Radical Buddhists need to be restrained: Lankan minister

Updated 02 July 2014
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Radical Buddhists need to be restrained: Lankan minister

Sri Lankan Justice Minister Rauf Hakeen called on his government to bring the perpetrators of recent violence in the country to justice.
He lamented that those responsible for waging anti-Muslim violence were roaming free and stressed need to arrest them to restore law and order, the minister said while speaking with Arab News in Colombo.
“The organization and the person who instigated the violence have not been held accountable for their crime,” Hakim said. He praised the Mahinda Rajapaksa government’s efforts for taking relief measures. Hakeem, who is also the leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC), said Muslim families living in remote areas felt insecure in the aftermath of recent incidents of violence.
“A radical group is responsible for all this and unless they are properly dealt with, Muslims cannot live in peace in the country,” he said, recalling the group has been involved in sporadic attacks against Muslims over the past two years.
He regretted that religious worshipping places were also attacked. Security forces are deployed to maintain law and order in the country and there is a legal system to address citizens’ concerns.
“The Muslim community in the island is outraged, angered and frustrated by the violence,” Hakeem said and hoped the government would take action to stop recurrences of violence in the island.
Around 10 percent of the country’s 20 million population are Muslims, most of whom had formed an effective vote bank for the ruling government, but the recent incident has reduced support, due to loss of confidence in the government, Hakim said.
He stressed, “The rule of law should be strictly followed; no one can be above the law, whether he is a Buddhist or a member any other community.” He said despite the violence unleashed by the radical group, the moderate Sinhalese are for communal harmony and want to co-exist peacefully with other communities in the island.
Sri Lanka has in recent times witnessed a spate of violence against the country’s Muslims, the latest being on June 15 when the ultranationalist Buddhist Bodhu Bala Sena (BBS) provoked a rally to violence that left at least four Muslims dead, 80 injured and many houses, both residential and business, destroyed in the town of Aluthgama and surrounding areas.


Makkah gov meets with region’s Law Society Committee panel

Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal receives Nazih Musa, chairman of the regions’s Law Society Committee at his office on Sunday. (SPA)
Updated 23 July 2018
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Makkah gov meets with region’s Law Society Committee panel

Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal received a delegation of the Makkah region’s Law Society Committee headed by its chairman at the headquarters of the Jeddah Emirate on Sunday.

The chairman of the committee, Nazih Musa, briefed the Makkah governor on the committee’s overall functions and the steps it is taking to reach out to the beneficiaries of the Saudi Bar Association (SBA). 

Prince Khaled was informed about the committee’s objectives to benefit the legal fraternity and to establish legal competencies in this regard.

Musa told Prince Khaled that the committee also regularly organizes conference and training courses to increase the competencies of the members of the legal fraternity and to raise awareness among all segments of society. The committee also cooperates with courts and judges as a competent body to ensure smooth functioning of the legal system in the Kingdom.

The Law Society Committee in the Makkah region originates from the SBA headed by Justice Minister Waleed Al-Samaani. It was established in 2015.