A CHECKLIST of how some of the recommendations of the Chairperson and 8 other committee members compares with key Muslim Women’s Demands

Earlier this year, leaked versions of report of the Committee appointed to consider amendments to the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA) was circulated in the media (see below for links), after 9 years since it's formation. MPLRAG compared a few of the recommendations (by 9 members of the committee) highlighted in the report against... Continue Reading →

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Hon. Minister Thalatha Athukorale Minister of Justice 16, May 2018 Dear Honourable Minister, Official Public Release of Report on Proposed Reforms to the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA) of Sri Lanka As members of the Muslim community, and representing those deeply invested in the welfare of the community, as well as the upliftment of... Continue Reading →

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) on MMDA & reforms

Download for FAQ's on MMDA in Sinhala FAQ’s about Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA) and reforms 1. What is the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA)? The 1907 Sri Lankan (General) Marriage Registration Ordinance (GMRO) is applicable to all citizens of the country with the exception of Muslims who marry within faith. Two communities –... Continue Reading →

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Media Release on Silent Protest Jan/22/2018

DEAR MINISTER, WHERE IS THE REPORT? The Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA) has been in force since 1956 and governs marriage and family matters for Sri Lankan Muslims. The Act contains many discriminatory and unequal provisions that particularly affect Muslim women and girls in Sri Lanka. This includes: the lack of minimum age of... Continue Reading →

FAQ’s about Minimum age of Marriage

Download for  FAQ's on Minimum Age of Marriage in Sinhala What is the minimum age of marriage in Sri Lanka?  The minimum age of marriage in Sri Lanka is 18 years for all citizens except Muslims. In 1995 the General Marriage Registration Ordinance of 1907 (GMRO or general law) and the Kandyan Marriage and Divorce... Continue Reading →

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