Sri Lanka

No hurry to impose ban on Burka – Sri Lanka Gov spokesman

Sri Lanka government is in no rush into taking a decision on imposing a ban on the Burka, Cabinet Spokesperson & Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said this morning.

Minister Rambukwella said a final decision will be taken after consultation and a common consensus is reached on the matter.
He further explained that both the burqa and niqab are being considered under the proposed ban.

On Saturday (13), Minister of Public Security Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekera said he has signed the cabinet paper on the proposed ban and has submitted it to the Cabinet for approval.

However, according to sources, the matter was not taken up for discussion during the Cabinet meeting held yesterday.

The report of the Committee appointed to study in-depth the facts and recommendations on the course of action contained in the final report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) on the 2019 April 21st Attacks and the report of the Sectoral Oversight Committee on National Security, will be submitted in two weeks.

The announcement was made on Tuesday (16) by Joint Cabinet Spokesperson & Minister (Dr.) Ramesh Pathirana at the cabinet media briefing.

He also said the necessary documentation including confidential material dubbed as the X-Files, was forwarded to the Attorney General for legal action to be taken.

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