Sri Lankan cupboard OKs proposed ban on burqas in public

File photograph: A burqa clad Sri Lankan Muslim girl walks in a avenue of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s cupboard on Tuesday accredited a proposed ban on carrying full-face veils, together with Muslim burqas in public, citing nationwide safety grounds, regardless of a UN knowledgeable’s remark that it could violate worldwide regulation. The cupboard accredited the proposal by public safety minister Sarath Weerasekera at its weekly assembly, Weerasekara mentioned on his Fb web page.
The proposal will now be despatched to the lawyer normal and should be accredited by parliament to change into regulation. The federal government holds a majority in parliament and the proposal might simply be handed.
Weerasekara has referred to as burqas, a garment that covers the physique and face worn by some Muslim girls, an indication of spiritual extremism and mentioned a ban would enhance nationwide safety. Sporting of burqas was quickly banned in 2019 after Easter Sunday bomb assaults killed greater than 260 individuals. Two native Muslim teams that had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group had been blamed for the assaults at six areas — two Roman Catholic church buildings, one Protestant church and three prime resorts.
Final month, Pakistani envoy Saad Khattak tweeted {that a} ban would damage the emotions of Muslims. The UN particular rapporteur on freedom of faith or perception, Ahmed Shaheed, tweeted {that a} ban could be incompatible with worldwide regulation and the precise to free non secular expression. Muslims make up about 9% of Sri Lanka’s 22 million individuals, with Buddhists accounting for over 70%.


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