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US State Department: International Religious Freedom Report 2012 - Sri Lanka

 

US State Department: International Religious Freedom Report 2012 - Sri Lanka

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How the JHU Anti-Conversion Law Violates Fundamental Freedoms

The question whether one person has a right to convert another to one's religion must clearly be answered in the negative. However a connected question is whether one person may seek to convert another. Here the answer is yes because it arises from the freedom of expression and is specified in the International Covenant on Civil & Political Rights Article 18. The right of free expression applies to religious truths and religious values too. People are all the time seeking to express their views to others and expect to convert them to their social, economic, political views....

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An Interview with the General Secretary of the National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka Mr. Godfrey Yogarajah on the Proposed Anti-Conversion Laws

Q. Mr. Yogarajah, if you are to make a one sentence comment about the proposed anti-conversion Bill, what would it be?

A. It is a violation of one's fundamental and human rights.

Q. How can these laws affect the Sri Lankan community, particularly the Church?...

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Anti-conversion bills: An Orwellian nightmare?

Asanga Welikala

What I see as the illiberal spectre of anti-conversion legislation has loomed into focus once again with the preparation by the JHU of a private member's bill, and the UPFA government responding with a bill of its own....

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Legislation Driven by Conversion Phobia

Watching the film of Victor Hugo's book 'Les Miserable' on TV a few days ago, I was reminded of one of the most moving and inspiring encounters ever described....

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The Menzingen Determination and the Supreme Court: A Liberal Critique

The Supreme Court delivered a determination in August this year on a challenge to a Private Member's Bill which sought to incorporate an order of nuns of the Roman Catholic Church. The Supreme Court has in recent years dealt with two very similar cases wherein Bills for the incorporation of two Christian bodies were held to be unconstitutional. This bench followed those rulings in substance while also invoking for the first time since this Constitution was promulgated in 1978, the foremost place of Buddhism guaranteed by Article 9....

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Buddhism – ‘Foremost Place’ vs. ‘State Religion’

Sri Lanka ’s Constitution contains a separate chapter on Buddhism. This chapter contains of Article 9, which reads “The Republic of Sri Lanka shall give to Buddhism the foremost place...

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