Date: October 21, 2021
Washington, DC – The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today released the following new report:
Sri Lanka Country Update – This country update examines recent religious freedom violations in Sri Lanka and highlights problematic laws and regulations including Article 291A and 291B of the Penal Code, the Prevention of Terrorism Act, and misused International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) Act. Sri Lanka is a diverse country where complex ethno-religious divisions contribute to tension among the various communities. Despite protections guaranteed by the constitution and international law, Muslims and other religious minorities suffer abusive government regulations which disproportionately affect their communities and endure societal discrimination that often goes unnoticed or uninvestigated by authorities.
USCIRF previously reported on Sri Lanka in its 2014 and 2015 Annual Reports and in publications regarding global blasphemy laws and limitations on minorities’ religious freedom in South Asia.
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