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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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 →

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