Archive for June 2010
A group of officers of the Army intelligence unit has visited the mosques at Slave Island , Colombo and conducted a survey purportedly to elicit information about the Muslim visitors to the mosques and the mosque incumbents regarding the sources of income and their assets . The Muslim population of Slave Island following this episode are having strong suspicions that the mosques are also going to be demolished in the same way as their houses were sometime ago.
There are six Muslim mosques in Slave Island and Muslims are in a majority there Last Sunday , an Army officer, Dharmasiri and another of the Army intelligence unit have met the Muslims who are members of the mosque Boards and questioned , what type of Muslims attend mosques? How do the mosques receive funds? Do they receive foreign funds? What are the assets belonging to the mosques ? The ownership of the properties on which the mosques are situated and their extents have also been inquired into. These two officers have taken photographs of the mosques too. When the Mosque Board members have asked from the officers why so much questioning was being done , they have replied that they are doing an investigative survey to re structure the mosques. There are so many mosques which have been damaged due to the war. They must be re built Read the rest of this entry »
Minister Rajitha assured his fullest support to convert Jamiah into a recognized International Islamic University addressing as a special guest at inaugural ceremony of an exhibition held at Naleemiah auditorium.
The Islamic Exhibition under the theme Scientific Miracles of Holy Quran and the Contribution of Muslims to the Human Civilization declared open at Jamiah Naleemiah by Ministers A.H.M Fowzi and Rajitha Senarathna Yesterday 12th June 2010 at 9:00 am.
Inaugural ceremony was chaired by the Director Dr.MAM.Shukry who delivered the Key note address after the recital of Holy Quran by As-Sheik Qamaruzzaman. Minister Dr.Rajtha urged Jamiah Administration to grab the opportunity offered by the government to set up private universities in Sri Lanka, to convert Naleemiah into a recognized Islamic University or an International Islamic University with affiliation to prestigious International Universities abroad offering undergraduates various Read the rest of this entry »
The parents of Sri Lankan maid Rizana Nafeek who is accused of murdering a Saudi newborn in 2005 have appealed to the Human Rights Commission (HRC) to take suitable action for their daughter’s release since she has been languishing in jail for the past five years.
The appeal for clemency was handed to Bandar Al-Aiban, president of the governmental Human Rights Commission through a proxy in Riyadh.
Rizana Nafeek’s case is in appeal after she was found guilty and sentenced to death. She claims the baby choked during bottle feeding and that her earlier confession is invalid because it was taken while she was in police custody and had no legal representation.
She said language barrier was another factor at that time that makes the confession invalid. The parents maintain that she murdered the infant in vengeance on the 7th day of her job.
A three-member high court in Dawadmi, near Riyadh, handed down the death sentence on June 16, 2007 and on July 15 the judgment was appealed by the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) through the Sri Lankan Embassy in Riyadh. Read the rest of this entry »
Former Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir Mohamad who arrived in Sri Lanka yesterday Dr. Mohamad is in Sri Lanka for a business summit. address the 6th Annual Business Awards ceremony of the Sri Lanka Malaysia Business Council. Dr. Mahathir Mohamed has been acclaimed as the architect for transforming Malaysia into a modern economic giant in Asia. He will be the chief guest at the 6th Annual Business Awards of the Sri Lanka Malaysia Business Council to be held in Colombo on 9th of this month. This will be Dr. Mohamed’s second visit to the island. Earlier he arrived in the island and participated as the keynote speaker at the CIMA Global Leaders’ Summit in Colombo in May 2005.
THE challenge for 20-year-old Ahmed Luqman Talib was to follow the trail of blood. Blacking out several times as his captors forced him to drag his broken body up a flight of stairs, pushing and kicking him, the 20-year-old Gold Coast student finally fell through a door. It led to the top deck of the Mavi Marmara, the protest ship on which Israeli commandos killed nine activists during a dawn attack last week. The trail of blood continued to a ladder, up which Talib (pictured above with his wife Jerry Campbell) hauled himself, to where helicopters were evacuating the injured. But he was given no assistance – despite two gaping gunshot wounds in his right leg
Talib had found himself at the sharp end of his deferred course at Bond University – international relations. With demands around the world for an inquiry into the attack on a flotilla that was attempting to break the Israeli siege of Gaza, it seems likely that claims such as these and Israeli counter-claims alleging violence by the protesters, will be tested forensically.
The first draft of Talib’s testimony – and that of his young Australian wife and his sister, who were also on the boat – accuses the Israeli forces and elements of the country’s security apparatus which handled the deportation of almost 700 arrested activists, of cruel and callous conduct.
With his gangly frame spread on the pink linen of his bed in an Istanbul hospital, the young man told the Herald of the moment when he thought he might not the survive wounds he sustained in the opening minutes of the Israeli assault. “I looked down and my legs were drowning in blood. I was getting weaker; it was difficult to breathe,” he said of a realisation that he was willing himself into a sleep from which he believed he might not wake Read the rest of this entry »
Sri Lanka’s Dr. Palitha Kohona has been tasked with investigating the human rights violation charges against Israel. Dr. Kohona, who is the island’s permanent representative at the UN, will lead a special team to Egypt, Jordan and Syria from 08 to 19 of June.
Other members of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories are from Malaysia and Senegal. Since its establishment in 1968, the committee has not been allowed by Israel to visit the Palestine occupied territories.
Malaysia’s former Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir Mohamed is due in Sri Lanka next week, said the ministry of external affairs. He has been acclaimed as the architect of Malaysia’s transformation into a modern economic power in Asia.
Deputy minister Geethanjana Gunawardena will welcome Dr. Mohamed on arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport at Katunayake on June 08.
Dr. Mohamed will attend the sixth annual Malaysia Business Council awards ceremony as its chief guest on June 09. He had previously visited Sri Lanka in May 2005 to participate in the CIMA Global Leaders’ Summit. -colombotoday