permanent ceasefire. "In response to Hamas's violation of the truce, the prime minister and defence minister have ordered the IDF...
  • Palestinians and Israel agree Gaza ceasefire
    Israeli officials have agreed to a deal negotiated by Palestinians in Cairo for a new 72-hour ceasefire in Gaza following mediation by Egypt. Egypt said it had received "simultaneous consensus" from both sides for the truce which will begin at 21:00 GMT on Sunday. Israel will send negotiators to the Egyptian capital on Monday if the truce holds. The Egyptian foreign ministry called for the immediate ceasefire "given the necessity to protect innocent blood." It called on both sides to use the lull to "reach a comprehensive and permanent ceasefire." A previous 72-hour ceasefire brokered by Cairo ended on Friday morning, with the conflict resuming between Israel and Hamas, who run the Gaza Strip. Israel withdrew from truce negotiations in Cairo on Friday, soon after the previous ceasefire ended in a firestorm of violence. As of Sunday afternoon, the death toll in Gaza had reached 1,939. According to the UN, about 73 percent of the people killed were civilians. A total of 64...
  • Hamas says no Gaza truce extension agreed
    Israel reportedly offers unconditional ceasefire renewal but Hamas says no deal can be reached unless demands met. A leader of the Palestinian group Hamas has said there will not be a renewal of the Gaza ceasefire that ends on Friday unless Israel meets some of its demands. Ismael Radwan told Al Jazeera: “The truce will not be renewed; it cannot be renewed without real achievements. As we speak, no response has been received to Hamas’s demands, which means there is no breakthrough in this respect.” A 72-hour deal brokered by Egypt took effect on Tuesday, bringing relief to residents in the Gaza Strip after four weeks of fighting and heavy bombardment. Israeli media has reported that Israel was offering to extend the ceasefire for another 72 hours unconditionally. Al Jazeera's Nicole Johnston, reporting from Jerusalem, said there were also reports in Egyptian media that the truce could be extended but few details were coming out of Cairo on any progress made with...
  • Netanyahu: Israel will 'continue to act in full scale' against Hamas
    By Laura Smith-Spark, Mariano Castillo and Salma Abdelaziz, CNN August 2, 2014 -- Updated 1944 GMT (0344 HKT) Gaza City (CNN) -- The bloodshed in Gaza showed no sign of letting up Saturday, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowing to "continue to act in full scale" against Hamas until all militant tunnels are destroyed. In the past day, 50 Palestinians have breen reported killed amid renewed Israeli shelling that followed accusations that Palestinian militants captured an Israeli soldier. The fate of the soldier, identified by the Israel Defense Forces as 2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin, remains unclear. Netanyahu told reporters in Tel Aviv Saturday that Israeli troops "managed to hurt severely" the capability of Hamas during the Gaza operation. "Israel will do everything to bring our kidnapped soldier home," he said, offering his condolences to the families of Israeli soldiers killed during the incursion. Netanyahu said Israeli forces will "continue to act in full scale"...
  • Palestinian youths 'executed' in Gaza town
    Witnesses tell Al Jazeera six youths were taken to a bathroom in a house in Khuzaa and executed by Israeli forces.     Israel and Palestinian groups are blaming each other for violating a 72-hour truce that broke down just hours after coming into effect on Friday. An Al Jazeera team arrived at Khuzaa in Khan Younis to find people retrieving decomposing bodies from homes. Witnesses said six youths had been taken to a house and executed by Israeli forces. The bodies were left there for several days. One man said: "It is a mass execution of six Palestinian youths who were brought to this bathroom. Look at the gunshots on the wall." Source: Al Jazeera
  • In Pictures: Gaza Devastation
    Displaced Palestinians across the Gaza Strip took advantage of a brief ceasefire on Friday to inspect their homes. But the lull in fighting was short-lived - within two hours, the truce collapsed with Israel and Hamas blaming each other for violating the agreement. Thousands of buildings have been damaged since Israel began bombardment of the besieged territory on July 8. Mosques, hospitals, residential buildings and schools have been targeted.
    View As Slideshow >> /AP Photo/Khalil Hamra Residents returned to Khuzaa, east of Khan Younis, during the truce on Friday.

    /AP Photo/Khalil Hamra Khuzaa has been heavily bombarded during Israel's offensive.

    /MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images Thousands of buildings have been damaged in the Israeli offensive.

    /MARCO LONGARI/AFP/Getty Images Palestinians salvage...
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European Court of Human Rights judgment on French laws banning the niqab and burqa

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Lena Mohamed looks at the June 2014 judgment in the ECtHR over the French ban on face veils.

Background to the legislation

The Act of Parliament prohibiting individuals from concealing their faces in public was enacted by the French Senate in September 2010 following a virulent anti-Muslim campaign by the government, initiated by the then President, Nicholas Sarkozy, in his controversial 2009 speech.

In the wake of the 2008 global economic crash and the general decline in the President’s popularity, the need for a scapegoat and a distraction became manifest, and in a trend seen across Europe, Muslim communities were targeted.


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