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Religious Leaders Cannot Be Trusted To Reform MMDA: Women’s Action Network

Religious Leaders Cannot Be Trusted To Reform MMDA: Women’s Action Network

Women’s Action Network (WAN*) is appalled and deeply disappointed by recent statements by Rizwe Mufthi, President of the All Ceylon Jamiyathul Ulama (ACJU) in a recent interview, that the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA) is “perfect in the present state” and does not require changes. With religious leaders invoking tradition to block fundamental rights, […]

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Sri Lankan Muslim Clerics Say Women Are Not Equal To Men, Defend Marriage Before Puberty

In an alarming submission made to several parliamentarians and other conservative groups with regard to proposed amendments to the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA), the All Ceylon Jamiyathul Ulama (ACJU) has said that they agree with the Hadith “No people will ever prosper who appoint a woman in charge of their affairs” and therefore a woman […]

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Event: Book Launch At University of Colombo

Prominent Indian Sociologist, Professor S.L. Doshi’s ‘Modernity, Post-modernity and Neo-sociological Theories’ has been edited and translated into Sinhala by Premakumara de Silva and Abeyratne Attanayake as ‘nuthanathwaya, paschath nuthnathwaya and nava samaja vidyatmaka niyaya’. The Book contains 16 chapters within 652 pages including a Sinhala-English glossary. The launching of the book will be held under […]

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Rape Suspect Of A 15 Year-Old Girl Released Without Proper Investigation

Despite the family members of sexually abused 15-year-old girl filing a complaint with the Maskeliya Police Station, the case has not been properly investigated. According to the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) the alleged suspect, who comes from a wealthy family, was simply released. He had appeared before a Magistrate without considering medical reports from two hospitals […]

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Keith Noyahr Attack: Another Army Intelligence Officer Arrested

The CID has arrested a 34 year old Army Corporal attached to the Army Intelligence Directorate over the abduction and assault of senior journalist Keith Noyahr in 2008. Apart from the latest arrest, Five other army officers, including a Major are in remand for allegedly abducting and assaulting Noyahr. The five officers have also been […]

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CID Says Special Unit Under Ex-Director Of Army intelligence Linked To Lasantha Murder

A special unit that functioned under former Director of Army Intelligence, Major General Kapila Hendawitharana has been linked to the murder of Sunday Leader founder editor Lasantha Wickrematunge, the CID told the Mount Lavinia Magistrate today when the case of the slain editor was taken up this morning. According to the CID, Major General Hendawitharana’s […]

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Swine Flu Panic Sets In Sri Lanka

Panic has set among Sri Lankans of a possible Swine Flu (H1N1) outbreak in the country, amidst unconfirmed reports that a large number of Swine Flu affected Maldivians had arrived in Colombo for treatment. An SMS alert making the rounds claimed that over 200 Maldivians with the swine flu had arrived in the country unmonitored […]

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Mangala Says Major General Kamal Gunaratne’s ‘Road To Nandikadal’ Is The Biggest Betrayal To ‘War Heroes’

Serious misconduct including incidents of violence carried out by the army has been highlighted in Major General Kamal Gunaratne’s ‘Road to Nandikadal’ book, said Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera recently. “This book basically confirms everything that the radical Tamil groups have been saying. We are going around telling the international community that there have been no […]

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MP Car Permits Abuse: Right Activist Rejects AG’s Undertaking To Inquire Into The Fraud

When the MP tax-free car permit abuse case taken up for support yesterday the Senior Deputy Solicitor General Viraj Dayarathne, informed the bench comprising of the judges Sisira de Abrew, Priyantha Jayawardena and presided over by the Chief Justice Priyasath Dep that the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) has already decided […]

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Amendment To The Code Of Criminal Procedure Act: HRCSL Sets Out Its Recommendation

The Human Rights Commission has written to the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe conveying its concerns about the proposed amendment to the Code of Criminal Procedure (Special Provisions) Act No 2 of 2013. In the letter the Commission sets out its recommendation to ensure legislative compliance with human rights standards. We publish below the letter in […]

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