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Sri Lanka Muslim Congress to discuss the controversy over the report given to UN High Commissioner

2014 Mar 08

The Muslim ally of Sri Lanka's governing party, the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) will meet this week and discuss the controversy over handing over a report on attacks on religious institutions in the country to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay.

SLMC Leader Rauf Hakeem has said the party's key decision making body the High Command, is scheduled to meet on Thursday (06) to discuss the matter.

Hakeem was taken to task by the President over the report handed by the SLMC to Pillay and asked the SLMC Leader to decide whether the party wanted to continue in the government.

Hakeem however had said the report was handed over by the SLMC General Secretary.

The SLMC document has reportedly highlighted the attacks on the Muslims and Christians in the country by Buddhist extremists and the government's failure to take any action on the attacks.

Meanwhile, SLMC General Secretary M.T. Hassan Ali has said that the Muslims were greatly affected by the war and there has not been proper representation to discuss the grievances of the Muslim people.

He has explained that while everyone had explained their grievances at the Geneva forum it has not been done with regard to the Muslims and a report on the issues faced by the Muslims were handed over for that reason.

Hassan Ali has added that the report was not against the government and that it conveyed the grievances of the Muslim people.

The local Daily Mirror reported that the High Commissioner has leaked the document to the Tamil Diaspora and they were visiting Muslim countries friendly to Sri Lanka in an effort to turn their votes against Sri Lanka for the US- sponsored resolution at the UNHRC.

Two coalition parties of Sri Lankan government have however, started a campaign against the SLMC.

The National Freedom Front (NFF) led by Minister Wimal Weerawansa says the SLMC had concocted facts to discredit the government.


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