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Take All Possible Measures To Revoke Death Sentence On Sri Lankan Domestic Worker: CSOs Tell Govt

185 Civil Society activists and 40 organisations have today urged the respective authorities to take all possible measures to revoke the death sentence and ensure the migrant worker’s safe return to Sri Lanka.

A 45 year old, unnamed Sri Lankan migrant domestic worker and mother of 4 has been sentenced to death by stoning in Saudi Arabia for ‘adultery.’

We publish below the statement in full;

Death Sentence Imposed on a Sri Lankan Migrant Worker in Saudi Arabia

We the undersigned express our deep dismay and distress that as a yet unnamed Sri Lankan housemaid living in Saudi Arabia has been found guilty of adultery and has been sentenced to death by stoning.

stoningAccording to newspaper reports, a court in Riyadh sentenced the woman, reportedly a mother of two, based on her confession. The male worker involved in the case who has been found guilty of fornication (as he is not married) has been given a sentence of 100 lashes. Little is known of the circumstances of the case; generally these cases are difficult to prove as it must be corroborated by four male witnesses or eight female witnesses. However since the woman pleaded guilty the case has been exempted from this standard of proof.

In response to the conviction, the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) and the Ministry of Foreign Employment has expressed concern and instructed the Sri Lankan Embassy in Saudi Arabia to take all steps to save the convicted woman. The SLBFE has hired a lawyer to appear on behalf of the woman in order to obtain a revocation of the death sentence. Minister Thalatha Athukorale has however noted that this would be an uphill task given that the woman has confessed to the offence.

This is the second instance that a Sri Lankan housemaid has been given the death sentence. Previously Rizana Nafeek was beheaded on 9th January 2013 for the alleged murder of a four-month old baby boy. Nafeek’s conviction was also based on a confession, which she later claimed was made under duress and without linguistic assistance. Following a case which dragged on for five years and despite appeals made by the government of Sri Lanka and international and local women’s and human rights organisations, the Saudi government went ahead with her execution in January 2013.

According to Amnesty International, Saudi Arabia is amongst the top three countries that implement the death penalty and the majority of those who are executed are foreign nationals convicted for non-lethal crimes such as adultery, apostasy, sorcery and witchcraft.

We appeal to THE RESPECTIVE AUTHORITIES TO take all possible measures to revoke the death sentence and ensure the migrant worker’s safe return to Sri Lanka. We EARNESTLY call on you to expeditiously bring to bear all possible means to ensure that the migrant worker is granted justice. We further call on you to ensure that Sri Lankan migrant workers are granted all possible support and protection to ensure their human rights.

Sincerely

Action Network for Migrant Workers (ACTFORM)
Centre for Policy Alternatives
Centre for Social Concerns, Jaela
Ceylon Workers Red Flag Union
Citizens Voice for Justice and Peace
Domestic Workers Union
Families of the Disappeared
Kantha Shakthi Forum
Lanka Estate Workers Union
United Federation of Labour
Lawyers Collective for democracy
Muslim Women’s Research and Action Forum
Red Flag Women’s Movement
Rights Now
Rural Women’s Front, Galle
Savisthri Women’s Movement for Justice
Sri Lanka Women’s NGO Forum (SLWNGOF)
Suriya Women’s Development Centre, Batticaloa
Trikone Cultural Centre
Woman’s Power
Women and Media Collective (WMC)
Women In Need
Women’s Resource Center, Kurunegala
Association for War Affected Women, Kandy
Christian Workers fellowship (CWF)Women Action Network, Jaffna
Future In Our Hands
The Grassrooted Trust
Coalition for Educational development
SAHODARATHWA SANSADAYA
Christian Alliance for Social Action (CASA)
Centre for Peacebuilding and Reconciliation
Inter Relligious Federation of Ampara District (IRFAD)
Al Minan Women’s Society – Kalmunai
Fathima Women’s Society – Central Camp
Nisha Women’s Society Kalmunai
Ambikai Women’s Society – Central Camp
Malar Villy Society Central Camp
Sivasakthi Women’s Society Central Camp
Ina Ottrumaikana Pengal Abiviruthy  Ondriyam Central Camp
Women’s Political Academy

Amal Mohamed
Amita Weerasinghe
Ameena Hussein
Anberiya Hanifa
Ann Jabbar
Ainslie Joseph
Annie Kurian
Anoma Alankara
Anoma Manoranjani
Aparna Gurusinghe
Aasha
A.H.H.Aqila
Asma Jabir
Arafa Jaleel Khan
Azra Abdul Cader
Balachandran Gowthaman
Balasingham Skanthakumar
Bhavani Fonseka
Bhoomi Harendran
Britto Fernando
Camena Gunaratne
Chandani K.A Malagammana
Chandralal Colombage
Cayathri. D
Caryll Tozer
Chandrika Gadiewasam
Christine Perera
Chulani Kodikara
D.R.Jayathilake
David Gunaratnam
Damaris Wickremesekera
Deeptha Bandara
Dhammika Karunaratne
Dharmasiri Bandaranayake
Dinushika Dissanayake
Elanda Delwala
Faizun Zackariya
Fahrun Muthalif
Farzana Jaleel Khan
Florine Marzook
G.W.Padmaseeli
Gamini Ruberu
Gamini Viyangoda
Gehan Gunatilleke
Geethika Rupasinghe
Gratian A. Peiris
H.M. Subharatne Menike
Harini Amarasuriya
Hans Billimoria
Hilmy Ahamed
Hishama Matheen
Hemalatha
H.Nuwaiza
Hyshyama Hamin
Iman Mohamed
Indra Swarnaseeli
Inshira Laffir
Irina Jabir
Jagath Siriwardena
Dr. Jameel,
Jezima Ismail
Jailabdeen Shiam
Prof. Jayantha Seneviratne
K.A.Jayasinghe Perera
J. Madanaruby
Kalani Subasinghe
Kumudini Samuel
K.Nishanthini
K.Wijeyluxmy
K. Vinoja
K.L.M.Azeez
Fr Kirubairajah
Kusum Siriwardena
Lesley Sirimane
Leila Udayar
Lallani Kalupahans
Linus Jayathilaka
Dr L Solomons
Dinoo Mumthahana J.
M. Indrawathi
Mahendran Thiruvarangan
Maithree Wickramasinghe
Marisa de Silva
Mahinda Jayawardena
Mala Dissanayake
Mary Heather White
Menaha Kandasamy
Menike Wannisooriya
Melisha Yapa
Mirak Raheem
Mohamed Nuhman
Mujeebur Rahman
M.M.Jenita
M.S.Thevagowry
Nayagara Jinadasa
Nadira Salih
Neil Priyantha Fernando

Nimalka Fernando
Noorul Zaniha Jainulabdeen
N. Zairina Ariff
Nishani Punchihewa
Nirmalani Perera
Nimnaz Jabir
Padma  Pushpakanthi
Paba Deshapriya
Pavithra Sajeevani
Philip Setunga
Piyumi Tharaka
Priyadarshanie Ariyaratne
Prabha Gurusinghe
P.Selvaratnam
Preethika Weerawansa
Premapala Hewabatage
Prema Gamage
Paul Hogan
Ranga Bandaranayake
Rajee Clerk
Ralston Weinman
Ramzeen Azeez
Rani Jayasinghe
Ranjani Mallika
Ratna Sandaseeli
Rajany. C.
Rev. Jason J. Selvaraja, Assembly of God, Chavakachcheri
Rev. M. V. E.  Ravichandran, Jaffna Diocesan Catholic Youth Federation
Riyani
Rikaza Laffir
Rohini Dep Weerasinghe
Rohini Hensman
Roshani Fernandopulle
Ruki Fernando
Rushdi Zackariya
Ruwendi Wakwella
R.Logitha
S. Ananthi
S.G.Nishanthini
Sathyavani
Sandya Salgado
Savithri Wijesekera
Sepali Kottegoda
Selvi Sachithanandam
Shafinaz Hassendeen
Shreen Saroor
Sampath Samarakoon
S.A.M.Jabir
S. R. H. Hoole
S.Unesh Kunalan
Sheila Richards
Shirani Rathnaweera
Shiromi Pathirana
Sithy Nabeesa Deen
Shyamala Gomez
Shyamala Sivagurunathan
Shamini
Shafnaaz Harees
Silma Mohideen Ahamed
Sriyani Pathirage
Sriyanie Wijesundara
Sudarshana Gunawardene
Sunil Ranasinghe
Sumi Kerison
Supipi Jayawardena
Smriti Daniel
Shiranee Dissanayake
S. Rubiya
Tanuja Thurairajah
T. Chandramohan
Thiagi Piyadasa
Thilaka Liyanage
Thissanthini
U.P.M Pathirana
U.L.Hafeela
U.L.Sameena
U.L.Hassen
Udeni Thewarapperuma
Yasmin Azeez
Vasuki Jeyasankar
Vasanthagowri
Visaka Dharmadasa
Viola Perera
Visaka Bandaranayake
W.A. Dayani
Wasantha Dissanayake
Zuhri Zackariya
Zulfika Ismail

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    The NGOs are doing a good job by putting pressure on the state to act otherwise complacent and inapt institutions run by self serving politicians and bureaucrats.

    On the other hand there is a lynch mob clamouring for activating death penalty in this island and in this forum too.

    The NGOs should visit these morons with their message of humanity.

    Most of the morons want to stop capital punishment in Saudi while happily condoning the same inhumane punishment or wanting to restore in this island.

    Hypocrisy has been taken to dizzying height. That is the problem with noisy minority, who are bent on dismantling anything remotely decent.

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      Dear 185 Civil Society activists and 40 organisations,

      RE: Take All Possible Measures To Revoke Death Sentence On Sri Lankan Domestic Worker: CSOs Tell Govt

      Thank you very much for your efforts.

      However, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia claims it bases its Laws based on Gods, Allah’s Law, which they call Sharia Law. Point out to the Sri Lankan Govt., and the Saudi Arabian authorities that, while we respect their laws, we want Saudi Arabia to apply God’s Law as stated as claimed and given in the Holy Quran.

      So, Say it Like This

      Your Highness the King of Saudi Arabia and the State of Sri Lanka,

      RE: Stoning to Death the Sri Lankan Maid-Was that Allah’s Will?

      Peace be Upon You and upon Mankind.

      The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia claims it bases its Laws based on Gods, Allah’s Law, which you call Sharia Law. We want to point out to the Sri Lankan Govt., and the Saudi Arabian authorities that, while we respect their laws, we want Saudi Arabia to apply God’s Law as stated as claimed and given in the Holy Quran, and the Sri Lankan Govt. to make that request to the Saudi Govt.

      The Holy Quran says 100 Lashes, which you have correctly prescribed for the man.

      However, you have prescribed death by stoning for the women. Nowhere in the Holy Quran, a punishment by stoning is proscribed. Given below is what Allah has prescribed. By Stoning the women to death, you are going against Allah’s Laws, and are now following Satans’s Laws.

      “This is a chapter We have sent down and made obligatory. We have sent down clear revelations in it so that you may take heed: flog the male and the female adulterers and fornicators (الزانية والزاني) one hundred times. Do not let compassion for them keep you from carrying out Allah’s law if you believe in Allah and the Last Day – and ensure a group of believers witnesses the punishment.” (Qur’an 24:2 )

      We urgently request that, you correct the error by the Judges who are ignorant of the Quran and deceived by Satan.

      Please remember that the Satan is deceiving and cunning. The Satan also deceived Prophet Mohamed in the verses Quran 53:19 and 53:20.

      “Have ye thought upon Al-Lat and Al-‘Uzzá
      and Manāt, the third, the other?
      These are the exalted gharāniq, whose intercession is hoped for.”

      which had to be corrected, Quran 53: 21-23.

      “Have ye thought upon Al-Lat and Al-‘Uzza
      And Manat, the third, the other?
      Are yours the males and His the females?
      That indeed were an unfair division!
      They are but names which ye have named, ye and your fathers, for which Allah hath revealed no warrant. They follow but a guess and that which (they) themselves desire. And now the guidance from their Lord hath come unto them.”

      We respectfully request that you review the current stoning penalty given by the Judges to the Sri Lankan Maid.

      Should Saudi Arabia be known as the Land of Double Standards and the Land that Follows Satan?

      Peace be upon you.

      Salaams,

      Amarasiri and The People of Sri Lanka.

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        Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP M.A. Sumanthiran was today verbally confronted by Muslim MPs in Parliament creating chaos the House when he asked whether stoning a person to death had been recommended by Islam’s Shariya Law.

        He said this when referring to the stoning to death of a Sri Lankan woman in Saudi Arabia.

        Muslim MPs shouted at Mr Sumanthiran saying he has no right to talk about Shariya Law. The vociferous cross talk was led by UNP MP S.M. Marikar, Minister Rishard Bathiudeen and several others.

        Mr. Sumanthiran shot back saying he has a right to refer to the teachings of any religion as long as he did not insult any religious discipline.

        He recalled how Jesus Christ confronted the law of ‘stoning a person to death’ as stated in the New Testament.

        Mr. Bathiudeen said all MPs represented in Parliament have made a collective effort to save the Sri Lankan girl from the death sentence ………..

        When the Lankan ambassador to Saudi Arabia Azmi Thassim himself defends the Saudi Barbaric Flawed flaws instead of A Lankan citizen then what justice can they expect. I once saw on the Web how a British National was about to be given 200 Lashes and how the British Government with one voice steeped in to save him and the Custodians of the Saudi Laws in the Casino and Whore Houses in Europe and USA just with a finger Pardoned that person. So much for the so called Flawed Law some of our Muslim MP’s preach. Their Loyalty First should be to the Lankan Nation and fellow citizens. Not the Corrupt Tyrants of Saudi. Today a Teenager of Saudi Arabia is waiting to be Lashed,and then Crucified for protesting in the streets of Saudi the Very Nation who sit in the UN Human rights council supported by the Western nations who preach the said religion of Human Rights.

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          Rishard is a person accused by his boss, the war crime accused and most corrupted Lankan leader as a land thief. The most notorious organization in Lanka the BBS saved the Wilpaththu from Rishad’s cunning, sneak maneuverings. Rishand is a person certified by these people. That is he became Visvamitra by the blessing of Vasidda. He said Sumanthiran does not have rights to talk about Sharia Law. That is a real comedy.

          The call from Rishad like hooligans, who practice in Lankawe their own laws, for respecting the Sharia Terrorism without questioning it, is not different and completely strange new, notions for Lankan who just still trapped into and wiggling of the Patriotism advocated by PhDs like Dayan and infused into them by Old King. These call come only from absolute, ugly self-help behavior. When Mano Ganesan opposed the Dambulla Mosque demolition, just for bone from Old King, Asher asked Mano Ganesan if the done Suneth to talk about Muslims. The political prostitute Hakeem once said Tamils shows of the beggar wound (2009 Mullivaaikkaal) and beg from International Community. They are real rotten rubbish in Sri Lankan Politics goes on sale for a price of pennies and nickels used to be as manure in the farmlands.
          Blasphemy, religious racism, extreme Russian atheism, etc are quite different from straight line politics. As said by Sumanthiran, he took fire from Tamils, for having talked the Northern Muslims issue. This is not the place to debate on that. But, certainly, he is not a blasphemous or religious racist or anti-religious person. Muslims ministers have a habit of taking for any side for the piece of bone.
          The modern Law of a land comes from the science and civilized politics. There is nothing as adultery in science. That is a nature built in into all life being, through evolution for millenniums of years. Murdering a woman is not a solution for that. Modern societies try to cultivate sincerity and truth so that one’s selfish behaviors badly affect another innocent. One’s failing to respect that usually rewarded against by a monetary civil penalty in favor of the looser or the innocent party. Important point here it has to establish that selfish behavior has contributed to looser in his/her loss. In this case it may not work out well. In Lankawe, just for one week official visit, the entire family rewarded with fully paid expense s for the ministers. The woman went alone to an unknown land to keep her family up. The family which was in need of her sacrifice of her comfort should be graceful enough to reward her with the receiving hands to show the understanding for the loss of her sincerity. There is a social cost for a country to ignore the need of the employments for its people. It’s not the woman who tried kept her family fed is not to be blamed; it is the Lankawe voter has to take the pinch.
          Politics of a modern world directly connected to a Law. Saudi Arabia is a country signed and obtained membership at UN. A parliamentarian in Lankawe (I don’t beef up Sumanthiran’s MP-Ship in Lankawe’s parliament for my point. But, I like to draw attention to other Sinhala Ministers’ and MPs’ speech on this. Other Muslim’s ministers, even in Rizana’s case Sinhala – Tamils MPs had a wish of how their citizen of their country had to treated in foreign land) has a right to criticize any Law that appears to be inhuman, and in special circumstances, demand exemption form it for his/her their citizen.
          Sharia is not a Law. It is a cult-religious practice. A Law of a land receive and eject New-s and Old-s practices, as per its citizens’ wish. Sharia does not have the quality to stand up for this Acid Test. It is not a Law of a Land. It is a cult practice applied at as wide as country level in Saudi Arabia. Thus a Sri lankan Parliamentarian has every right to criticize the Sharia Law and call for relief from it for his/her country, with the aid of properly shaped up logical and /or Legal case history citing arguments, which include comparing and contrasting Sharia Law with other countries’ laws.
          As we saw earlier, the current Muslim ministers’ behavior is not much different from the previous teams which were in Parliament during Rizana’s beheading. As a matter of fact, when Rizana’s case started to heat up on Muslims minister hooligans’ buttock, Muslim Minister took a check from Old King and presented to Rizana’s father through the Saudi Prince, who was in Lanka to Build, an Arabic University and spread Wahhabism. Latter that check was confiscated and told by somersaulting Muslim ministers that Rizana’s mother refused to cash the check( so they cashed it). So, few of the special persons talked against the Saria Wahhabi terrorism beheaded Rizana are UNSG Ban-Ki-moon, Prince Charles, Commonwealth Minister Alistair Burt and other IC envoys. But whatever it is, the beheading under-18-Rizana by Sharia Law was against the international Laws for which Saudi is also a contributor. Stone Headed Rishad cannot understand this.

          Ajith P. Perera has requested to stop leasing women to Saudi Arabia, if Saudi go ahead with stone throwing. But, in addition to the notoriety of the Muslims ministers’ selfish behavior, the Sinhala Intellectualism makes the politics more complicate to have this woman freed from the states’ terrorisms. We saw how much the Old King had sold Lankawe’s sovereignty to China in the Port City deals. It was a deal under that the Land was handed over to China and it is now their land. The Yahapalanaya government used it to win the election promising that they will cancel the deal. But when they came to power, naturally, they somersaulted. They Implemented the Port City deals. (But this was not the case of the Indian – Lanka accord). Ajith Perera ‘s talk stand far away from reality. What the truth is going to be is stone throwing will go ahead. The poor woman’s children will be shown and taken away another check for their loss of mother, by a UNP Muslim Minister. Yahapalanaya will double the export of women to Saudi Arabia.

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            Im not going to put my wife in a Hijab, Im not going to put my daugter in a burka and Im not going to get in my all fours and praying to Mecca and you can drop dead if you don’t like it. You can shove it up your pipe. I don’t want to hear about Islam, I dont want to hear one more word about Islam. Take your religion and shove it up your behind. Im sick of you! Christian Bible has been revived several times, Jewish Bible has been revived several times, but Not the Quran thou- they still live in the seventh century. What Quran teaches you is Kill homosexuals, cut the clitoris of women,put women in dark clothing, cut off anyones head who doesn’t agree with you. WHAT KIND OF RELIGION IS THIS?? WHAT KIND OF WORLD ARE YOU LIVING IN WITH THAT THROW BACK DOCUMENT OF YOURS WHICH IS A BOOK OF HATE. where ever you look on the earth there’s a bomb going off or a car going up in flames and its the Muslims screaming for the blood of the Christians or Jews or anyone they hate. They say its a religion of peace, but why don’t they proove its a religion of peace. Put down that book of hate for a minute and tell us why it says on

            Qur’an: 8.39 “So fight them until there is nomore Fitnah (disbelief [non-Muslims]) and all submit to the religion of Allah alone)

            It says if you see a stranger who is not a muslim, either convert him or kill him.

            Qur’an: 9:5 “fight and kill the disbelievers where ever you can find them, take them captive, harrass them lie and wait and ambush them”

            Page after page after page its about a religion that teaches you to either convert of kill, a religion that says kill homosexual, kill the Jew, kill the Christian, kill the infidel, oppress women page after page and we are supposed to sit here and listento this rubbish about the so called “Peaceful religion”.

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      Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera

      Ask them to follow the Quran, not Devil.

      COLOMBO: Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera had an urgent meeting with Saudi Arabia’s chargé d’ affaires in Colombo on Wednesday as part of diplomatic efforts to stop the stoning of a Lankan woman sentenced to death on a charge of having extra-marital relations with a man from her country.

      Minister Samaraweera requested the chargé d’ affaires to arrange a telephone conversation between him and his Saudi counterpart at the earliest.

      The Sri Lankan maid has been sentenced to death by stoning in Saudi Arabia for adultery, but her Sri Lankan partner, an unmarried man, has been sentenced to 100 lashes.

      The stoning is slated for Friday (Dec 4).

      Meanwhile, the National Sangha Council, an umbrella body of Sri Lanka’s Buddhist monks, handed over a letter to the Saudi ambassador urging the government in Riyadh to review the death sentence.

      ***********************

      Your Highness the King of Saudi Arabia and the State of Sri Lanka,

      RE: Stoning to Death the Sri Lankan Maid-Was that Allah’s Will?

      Peace be Upon You and upon Mankind.

      The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia claims it bases its Laws based on Gods, Allah’s Law, which you call Sharia Law. We want to point out to the Sri Lankan Govt., and the Saudi Arabian authorities that, while we respect their laws, we want Saudi Arabia to apply God’s Law as stated as claimed and given in the Holy Quran, and the Sri Lankan Govt. to make that request to the Saudi Govt.

      The Holy Quran says 100 Lashes, which you have correctly prescribed for the man.

      However, you have prescribed death by stoning for the women. Nowhere in the Holy Quran, a punishment by stoning is proscribed. Given below is what Allah has prescribed. By Stoning the women to death, you are going against Allah’s Laws, and are now following Satans’s Laws.

      “This is a chapter We have sent down and made obligatory. We have sent down clear revelations in it so that you may take heed: flog the male and the female adulterers and fornicators (الزانية والزاني) one hundred times. Do not let compassion for them keep you from carrying out Allah’s law if you believe in Allah and the Last Day – and ensure a group of believers witnesses the punishment.” (Qur’an 24:2 )

      We urgently request that, you correct the error by the Judges who are ignorant of the Quran and deceived by Satan.

      Please remember that the Satan is deceiving and cunning. The Satan also deceived Prophet Mohamed in the verses Quran 53:19 and 53:20.

      “Have ye thought upon Al-Lat and Al-‘Uzzá
      and Manāt, the third, the other?
      These are the exalted gharāniq, whose intercession is hoped for.”

      which had to be corrected, Quran 53: 21-23.

      “Have ye thought upon Al-Lat and Al-‘Uzza
      And Manat, the third, the other?
      Are yours the males and His the females?
      That indeed were an unfair division!
      They are but names which ye have named, ye and your fathers, for which Allah hath revealed no warrant. They follow but a guess and that which (they) themselves desire. And now the guidance from their Lord hath come unto them.”

      We respectfully request that you review the current stoning penalty given by the Judges to the Sri Lankan Maid.

      Should Saudi Arabia be known as the Land of Double Standards and the Land that Follows Satan?

      Peace be upon you.

      Salaams,

      Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera
      and The People of Sri Lanka.

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      Newly appointed Sri Lankan ambassador to Saudi Arabia Azmi Thassim has criticized the local media for their comments on Saudi law of stoning to death. Recently a Sri Lankan house maid was sentenced to death by stoning in Saudi Arabia for alleged relationship with another Si Lankan. Media has criticized the law as inhuman. But the SL ambassador Azmi Thassim depending the saudi decision has told Arab News published in Jedda that “the problem lies with the lack of awareness of local laws. If someone is not happy with the laws of Kingdom, they should choose not to come.” In fact what the SL Ambassador saying is that the women who is to be stoned to death should not have come to Saudi Arabia and we need to respect the decision of stoning her to death , commented a female human rights defender. Human rights are universal and stoning to death is being condemned world wide today, she further said. Speaking at the Sri Lankan International School in Jeddah he has futher said that “our country is looking forward to a positive change and it is our duty as citizens to work together to put the country first, It is as important to start educating our community back in Sri Lanka that they should understand and respect the laws of Saudi Arabia.” Arab News says that the Ambassador Thassim decried attacks on the rules and regulations of the Kingdom in the Sri Lankan media, He has said that media criticisms can harm our relationship with Saudi Arabia. “This can harm our relationship with Saudi Arabia,” he said. “The problem lies with the lack of awareness of local laws. If someone is not happy with the laws of Kingdom, they should choose not to come.” How can We Expect the Protection of our citizens when the said Ambassador is more concern about the FLAWED Rules and regulations of Saudi. Maybe the SL Ambassador should visit the Prostitute and Casino Houses of London, Paris to see the Saudi Kingdom’s Law Enforcement to discuss about the Law. The Lankan Politicians of all must end the SLave Labour economy created by Lazy and Corrupt Politicians who should be using their Brains to create new Industry that provide jobs in the nation. But we must question the Lankan ambassador to his role as the spokes person of the Terrorist state called Saudi

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        Hema

        “But we must question the Lankan ambassador to his role as the spokes person of the Terrorist state called Saudi”

        Correction:

        But we must question the Lankan ambassador to his role as the spokes person of the Iblisic, Devilish, Satanic, Daesh Terrorist state called Saudi Arabia, that Pretends to follow God, while following Satan, and the Great Satan.

        Saidi Arabia, the ISIS that made it.

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        This punishment is horrendous but it is their law. We are appealing for clemency and to their hearts to pardon this girl. We need to go down on our knees to get this housemaid out. When we have no alternative but only appeal, we cannot start by criticising their law which is supposed to be Islamic. Sri Lankan Ambassador who is representing the Sri Lankan government cannot use strong language and ask for clemency at the same time. I understand that the vvips in the Sri Lankan government are pleading with the Saudi officials. We cannot afford to anger Saudies at this juncture as it will jeapordise our objective. I think in these circumstances, our Ambassador was diplomatic.

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          According to the noble Quran it is right to stone women, involve in peodophelia, cut the clitoris of women who insult islam or commit adultery. When Sumanthiran asked at the Parliament whether according to the Sharia Law if its right to stone women to death, the Muslim MP’s have responded with verbal abuse. [Edited out]

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      Well said Veddah! Hypocrisy is often forgotten amongst the outrage and frenzy.

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      The UN should implement Sharia Law and by implementing there will be 0 crimes in the world. I applaud Saudi Arabia for fully implementing sharia Law in that country. If Sharia Law is made a Law in Sri Lanka there will be peace in Sri Lanka.

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        Mohamed Naufar,

        Exactly. That is why the why the Islamic world is in such upheaval, injustice, brutality, corruption, ignorance & misery.

        The whole world is packed with escaping Muslims from their native lands. Seeking a better life else where.

        What the heck are you doing in SL?

        Please do fly your despicable Wahabi bottom to Riyadh. Enrich the fully Sharia enshrined primitive Saudi soil by letting yourself rot there. Once your days are over.

        We can manage without you. No problem. We will be just fine. Just go.

        Go on then!

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        Saudi Officials seems to have said”It is only a matter of knowing the law”.

        It appears these official are inserting needle into banana. Effortlessly spreading the Sharia by teaching everybody that in the name of jobs. It is very common Hindus converted to muslims to escape the pressure of caste system. The is a sad and stupid situation. Saudi crocodile trying to buy other religions when their own countries fail to provide them the jobs for their basic needs. In other word, what the officials saying is, if your country is not able to provide jobs, we provide you the menial jobs, you change your religions for that bones. They seems to be showing an attitude, if you don’t know the law what do you come here. This the Wahhabi Sharia ethics. It seems to be these crocodiles wants the foreign employment agencies to trap and pack and send more victims for their masters, rather than keep the country free of adultery. A country honestly wants adultery free employees will have the law properly placed on the employment agencies, not on the employees. If that idiot had implied that all those who had not be stoned so far in their employments time, is aware of sharia, he/she does know anything. It is not that all others survived because of they all know that they will be stoned, it is a common practice in all over the world staying away from promiscuity. It is not that they are surviving because of the law knowledge. So, it should have been the government of Saudi Arabia’s responsibility to have ensured that all going to Saudi Arabia on legal businesses should be aware of the this strange law. They should make sure the visitors’ country agents taking responsibility to instruct the employees of the danger of being beheaded during their employment duration. Especially this should be followed when the employee is not a Wahabi Muslim.

        But we all know there were employees complained on their arrival back they were kept as sex-slaves at their master’s house and any complaint of that to police did not work. If Saudi is sincere in keeping adultery really out of their citizens, they have to make sure these employees are able to complain the crimes commited to them also honestly received in the police stations and it is investigated with proper witness protection programs.

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          “Saudi Officials seems to have said”It is only a matter of knowing the law”

          The Saudi Wahhabi, Iblis, Satan, Devil’s Law, that is NOT in the Quran.

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      The Sinhalese housemaid from Maradana was not stoned and she was spared.

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        Her case was simply postponed doesn’t mean she was spared. The Saudis never seem to spare convictions against the poor Muslim migrants from South Asia. Crimes of adultery is rampant among the Europeans and Americans but have you ever heard any of them being lashed let alone stoned to death? It is we who have cheapened ourselves that the Saudis are able to run roughshod over us. We should follow Indonesia and Malaysia and forbid our migrants going there. Because of the downturn of the economy caused by the falling oil revenues, many of the construction workers in Dubai, some of them from Sri Lanka, have not been paid for months and are resorting to begging for food. Their terms of contract prohibit them seeking jobs elsewhere and the few who stole food have been punished most severely. They can’t also return to Sri Lanka as they have no money and their passports are with the employers’ agents. In USA they call it Catch 22 situation.

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    My post on the same subject in another blog

    It is a shame that the “Miracle of Asia” need to send their citizens to such countries to toil as maids to earn a meagre wage to support their families back in Sri Lanka. They work like dogs in locked up houses.
    Inevitably when ever they get a rare opportunity to relase their stress they risk this sort of punishment of being stoned to death.

    Having said that when in Rome behave like Romans

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      [edited out]

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    Our politicians should have learnt from the Rizana incident. Why are we still sending poor Sri Lankans to this despicable nation? Let the Saudis do their own cooking and cleaning, because they seem to be still living in the stone ages, and have double standards when it comes to men and women. Women and unable to drive over there, which seems very backward, and their laws are inhumane. Human beings are weak, and it is natural that people make mistakes, and do not need such primitive punishments that the civilized world condemns.
    The double standards that give men a lighter sentence simply shows that the Saudis have oppressive laws, and those who gather to watch this disgusting punishment, must be sick to enjoy this spectacle.

    Saudi Arabia seems to get away with human rights abuses because the US is one of their chosen allies.
    The power of oil.

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      The West, the Saudi Wahhabis and Putin

      Who represents the Devil, Wahhabis and ISIS?

      The Great Satan and litele Satan – Wahhabis.

      Showing how he is cooperative unlike the US, Putin Asks France for Map of Syria’s Anti-ISIS Rebels to Avoid Bombing Them since NATO claims there are such people there which I find rather ironic as well as ridiculous. This gesture is wasted. France: Assad’s Troops Can Fight ISIS, But Only Without Assad because the entire point of the NATO efforts is to destroy one of the last pro-women’s rights Muslim leaders on earth. This noxious push is, again, a huge thing for the Saudi royals who hate women’s rights and this is why I personally consider them to be my most dire enemies next to any Pope who also is nearly as bad except they have, thank the goddesses, little power over us at this point

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    We are all sinners. No one is perfect. Like the Holy Bible says…
    WHO EVER IS PURE IN HEART WITH NO SIN… LET HIM PELT THE FIRST STONE…

    The Bible is the living word. Screptures speak to us, if you dig into it – you will find tresures…

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    We are all sinners. No one is perfect. Like the Holy Bible says…
    WHO EVER IS PURE IN HEART WITH NO SIN… LET HIM PELT THE FIRST STONE…

    The Bible is the living word. Screptures speak to us, if you dig into it – you will find tresures……

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      Gp

      “We are all sinners. No one is perfect.”

      But the Wahhabis and their clones and the Sri Lankan politicians are more sinners than others,

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    185 Civil Society activists and 40 organisations? It wouldn’t matter whether there were 18,500 Civil Societies and 40,000 organisations. The poor woman is doomed. Oil and unqualified US support have ensured that.

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    There are two separate issues here. On the one hand we have a sovereign country, Saudi Arabia, which has enacted civil and criminal laws based on the Quran as interpreted by their Scholars. On the other hand, Sri Lanka is faced with the prospect of one of their married female citizens being stoned to death after admitting to have committed adultery with an unmarried man who will receive 100 lashes for his ‘crime’.

    The increasingly strident protests generated in Sri Lanka against this form of execution is quite understandable. However, in attempting to obtain some type of reprieve for the Sri Lankan female, the protestors are wrongly targeting the Saudi Government and it’s Shariah-based legal system. What the protestors are in fact attempting to do is to get the Saudi Government to revoke the sentence passed down by their Courts thereby indirectly admitting that the Shariah-based legal system is weak. The protesters are seeking a solution for the second issue by criticizing the first issue. I have grave doubts as to the efficacy of this method.

    To identify a possible solution for the second issue, a more pragmatic approach would have been for Sri Lanka to have sought the support of all her new-found Western friends (who also happen to be friends of Saudi Arabia) and made a collective appeal to the Saudi King to grant a special pardon to this female ‘criminal’ on humanitarian grounds as he is legally entitled to do, which will not be contrary to their Sharia-based legal systems.

    With all the vitriolic statements, public protests and demonstrations being made locally against Saudi Arabia and it’s legal system, it is highly doubtful that even this approach would now work.

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      So you want the SL government to admit that Sharia law is correct and then ask for a pardon. Sharia law is the same savage justice found in the Bible.
      Meanwhile Saudi Arabia’s ambassador at the UN in Geneva, has been elected as chair of a panel of independent experts on the UN Human Rights Council! Wealth can make even a barbarian acceptable at the table.

      http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/anger-after-saudi-arabia-chosen-to-head-key-un-human-rights-panel-10509716.html

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        “So you want the SL government to admit that Sharia law is correct and then ask for a pardon.”

        No, my brother, that is not what I am suggesting. What I am saying is that adopting a strategy aimed at persuading the Saudi King to grant the woman a pardon may be more effective than appealing to the Saudi Courts to revoke their decision, which has been based on Sharia Law.

        The invectives hurled at the Saudi Government in written and vocal form by the many protesters will only serve to harden the stance of the Saudi authorities. On the one hand we are being publicly critical – to the point of being abusive – of their Sharia-based judicial system and concomitantly we are requesting them to rescind the sentence to death by stoning of one of our nationals. Do you really think this ham-fisted technique will work ? Would you even consider granting the request of a person who insults your cherished beliefs ?

        The highly sensitive nature of the problem necessitates the use of quiet, behind-the-scenes diplomacy.

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          You are talking sense. What we are interested is saving this housemaid so we need to be strategic and be diplomatic.

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    These people who are making such a hue and cry about this incident are by and large those who live off the flesh and blood of innocent people like the poor victim.If they don’t do so the funds that come their way from their NGO paymasters will stop.What is the reason?

    If they were really interested in preventing such incidents these so called do gooders should address the issue at the root.That is by having a sustained campaign at village level educating these poor people about the grave risks that they face in Saudi Arabia whilst going for employment . After all it is the most inhuman place on earth as this terrible sentence demonstrates.But these NGO crows would not do that because if they do the problem would stop.With the principle cause of their existence gone the funding too will stop.So it is more profitable ( yes they receive millions of dollars)to allow the problem to exist like an infected sore and make a noise every once in a while.Just have look at the so called demonstrators ( who assembled at the Un office in Colombo )and their sophisticated looks , Guuci sunglasses etc and those who have signed the potion above and it is evident of the Dollars at work.

    Until their is a change in the attitude of these NGOs ,this innocent woman would not be the last Sri Lankan to be put so callously under the sword.

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      Nicely put Village Lass,

      This is waht I have been saying too, in a milder way.

      There is another option too. To mount a covert operation, involving air power, sea power and commandos accompanied by some of these do-gooders to guide them and rescue this poor girl from KSA.

      We had better hurry, because they stoned 51 others to death, just 2 days back. With the mercy of Allah our girl was not among them. Or may be they are running out of stones and with the arrival of the next cargo of stones, she will be in the next batch.

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    Though Saudi Arabia has not accepted UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, it is the present Chairman of the UN Human Rights Council.
    Women’s literacy is 81% but the human rights record is one of the worst among nations.

    Saudi Arabia and the Islamic State (ISIS) have almost equal ‘judicial’ punishments.

    http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/crime-and-punishment-islamic-state-vs-saudi-arabia-1588245666

    Our women who know the punishments for crime in Saudi Arabia, yet commit them, have only themselves to blame.
    The degree of punishment for crimes, vary among nations, and may be most harsh in Saudi Arabia.

    We had harsh punishments for crimes in the days of kandyan kings, but have now evolved a system which, though better, has punishments which do not fit the crime – eg. life imprisonment for mere possession of 30 mg of heroin.
    There is no remedy in this case, unless the King pardons.

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      justice

      “Saudi Arabia and the Islamic State (ISIS) have almost equal ‘judicial’ punishments.”

      http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/crime-and-punishment-islamic-state-vs-saudi-arabia-1588245666

      Why are you surprised?

      Wahhabi Saudi Arabia is the ISIS that Made it. Call it white Daesh. ISIS is Black Daesh.

      Wahhabi Saudi Arabia who follow the Devil, Inblis. They give punishment not prescribed in the Quran. They appoint themselves Kings.

      “Wahabi, Sufi, Salafi and some other labels are misnomers.” They are Iblisis, Devil Followers. They kill other Muslims such as Shia, non-Wahhabis calling then Kuffar, Apostates,

      Saudi Arabia is the Wahhabi ISIS That Made It. ISIS is the Syrian Wahhabis trying to Make It. Both Follow Iblis, Satan, Devil and Wahhabism is the Kingdom of the Devil.

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    Well I wonder where all these goody goody people were when horrific crimes were being committed in Sri Lanka. I wonder where these signatories were when the BBS thugs went on the rampage in Aluthgama, killing and pillaging. We Sri Lankans have this habit of pointing fingers at others when a lot of good can be achieved if we use the same specs to look at ourselves.

    If you want to see barbaric practices go to any police station in Sri Lanka and see what they do to suspects. Go to any prison and see what occurs there. Then make a lengthy submission with all above signatories and present it to the President of Sri Lanka. I doubt you will do it.

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