MMDA MUST BE REFORMED COMPREHENSIVELY The MMDA must be reformed comprehensively to guarantee equality and justice for all Muslims, particularly Muslim women and girls. Muslim women have been the most affected by the MMDA and Quazi court system, and the mandate for reform is principally derived from their call for changes to MMDA. Therefore, women’s... Continue Reading →

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முஸ்லிம் விவாக, விவாகரத்துச் சட்டச் (MMDA)  சீர்திருத்தம்: நாங்கள் இப்போது எங்கிருக்கின்றோம்?

ஒரு வருடத்திற்கு முன்னர், 2019  ஆகஸ்ட் 22 ஆம் திகதி, அப்போதைய முஸ்லிம் விவகார அமைச்சினால் முஸ்லிம் பாராளுமன்ற உறுப்பினர்களின் ஒத்துழைப்புடன் சமர்ப்பிக்கப்பட்ட முஸ்லிம் விவாக, விவாகரத்துச் சட்டச் (MMDA)  சீர்திருத்தம் தொடர்பான பரிந்துரைகளின் தொகுதியொன்றை அப்போதைய அமைச்சரவை அங்கீகரித்தது. எவ்வாறாயினும், ஒரு வருடத்தின் பின்னர், சீர்திருத்தம் தொடர்பில் எந்தவொரு முன்னேற்றமும் ஏற்படவில்லை. இது  முஸ்லிம் விவாக, விவாகரத்துச் சட்டத்தின் (MMDA) கீழ் நிகழும் பாகுபாடு மற்றும் அநீதி மற்றும் சிலவேளைகளில் வன்முறைகளைக் கூட முஸ்லிம் பெண்கள் ... Continue Reading →

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මුස්ලිම් විවාහ සහ දික්කසාද පනත (MMDA) ප්‍රතිසංස්කරණය: අප දැන් සිටින්නේ කොතැනද?

මීට වසරකට පෙර, එනම් 2019 අගෝස්තු 22 වන දින එවකට මුස්ලිම් කටයුතු අමාත්‍යාංශය විසින්, මුස්ලිම් පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රීවරුන්ගේද සම්බන්ධීකරණය සහිතව, සභාගත කරන ලද මුස්ලිම් විවාහ හා දික්කසාද පනත (MMDA) සඳහා වූ ප්‍රතිසංස්කරණ නිර්දේශ මාලාවක් කැබිනට් මණ්ඩලය විසින් අනුමත කරන ලදී. කෙසේ වෙතත්, එයින් වසරක් ගතවූ පසුවත් එම ප්‍රතිසංස්කරණ පිළිබඳ ප්‍රගතියක් දක්නට නොලැබුණි. එම වසරද MMDA යටතේ... Continue Reading →

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FAQs: What is happening with MMDA reforms?

The problems and challenges with Sri Lanka’s Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA) and Quazi court system is well known and well documented. It is undeniable common knowledge that Muslim women are the most affected by discriminatory provisions, procedures and practices of the MMDA, and the Quazi court system, since its enactment in 1951.  The... Continue Reading →

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STATEMENT: Future President must prioritise MMDA reforms

JOINT STATEMENT BY: Muslim Personal Law Reform Action Group (MPLRAG) and Hashtag Generation.  The Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (1951) of Sri Lanka contains multiple provisions that discriminate against women. One serious discriminatory statement includes explicitly stating that only males can hold the positions of judges in Quazi courts, marriage registrars, jurors and Board of Quazi... Continue Reading →

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RELEASE: Joint Cabinet Memorandum on Amendments to the MMDA

On 17th September 2019, MPLRAG representative filed a Right to Information (RTI) request to the Ministry of Postal Services and Muslim Religious Affairs for an official copy of the joint proposal submitted by the Minister of Postal Services and Muslim Religious Affairs and the Ministry of Justice and Prison Reforms, on amendments to the Muslim... Continue Reading →

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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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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 (FAQs) on MMDA & reforms

Download for FAQs on MMDA in Sinhala FAQs 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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A Call to Vote for Women this Election

Muslim Personal Law Action Group (MPLRAG) has witnessed firsthand the importance of having committed women members of parliament. Women parliamentarians appreciated the 30 year struggle of Muslim women in Sri Lanka advocating for the reform of the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA). They engaged with community-based groups and advocacy groups including MPLRAG to work... Continue Reading →

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