» 02/21/2007, 00.00
Melani Manel Perera
Extremist minister in favour of extra-judicial means to “restore order”
Civil society groups slams the newly-appointed environment and natural resources minister, who suggested the possible use of illegal means against those who bring chaos to the country, namely Tamil rebels, journalists, peace and human rights activists.
02/02/2007 SRI LANKA
Theoretician of ‘Sinhalese supremacy’ becomes minister
Patali Champika Ranawaka belongs to the ultra-nationalist monk’s party, which is opposed to the peace process with the rebels and has sponsored a dangerous anti-conversion law.
11/04/2006 SRI LANKA
Anti-conversion bill to become law soon
Members of committee tasked with reviewing bill are appointed. If they approve, the bill will only require third and final reading. Christians are concerned and warn: If the vote is not secret, it will be hard for anyone to vote against the bill.
30/01/2009 SRI LANKA
Anti-conversion bill: minorities fear restrictions on religious freedom
Tabled in January by a party led by Buddhist monks, the draft law could be adopted before the end of next month. Its purpose is to stop people from changing religion under pressure or in exchange of economic advantages. A similar bill had been presented in 2004 but failed after the Supreme Court found it unconstitutional. Protestant Churches have already mobilised against the bill; Catholics are concerned about it and waiting for their bishops to take a stand.
29/07/2005 SRI LANKA
Archbishop of Colombo tells government to respect religious freedom
Archbishop Gomis makes his appeal as two "dangerous" anti-conversion bills make their way through parliament. The recent attack against a local Catholic church was the work of outside fundamentalists who act without reason but to destroy. "The Catholic community is not afraid; fundamentalists are a minority".
15/01/2010 SRI LANKA
Presidential elections: the land issue and refugees
About a thousand delegates from minority groups meet to discuss what urgent priorities to submit to candidates running for office in the upcoming presidential election. Resettling tens of thousands of war refugees and tsunami survivors still homeless and jobless after so many years is one of the most urgent issues that need to be addressed.
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