Sri Lanka's controversial anti conversion bill fails

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 17 August 2004, 08:53 GMT]
Sri Lanka's controversial anti conversion bill can be made law only if it gets the support of two thirds of MPs in Parliament and is approved by the people at a referendum, according to the rulng on it by the Supreme Court Tuesday. The ruling was conveyed to the speaker of Sri Lanka's Parliament, Mr. W. J. M Loku Bandara Tuesday morning. The bill was promoted by Sinhala Buddhist nationalists to stop alleged forced conversions of Buddhists by Christian groups.

Opponents of the bill, christians in the majority argued that it would be in violation of the fundamental rights guranteed by Sri Lanka's constitution.

 

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