Muslim Personal Law Reform Action Group (MPLRAG) is a lobby group consisting of individuals who are rights advocates, women’s rights activists, lawyers, researchers and journalists. We are not a coalition of organizations nor an NGO, but simply a group of people who have come together for a specific purpose and around a core belief.
Our core belief is that all Muslims in Sri Lanka, men and women, should have equal access to legal rights, justice and redress on matters of marriage and family. As citizens of Sri Lanka Muslims too must have the same protection of fundamental rights guaranteed by the Constitution.
It must be ensured that special laws such as the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA) too protect these rights of Muslim men, women and children rather than perpetrate injustice, unfair treatment and further place members of the Muslim community, especially Muslim women, in vulnerable and difficult situations.
MPL Reforms Action Group therefore advocates that:
- The MMDA must be reformed to guarantee justice and fairness as promoted by the spirit of Islam, to address ongoing grievances of Muslims and in relation to contemporary and diverse contexts of Sri Lankan Muslims;
- The reforms process must ensure that the MMDA provisions, procedures and implementation do not violate fundamental rights and gender equality, and that the Quazi court system standards and quality of operation is improved and ethical and sensitive procedures are observed;
- Fundamental rights of Sri Lankan Muslims MUST be protected by the Constitution and all the state laws that relate to citizens (such as the Penal Code);
- The constitutional reforms process MUST ensure that Article 16(1) is repealed so as to guarantee that the Constitution and related state laws cannot deny any rights and protections to Sri Lankan Muslims or any other community on the basis of religious affiliation, ethnicity and gender.
This site is dedicated to information, articles, news and resources in English, Tamil and Sinhala (as available) relating to above mentioned issues and concerns.
To get in touch: mplreforms(at)gmail.com