Foreign Ministry insists no ban, only proposal

The Foreign Ministry today (16) insisted that a ban has not been enforced on the burqa and niqab and that it is only a proposal.

The Ministry said recent media reports have highlighted statements made in regard to a proposal to ban the wearing of the burqa and niqab in Sri Lanka.

Issuing a statement, Foreign Secretary Admiral Professor Jayanath Colombage said that a decision has not been taken by the Government to impose such a ban.

He said it is merely a proposal, which is under discussion.

Admiral Prof. Colombage said this proposal has been based on the precautionary measures that are needed on national security grounds, following the investigations of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) on Easter Sunday attacks.

He further said the Government will initiate a broader dialogue with all parties concerned and sufficient time will be taken for necessary consultations to be held and for a consensus to be reached.

Minister of Public Security Sarath Weerasekera announced on Saturday (13) that he has signed the cabinet paper proposing a ban on the burqa and niqab due to national security concerns.

Following the statement, the proposal gained wide attention among the public, while the Government today defended the move, saying it was an internal security matter.

Cabinet Co-spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella said that the Government will not rush through the process to ban the face coverings. (Colombo Gazette)

1 COMMENT

  1. The government cannot implement its decision, because it is South Asia…

    The uncontrolled population is the main reason South Asia can not come up. In India almost every vote has been bought on bribe. South Asians only do one part of democracy correctly which is multiplying in billions. Every other part of democracy has utterly failed in South Asia, but the West would not complain about it, because the Western dominant power is intact and no threat from India. The West has tricked the developing countries for many generations. They simply can not come out of the western myth.

    The West is deliberately encouraging uncontrollable population in the developing countries by promoting religious freedom. They deliberately encourage unrestricted populations in developing countries. Because It creates internal rifts and keep the people away from acquiring the knowledge because people will battling to access to limited resources to overcome the poverty. This makes easier for the West to dominate or divide and conquer the developing countries. The climate change experts will not talk about the uncontrollable population in South Asia, because they don’t want to expose the West’s tricks

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