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Organization of Islamic Cooperation condemns move to ban burqa in SL

The Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has condemned Sri Lanka’s purported burqa ban stating it is a violation of human rights of minorities.

“The OIC-IPHRC condemns Sri Lankan Ministers’ statement to ban burqas and Madrassas in violation of the Article 18 and 27 of the International Covenant on Civil & Political Rights (ICCPR) Act, which guarantees minorities the right to freely profess, practice and manifest their religion,” the organisation said in a tweet.

Further, they requested the Sri Lankan Government to denounce the statement.

“The IPHRC urges the Sri Lankan Government to publicly denounce such discriminatory and Islamophobic statements and desist from any measures against law abiding Muslims which negate spirit of pluralism and contravene the International Human Rights Law,” they stated.