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ACMC to highlight Muslims' grievances to LLRC

ACMC to highlight Muslims' grievances to LLRC

2010 Nov 22

The All Ceylon Muslim Congress (ACMC) said yesterday the party would in its submission to the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) highlight the grievances of the Muslim Community.

ACMC Leader and Industrial Development and Commerce Minister Rishad Badiudeen told the Tamil Mirror Online the party’s decision was made after the party high command meeting recently.  

We had already asked the commission to give a date for our party submissions, Minister Badiudeen said.

Meanwhile, the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress had decided to submit their submission to the LLRC.The LLRC has been appointed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa after several incidents that allegedly took place between the period February 21, 2002 to May 19, 2009.

The Citizen’s Commission which had made its submissions already had raised the issues faced by the Muslims today and had pointed out that Northern Muslims feel the state has not adequately acknowledged Northern Muslims experience of Ethnic cleansing at the hands of the LTTE given that the expulsion remains inadequately integrated into the history of the Sri Lankan conflict, and it said the Northern Muslims want the state to formulate a presidential commission of inquiry into the expulsion and it is hoped that the findings and recommendations of the commission as well as submissions such as this would persuade the state to formulate such a commission to ascertain and address the needs of the Northern Muslims.

The members of the commission said the Tamil community leaders and government officials have generally welcomed the return of Muslims when talking to commissioners. However, on the ground people feel that the administration is conducted by people who do not know the Muslims and are not sympathetic to their return. After all the North has been a mono ethnic place for twenty years.

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