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Maithri’s Gazette On Lands Adjacent To Wilpattu National Park

By Latheef Farook – Calculated Move to Prevent Muslim Refugees from returning to their lands? On Friday 24 March 2017 President Maithripala Sirisena signed a gazette notification, during his official visit to Russia, declaring around 100,000 acre lands adjacent to Wilpattu National Park as “forest conserves”. The inevitable question is why it was signed in […]

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The Wilpattu Controversy: Open Letter To The President

By Shahul Hasbullah – Appeal to withhold the Gazette notification (Friday, 24th March 2017) declaring as forest area vast tracks of traditional lands owned by the people of Musali in Mannar District Hon. President Maithripala Sirisena Presidential Secretariat, Colombo. 31/03/2017 Your Excellency, Appeal to withhold the Gazette notification (Friday, 24th March 2017) declaring as forest […]

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President Sirisena Dismissed Muslims, When He Gazetted Lands Around Wilpattu

By Latheef Farook – President Maithripla Sirisena’s Friday 24 March 2017 gazette notification, declaring nearly 100,000 acre lands adjacent to Wilpattu National Park as “forest reserve” has not surprised anyone as he has been pampering the very Sinhala racists whom he pledged to contain. In fact this has been racists wish and President Maithripala has […]

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Sirisena’s Order To Extend Wilpattu National Park: Is It To Please Racists & Deprive Muslims Of Their Lands?

By Latheef Farook – President Maithripala Sirisena’s order on 30 December 2016 to issue a gazette notification extending the land area coming under the Wilpattu National Park has shocked the Muslims who were trying to get back to their own lands to rebuild their shattered lives. They fear that this announcement include nearby villages such […]

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Resettlement Of Muslim IDPs & Issues Of Wilpattu

By Mohamed Shareef Asees – It has been 27 years since the Muslims were forcibly evicted from the Northern Province by the LTTE and have been living in the Puttalam district in many IDP camps in vulnerable conditions. The end of conflict in May 2009 brought a new hope for the resettlement of Muslim IDPs. […]

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The Wilpattu Controversy

By Latheef Farook – A myth to prevent Muslims returning to their traditional lands Musali South in the Mannar District has traditionally been a predominantly Muslim populated area for centuries. Their peaceful life was devastated in October 1990 when they were kicked out of their homes and lands within two hours by the LTTE when it ethnic cleansed the entire […]

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Wilpattu – Where The Lion’s Reign Ends

By Muhammed Fazl

 – “There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest” – Elie Wiesel Much has been said, petitions submitted and protests held, but what is disconcerting to the Muslim community is the absence of even a single case […]

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An Issue About A Non-Issue Wilpattu Land For Resettlement?

By Shahul Hasbullah – An Issue about a non-Issue This is a revised version of a paper of the same title presented at a small gathering of scholars and activists on May 27, 2015. Formally speaking, this is my first engagement in public on the hotly debated issue of Wilpattu land settlement and I hope, it […]

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The Adrenalin Rush To Save The Wilpattu National Park

By Mass L. Usuf – The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) a global monitoring body of internally displaced people worldwide estimates that as of February 2015, there are 90,000 IDPs in Sri Lanka. Most of them live in host communities and others in camps. Some cannot go back to their lands as it has been […]

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How To ‘Solve’ Wilpattu

By Uditha Devapriya – The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) has raised concerns about deforestation around Wilpattu National Park. Four environmental organisations have charged Rishard Bathiudeen of complicity. Now guilt isn’t always about direct involvement. People can be indirectly involved. That is why the allegation that he has cleared more than 18,000 acres of forest land […]

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