Islamic country envoys acknowledge need for common law

Envoys of 17 Islamic countries have told Speaker Karu Jayasuriya that they acknowledge the need for a universal law common to all communities, the Government’s official news portal reported.

In a meeting held with the Speaker on 11 June, ambassadors for Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey said that despite the existence of various ethnic and religious groups in the island, there is undoubtedly a need for a common law.

According to, the envoys had also pointed out the need to take Madrasa schools and religious education institutes under the supervision of the Government and stressed the importance of controlling hate speech and its propagation through social media.

Speaker Jayasuriya told the ambassadors that Parliament is in the process of formulating legislation to eradicate terrorism and extremism.

“It is hoped that this measure would create the foundation for all people to live as a Sri Lankan nation under a single law,” quoted him as saying.

Jayasuriya also recalled the support given by Islamic leaders as well as the community towards eliminating extremist activities conducted in the name of religion, child marriages and polygamy.

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