MMDA reform: Muslim women demand equality & justice

The Muslim women in Sri Lanka have persisted with the struggle to reform MMDA for over three decades. This is despite the repeated and abject failure of the male dominated religious and political leadership within the community to address these grievances that are having serious adverse impact on the everyday lives of women and girls.... Continue Reading →

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Now is the Time for Compassion

Statement by Muslim Personal Law Reform Action Group (MPLRAG). We are truly devastated by the bombings in Batticaloa, Colombo, and Negombo on 21 April 2019. Our hearts go out to those directly affected by this senseless violence. We extend our prayers and thoughts to the Christian and Catholic communities across the country that have experienced... Continue Reading →

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MMDA Committee Report: Are We Asking the Right Questions?

This article outlines MPLRAG’s opening statements in the conversation on MMDA Committee Report and is Part 1 of a series of articles on the report(s) and reform process.  Ever since the long awaited report of the Committee Appointed to Recommend Amendments To the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA) was officially released, much has been... Continue Reading →

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No MMDA reforms possible without Muslim women

On July 18th 2018, the report of the 2009 Committee considering reform of the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA) of 1951, was finally released on the website of the Ministry of Justice and public comments called for. It was understood that dissenting opinions between Committee members on some of the key issues was the... Continue Reading →

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PUBLIC LETTER TO MINISTER OF JUSTICE

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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