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  • Why Sri Lanka jailed a Muslim lawyer without charge for 6 months
                                      The Geneva-based International Commission of Jurists, the EU and UN Human Rights Core Group on Sri Lanka have expressed their concerns on the arbitrary arrest and detention of Hizbullah [Photo courtesy: Family] Why Sri Lanka jailed a Muslim lawyer without charge for 6 months Rights groups and members of civil society have raised concerns over the continued incarceration of a Muslim lawyer in Sri Lanka, adding that his prolonged detention “had a chilling effect on anyone involved in peaceful dissent and advocacy”.

    Hejaaz Hizbullah, a prominent human rights lawyer, was arrested on “terrorism” charges in April and has remained in detention...
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  • Hejaaz Hizbullah case: CID misled public and Cardinal, says Counsel
    When the case of the arrest of Hejaaz Hizbullah was taken up yesterday, the Counsel alleged that the Criminal Investigations Department had misled the Cardinal and the public with regard to Hizbullah.

    “They lied to His Eminence the Cardinal and the public. The real culprits were never caught and they have instead found a scapegoat in Hejaaz,” the Counsel said.

    The CID submitting a report said that they were awaiting a Government Analyst report on three phones used by Hizbullah.

    “This is how they lied throughout. They said the investigations were to be completed and a Deputy Solicitor General of the Attorney General’s Department said it would be by 16 September. The CID lied to the Attorney General’s Department as well and is now seeking further time.”

    The CID said that transactions of...
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  • Sri Lanka has locked up this Muslim lawyer without charge for nearly five months
    The prominent Sri Lankan Muslim lawyer, Hejaaz Hizbullah, is being described by human rights groups as the latest victim of Sri Lanka’s draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act.

    On April 14, Hizbullah, 40, got a call from the Ministry of Health saying they were worried he may have contracted COVID-19 and advised him to remain at home.

    A day earlier he and others had written to the Sri Lankan president about his government’s decision to ban Muslims from burying their dead, forcing them to cremate their remains instead – a violation of their right to freedom of religion, as protected by Sri Lanka’s constitution and its international obligations.

    Hejaaz Hizbullah was a lawyer at the Supreme Court and worked as a state counsel for the Attorney General’s department. Beyond his legal work, he was involved...
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  • “කවදා හෝ යුක්තිය ඉටුවේයැ’යි බලාපොරොත්තු සහගතව ජීවිතය ගෙවනවා විනා වෙන කිසිවක් කළ නොහැකි වීම ගැන මට ඇත්තේ නොදැරිය හැකි වේදනාවකි”: මගේ මල්ලි හිජාස්
    හිජාස් හිස්බුල්ලා මගේ බාල සොහොයුරා ය. අගෝස්තු 25 වැනි දිනට එළඹුණු ඔහුගේ 40 වැනි උපන්දිනය ඔහුට ගත කිරීමට සිදු වුයේ පාස්කු ඉරිදා ත්‍රස්තවාදී ප්‍රහාරයට සම්බන්ධ බවට අභූත චෝදනා එල්ල කරමින් අයුතු ලෙස අත්තඩංගුවට පත්ව අපරාධ පරීක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවේ රැඳවුම් භාරයේදී ය. හිජාස් පිළිබඳව මට ඇති පැරණිතම මතකයන් අතර බොහොමයක් කළුබෝවිල සිට...
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  • Hejaaz Detention: Fort Magistrate Orders CID To Submit All Statements Obtained In Investigations


    Following submissions by Defence Counsel that the Criminal Investigations Department is selectively reporting facts to the Magistrate in order to malign Hejaaz Hizbullah, Fort Magistrate today ordered the Criminal Investigations Department to submit a report of all statements obtained by them from persons relating to the investigations of Hizbullah.
    When the case was taken up today. Counsel for the Defence informed Court that the Criminal Investigations Department had obtained statements from all persons of the Save the Pearls Charity and the Teachers and Board of Management of the Al-Zuhriya Madarasa.

    However, none of those statements had been produced to date.
    They said that the statements would reveal that all the allegations made by the CID are a fabrication and were made in order to malign Hizbullah and...
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  • Hejaaz Hizbullah: Symptom and symbol
    What made him more enigmatic was that unlike most others in his profession who shield their lives beneath a calm facade, he taught exceptionally well Apparently he called the Easter attackers “fools who died as fools.” I can picture Hejaaz saying that   There’s an image of Hejaaz Hizbullah I return to over and over again. It’s an image of him holding a placard at a protest in 2018. The placard reads, “Asilachaara parliamenthuwak wenuwata seelachara parliamenthuwak” (“A cultured parliament in place of an uncultured parliament”). The reason why it resonates with me is that, even in the ecstatic way he holds it, he is quite unlike the Hejaaz Hizbullah I once knew. But then I realise that the Hejaaz I once knew couldn’t have been the real guy. 
    I first encountered the man in 2013 at my law school. He didn’t...
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  • Niqab Ban In France Violates Human Rights Of Muslim Women: UN Human Rights Committee
    The United Nations Human Rights Committee said France’s niqab ban violates the human rights of Muslim women and risks “confining them to their homes.” Women in France can be fined up to 150 euros for wearing the niqab, a full-face...
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  • Rathana At It Again; ACJU Is The Punching Bag For Everyone
    By Mass L. Usuf Mass Usuf Let this column begin with a Disclaimer. It is only an analysis and the writer is not holding a brief to defend or protect the All Ceylon Jamiyathul Ulema (
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  • Democracy Threatened: Impunity, Political Patronage & Rollback Of Devolution
    By S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole – R. Sasilan: Assistant Commissioner of Elections Today we are opening new living quarters for our Election Commission’s man-in-charge in Batticaloa. I am so glad because R. Sasilan is a man I am proud of. He stands up for what is right without fear or favor. When a minister distributed gifts in elections some years ago, he confiscated a gift pack and filed a complaint with the police. The police, as often happens, disappeared the evidence. Sasilan sent a report to the Commission and that too disappeared....
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Responding to China, Pakistan and the Iranian Bomb

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By Hameed Abdul Karim

According to Western public discourse there are two types of Muslim. One is a ‘fundamentalist’ the other is a ‘moderate’ Muslim. The former is one who wants to be independent from Western hegemony and the latter is one who cozies up to the Western agenda, wittingly or unwittingly. But now there is a new kid on the block. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the Rand Corporation Muslim. ‘Who the heck is he’, you might ask and quite rightly so. Well, for starters he or she is a Muslim or, more appropriately, one who wears the ‘Muslim’ name tag and one who is trained and financed by America’s Rand Corporation to dilute Islam to a point where its adherents will no longer be a stumbling block to the empire’s plans for total world hegemony. And Manzoor Ahamed, writing under the title ‘China, Pakistan and the Iranian Bomb’ (Ceylon Today’ Sat.  24 March, 2012) fits the description of a ‘Rand Muslim’ like a glove going by his vilification of Pakistan’s much maligned nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan  who  gave his country its ‘Islamic bomb’.

Sowing the seeds of discord is a technique the Rand Corporation uses to perfection as required by Cheryl Bernad in her chapter in the Rand Corporation guide book on subterfuge ‘Building Moderate Muslim Networks’. Cheryl Bernad is married to Zalmay Khalizad former US ambassador to Afghanistan and a signatory to America’s infamous ‘Plan for the New American Century’ (PNAC).

Benard calls upon America to take it upon itself to ‘invent’ a brand new ‘Islam’ carefully crafted in order to suit American interests. This onerous task of what she calls ‘religion-building’ entails the invention of what, for all intent and purposes, is a completely new religious tradition, one that most Muslims would themselves probably barely recognize. Many Orientalists and missionaries in history have tried to change Islam but have failed miserably. Bernad stands no chance of succeeding not even with all the sophisticated techniques at her command or with the ‘Rand’ Muslim at her side.

Being a ‘Rand’ Muslim, it’s not surprising that Manzoor Ahamed should go out of his way to tweak the current terminology a bit and call Pakistan’s nuclear bomb the ‘Sunni’ bomb instead of the carefully calibrated phrase ‘Islamic’ bomb. And this is the scaremongering feature of his vile piece. A ‘Sunni’ bomb as opposed to what …. A ‘Shia bomb?’ And shouldn’t the Sunni and Shia fear a ‘Hindu’ bomb or a ‘Jewish’ bomb.

If you have carefully analysed Ahamed’s article you would have observed that many of America’s perceived enemies are projected in a negative light. That’s how obedient a ‘Rand’ Muslim he is. Never lose an opportunity to please the master.  Iran’s belligerence against the U.S., he says, is encouraged by its relationship with China. Even if this were true, why shouldn’t the world think that it’s the U.S. that’s belligerent towards Iran? Ever since it ‘lost’ the country to Ayotollah Khomeini’s revolution that overthrew the U.S. puppet Shah-en-Shah, the king of kings? Why should Manzoor Ahamed want us to see the world through the American prism? And talking of belligerence, how would Manzoor Ahamed rate Hilary Clinton’s threat to obliterate Iran? Surely this violent warning cannot be seen as a New Year greeting!

The funny side of his fear mongering vis-a-vis Iran is that 16 U.S. agencies have declared that Iran is not aiming to get a nuclear bomb and more recently a former Mossad chief confessed Iran has no intention of having one. In his mad rush to please the empire he ignores the fact that Israel has a vast nuclear arsenal but somehow he does not see Israel as a threat to world peace even though the Zionist state has terrorised the neighbourhood ever since its creation and is in occupation of vast tracts of Palestine. Israel carries out its state terrorism against the Palestinians with America giving it all the military equipment it needs to violate as many international treaties as it can. Israel is not a signatory to the NPT while Iran is. But somehow, going by Ahamed’s logic, Israel is not a threat to world peace despite the fact that a huge majority of Iranians, Arabs and Europeans believe the U.S. and Israel are indeed the two nations that are endangering the entire world, according to a Zogby poll.

Ahamed’s unsubstantiated claim that Saudi Arabia will be a threat to the entire world if and when Pakistan exports its nuclear bombs to the nation is as absurd as it can get and deserves no comment.

Pakistan, he claims, is a ‘rogue state’.   While it may be true that Pakistan’s political leadership requires much to be desired, it must be pointed out that most of the so called democracies in the world are corrupt, with India ‘enjoying’ a slot in the top bracket. The 2G scam and more recently the discovery that India lost US $ 210 billion in income on account of the ‘mishandling’ of tenders in the coal mining scam should put all Indians to shame. So what …..shall we call India a ‘rogue’ state, Mr. Ahamed?

This appeared in 'Ceylon Today' Saturday 31 March, 2012

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