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  • 76 individuals including Christian and Catholic priests call for the release of Hejaaz
    In a public petition signed by 75 individuals including Christian and Catholic priests, they have called upon members of the Human Rights Council and all members of the international community to urge the Sri Lankan government to release Attorney-at-law Hejaaz Hizbullah forthwith. They also urge the international community to call upon the government to desist from deploying the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) against Hizbullah. The public petition states the 26th August 2021 marks the 500th day of Hejaaz Hizbullah’s incarceration. Among the Christian and Catholic priests signing the public petition were  Bishop Duleep de Chickera, the 14th Anglican Bishop of Colombo,  former General Secretary of National Christian Council Rev. Dr. Jayasiri T. Peiris, Rev. Fr. M. Sathivel, Rev. Andrew Devadason, Rev, Marc Billimoria, Rev. Fr. Nandana...
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    "Only if your name isn't in the 2020 Register or if you want to change your residence, contact Grama Niladhari," the Elections Commission said.

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Frequently Asked Questions on Hejaaz Hizbullah
Who is Hejaaz?
Hejaaz Hizbullah is a prominent young lawyer and activist. After a stellar career at S. Thomas’ College, Mt. Lavinia and the Sri Lanka Law College—where he excelled in debating, moot court and represented Sri Lanka’s senior men’s waterpolo team—Hejaaz took oaths as a lawyer and joined the Attorney General’s Department.
Since leaving the Department, he gained prominence as a bold and effective lawyer, taking on controversial commercial and constitutional cases.
Besides his regular work, he also appeared pro bono in a number of cases involving minority rights and constitutional law, the most notable of which was his appearance for an Election Commissioner in the ‘Constitutional Coup’ case in October 2018.
Hejaaz was also involved in activism related to peace and reconciliation. He worked within the Muslim community, raising awareness regarding anti-Muslim hate and documenting hate incidents with a view to pursuing justice in the court system. He also pointedly critiqued extremism within sections of the Muslim community, and worked with organizations in which he was involved to further inter-communal harmony.
He is now a remand prisoner in the Welikada Magazine Prison because of his work and activism. He has been named an Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience.
What are the allegations/charges against Hejaaz?
The allegations against Hejaaz have been changing from time to time.
Immediately after his arrest, there was a targeted media campaign designed to portray Hejaaz as someone involved in the Cinnamon Grand Easter suicide attacks on the basis of 14 phone calls over several years between the bomber Inshaf Ibrahim—the son of Sri Lanka’s largest spice trader and Hejaaz. However, when it was pointed that Hejaaz had since 2015 handled two land cases in the District Court for the Ibrahim family—after the cases which were filed in 2010 were handed over to him by a prominent lawyer and politician—these allegations were sidelined.
Thereafter a fresh allegation was made in the media and by the CID that Hejaaz was the mastermind of the Easter attacks. This too was sidelined before long.
Thereafter, the CID alleged that Hejaaz had received funds from a terrorist organization called “Qatar Charity”.
Curiously, Qatar Charity continues to function in Sri Lanka to date and collaborates with the current government on a number of charity measures.
The last allegation made was that Hejaaz was involved in the indoctrination of certain poor children with little to no formal education from Colombo who were boarded and educated at an Arabic College (Madrasa) in Puttalam. The children were sponsored by “Save the Pearls”, an educational charity in which Hejaaz was a member.
Hejaaz was finally indicted in mid-2021 and the charges in the indictment are that Hejaaz told these children that Catholics are attacking Muslims in Israel-Palestine, and it is only if Catholics are attacked in Sri Lanka that they would cease attacking Muslims in Israel-Palestine. The offences referred to in the indictment are versions of hate-speech prohibitions in the Prevention of Terrorism Act and the ICCPR Act.
It remains to be seen if and when any old allegations against Hejaaz would be resurfaced, or if any new ones would be concocted in the event the charges in the indictment fail.
Are the allegations/charges credible ?
The charges are baseless and false.
There is no substance in the allegation that Hejaaz aided and abetted Inshaf Ibrahim. He only had 14 calls with the Cinnamon Grand terrorist bomber over 5 years, explained by the fact that Inshaf was the contact point for the two civil land cases in which Hejaaz appeared. There is no other evidence implicating Hejaaz in the Easter Sunday attack. In fact, Hejaaz has maintained that the phone calls were primarily for the purpose of following up requests that fees be paid on time.
The allegation regarding terrorist financing and Qatar Charity is also spurious. There is no evidence that Hejaaz received any funds from Qatar Charity.
This aside, Qatar Charity continues to operate at its offices in Colombo, and has collaborated with the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry on many relief activities including Covid-19 relief. Qatar Charity is effectively the charitable extension of the Qatari government. The Chairman of its Board is HE Sheikh Hamad bin Nasser Al Thani, a senior member of the Qatari Royal family.
The allegations regarding hate speech are even more spurious. For one, Hejaaz was never in the vicinity of the Madrasa when he was alleged to have made the speech. Moreover, the single child upon whose evidence the indictment was purportedly based has made several contradictory statements regarding Hejaaz’s involvement.
In one statement, he identifies Hejaaz as a Hizbullah who stated that he owned a university in Batticaloa – a clear allusion to former Minister Hisbullah who owned such a university. Further, several similarly circumstanced children have petitioned the Supreme Court that they were taken to the CID premises and threatened to falsely implicate Mr. Hizbullah.
Two teachers at the same school have also complained that they were similarly threatened.
How long has he been held in detention?
Hejaaz has been held in custody since 14th April 2020. He has now been in custody for more than 500 days. He has only been permitted to meet his wife and lawyers a handful of times. The Prevention of Terrorism Act prevents bail for suspects until the end of the trial, unless the Attorney General consents to bail. The Attorney General has hitherto not consented to bail.
Why is Hejaaz being targeted?
While Hejaaz’s family and friends cannot be sure exactly why Hejaaz was singled out for persecution, several matters are relevant.
First, Hejaaz was a brave and powerful voice on minority rights and the treatment of Muslims in Sri Lanka. He was unafraid and uncompromised. Such was his involvement that he was involved in almost every court case involving Muslim minority rights or anti-Muslim hate.
Second, Hejaaz was one of the first to publicly speak of the Easter Attack being a conspiracy. In fact, in his first few tweets immediately after the attack he questioned as to why the authorities turned a blind eye to the terrorists despite several complaints to the authorities and law enforcement from those within the Muslim community about the extremism and violence of those involved in the Easter attacks.
Third, Hejaaz was incisive in analyzing the drivers and sources of anti-Muslim violence and hatred. He believed that anti-Muslim violence and sentiment was deliberately created and driven by politically motivated actors, and did not believe that they emerged due to organic factors. He shared his analysis publicly on several occasions.
Fourth, Hejaaz was rapidly gaining prominence as a lawyer and was growing in stature as a public figure. Hejaaz’s family and friends assume Hejaaz’s work and activism made him powerful enemies.

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