Sri Lanka: Law on conversions (bis)

Source: FSSPX News


In July 2004, the party of Buddhist monks Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) in Sri Lanka presented a bill entitled “Bill on Prohibition of Forcible Conversion”, which requires that every individual – within a certain time limit – must inform the local authorities of their conversion. Furthermore, it stipulates that “no one will convert or seek to convert persons of another religion by force or by fraudulent means.”

 In August 2004, the Supreme Court had declared two of the points of this bill incompatible with article 10 of the Constitution, which guarantees religious liberty and the right to adopt the religion of one’s choice.

 This month of April, the president of the Sri Lankan Parliament, W. J. M. Lokubandara appointed the 19 members of the Legislative Committee responsible for examining the definitive version of the bill, before its final reading to Parliament. Will Mahinda Rajapakse, president of the Socialist Democratic Republic of Sri Lanka, elected last November, keep the promises made to the religious minorities?