MMDA in the Media

MARCH 2017 

March 28th – Women’s Groups Outraged By Statement On Muslim Marriage – http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2017/03/26/womens-groups-outraged-by-statement-on-muslim-marriage/ 

March 24th – Islamic cleric’s antipathy to marriage law reform irks women http://www.newindianexpress.com/world/2017/mar/24/islamic-clerics-antipathy-to-marriage-law-reform-irks-women-1585160.html

March 24th – ACJU statement draws flak – https://ceylontoday.lk/print20170101CT20170331.php?id=17773 

March 24th – அடையாளம், கலாசாரம், பால் நிலை சமத்துவம், மனித உரிமைகள் – “முஸ்லிம் தனியாள் சட்டத்தைத் திருத்துவதில் மதத் தலைவர்களை நம்ப இயலாது”http://maatram.org/?p=5747 

March 23rd – WAN STATEMENT: Religious Leaders Cannot Be Trusted To Reform MMDA: Women’s Action Network https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/religious-leaders-cannot-be-trusted-to-reform-mmda-womens-action-network

March 22nd – Sri Lankan Muslim Clerics Say Women Are Not Equal To Men, Defend Marriage Before Puberty – https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/sri-lankan-muslim-clerics-say-women-are-not-equal-to-men-defend-marriage-before-puberty/ 

March 22nd – The Urgent Need To Reform The Muslim Marriage & Divorce Act – https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-urgent-need-to-reform-the-muslim-marriage-divorce-act/ 

March 22nd – MMDA does not need reforms: ACJU Chairman – http://dailynews.lk/2017/03/22/local/111190/mmda-does-not-need-reforms-acju-chairman 

March 21st – இலங்கையில் முஸ்லிம் தனியார்ச் சட்டம் கோலங்கள் – அலங்கோலங்கள் 

March 20th – ‘Muslims can’t marry under General Law’ – http://www.ceylontoday.lk/print20170101CT20170331.php?id=17519 

March 16th –  VIDEO මුස්ලිම් ළමා විවාහ සහ මුස්ලිම් පුද්ගල නීතිය…..මානව හිමිකම් නීතිවේදිනී එර්මීසා ටෙගල්.බීබීසී සිංහල ෆේස්බුක් අඩවිය https://www.facebook.com/BBCSinhala/videos/791851344305949/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE 

March 13th – MPLRAG Issues Four Guiding Principles For MMDA Reforms; Demands A Place For Muslim Women In The Process – https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/mplrag-issues-four-guiding-principles-for-mmda-reforms-demands-a-place-for-muslim-women-in-the-process/ 

March 12th – Going beyond empty speeches for gender justice http://www.sundaytimes.lk/170312/columns/going-beyond-empty-speeches-for-gender-justice-232475.html

March 10th – Women’s rights: Sri Lanka still to go a long way http://dailynews.lk/2017/03/10/local/109964/women%E2%80%99s-rights-sri-lanka-still-go-long-way

March 8th – CEDAW asks Sri Lanka to amend personal laws – http://dailynews.lk/2017/03/08/local/109743/cedaw-asks-sri-lanka-amend-personal-laws

March 7th – CEDAW urges Govt to expedite Muslim personal law reforms – http://www.sundaytimes.lk/article/1018077/cedaw-urges-govt-to-expedite-muslim-personal-law-reforms 

March 5th  – The choice to change is now! An opinion on reforming Sri Lankan Muslim Personal Law  – http://groundviews.org/2017/03/05/the-choice-to-change-is-now-an-opinion-on-reforming-sri-lankan-muslim-personal-law/

March 5th- Sri Lanka Dodges Questions on Women’s Rights at UN Committee https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/03/03/sri-lanka-dodges-questions-womens-rights-un-committee

March 3rd – Human Rights Watch slams Sri Lanka for dodging questions on women’s rights –  http://www.adaderana.lk/news.php?nid=39390#sthash.W7AZux8Z.dpuf

March 3rd – Human Rights Watch – Sri Lanka Dodges Questions on Women’s Rights at UN Committee – https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/03/03/sri-lanka-dodges-questions-womens-rights-un-committee 

March 1st – Muslim Feminists, Anti-Reformists, The MMDA & The Ground Realities – https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/muslim-feminists-anti-reformists-the-mmda-the-ground-realities/


FEBRUARY 2017 

Feb 23rd – Govt. faces fiery questions on women’s rights at UN – See more at: http://www.ft.lk/article/599647/Govt–faces-fiery-questions-on-women-s-rights-at-UN#sthash.kE8xBbt2.dpuf 

Feb 22nd – At CEDAW, Lankan women activists call for equality and end to discrimination – See more at: http://www.ft.lk/article/599435/At-CEDAW–Lankan-women-activists-call-for-equality-and-end-to-discrimination#sthash.H7d4011h.dpuf 

Feb 20th – A True Sri Lankan Intersectionality:  https://blogsmw.wordpress.com/2017/02/20/a-true-sri-lankan-intersectionality-lgbtiq-equality-mmda-reform-and-more/ 

Feb 14 – Quazi’s unaware of MMDA – http://dailynews.lk/2017/02/16/law-order/107575/quazi%E2%80%99s-unaware-mmda 


JANUARY 2017 

Jan 17 – Regressive Groups Continue To Throw Hurdles At MMDA Reforms https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/regressive-groups-continue-to-throw-hurdles-at-mmda-reforms/ 

Jan 6th – Socioeconomic net on marriage knot – http://www.dailynews.lk/2017/01/06/features/103934 


SEPTEMBER 2016 

30/09/16 – The Friday Forum: SOME PRIORITY CONCERNS FOR CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM – Daily News

28/09/16 – Muslim women intimidated in male dominated Qadhi courts in Sri Lanka – Dr. M. Haris Z. Deen – The Island 

23/09/16 – Muslim Personal Law Reforms Action Group calls: Release Marsoof report on Muslim Personal Law – Daily News

23/09/16 – Muslim Personal Law Reforms Committee must release report or update public on status of the report urgently– Financial Times 

22/09/16 – Muslim Law Reform Group Says Muslim Marriage And Divorce Act Violates Women’s Rights, Calls For Equality In New Constitution – Colombo Telegraph 

22/09/16 – Sri Lankan Muslim women demand repeal of the highly discriminatory Article 16 (1) of the constitution – The New Indian Express 

22/09/16  – SRI LANKA: NEW CONSTITUTION MUST UPHOLD EQUALITY FOR MUSLIM GIRLS & WOMEN – Sri Lanka Brief 

22/09/16 – Sri Lankan Muslim women call to repeal Article 16 (1) of constitution – Daily Mirror 


AUGUST 2016 and before 

WAN seeks repeal of article 16 of Lankan constitution as it hurts Muslim women – New Indian Express 23/08/16

SLMC’s Kariyappa advocates for Muslim Personal Law reform – Daily News 24/08/16

Rights Group Seeks Repeal Of Art 16 of Sri Lankan Constitution As It Hurts Muslim Women – NewsIn.Asia 22/08/16

‘Sharia Law: Myths And Reality – A Sri Lankan Perspective’ – 27/7/2013

‘Muslim Women want Reform of the Law’ – Sri Lanka Guardian, 09/2011

The Urgent Need for Sri Lankan Muslim Marriage Law Reform’  – Sunday Leader 12/2011

‘Muslim personal law and women’ –  Island Newspaper 09/07/2003

Sri Lanka: Cabinet approves proposal of Reforms to Muslim matrimonial law – 09/04/2009

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