Pillay raises “religious tensions” with Hakeem

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Justice Minister Rauff Hakeem said today that visiting UN Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay raised concerns regarding the rise in religious tensions, and said that he briefed her about the steps taken to curb violence directed at religious groups.

“I informed her of the collective stand taken by the Muslim Ministers of the Cabinet and drew her attention to the statement that we issued. I also appraised her about the steps taken by my colleague Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara to enact laws which will make hateful religious speech an offence that falls under the penal code” he said.
 
Speaking soon after a half an hour long discussion with a UN delegation headed by Commissioner Pillay, Hakeem said the Commissioner had also asked him about the Bill on Right to Information
 
“I told her that as far as the Ministry of Justice was concerned we got the Law Commission to draft the Bill and submitted it to the Media Ministry. Now it is up to the Media Ministry to present the Bill to the Cabinet” he said.
 
Hakeem said that the visiting Commissioner had also asked about the new Ministry of Law and Order that was established recently.
 
“She was of the view that the Police Department could’ve been brought under the Ministry of Justice, but I informed her that it was a policy decision taken by the government” he said.
 
Speaking further at the news briefing the Minister said the Prevention of Terrorism Act would be a part f he Criminal Procedure, until such time the government felt that it should be abolished.
 
When questioned by journalists as to whether the Commissioner was satisfied with the responses given by the Minister and his delegation, he said that the answer for that should be provided by the Commissioner itself.
 
“That you will have to ask the Commissioner, but she gave us a patient hearing and seemed satisfied” he said (By Hafeel Farisz)

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  • Rambo Monday, 26 August 2013 11:13 AM

    He has passed the buck as usual onto other ministers. So its musical chairs as always played in Sri Lanka.

    Mohamed Monday, 26 August 2013 11:27 AM

    Hakeem cannot utter a single word against the government - he is gone

    tony Monday, 26 August 2013 10:12 AM

    DONT WORRY HAKEEM SHE IS NOT GOING TO BE AMUSED BY THE NEW ROAD NETWORK OR SOME CHANGES IN THE SHOW CASE. SHE WILL DEFINITELY LOOK INTO THE ACTIVITIES BLOCKING OR BRINGING HATRED TO THE MORORITIES.

    Peace lover Monday, 26 August 2013 10:13 AM

    Good Question....

    Sanyo Monday, 26 August 2013 10:27 AM

    He is forgetful

    nick Monday, 26 August 2013 10:27 AM

    Hakeem must have told that they are the king makers on the country

    gon rala Monday, 26 August 2013 10:34 AM

    No she asked what UNP did to prevent when prabakaran gave 24 hours notice to muslims in North..........

    Karikalan Monday, 26 August 2013 11:00 AM

    Gon Rala,

    u metter try to clean todays dirt than worring for old issues

    at least tomorrow will be happy for our kids

    Renu Monday, 26 August 2013 08:58 AM

    Did you mention to her of the attacks on Muslim places of worship like Dambulla, Grandpass,? So she seems to be aware every happening in the country past & present including Weliweriya


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