Mar 16, 2021

Cabinet won't 'rush' to impose burqa ban - Keheliya Featured

The Cabinet will not rush into taking a decision on imposing the burqa ban, Cabinet Spokesperson & Minister, Keheliya Rambukwella.

"This is being discussed... Also, we are of the opinion that the process of how to do this should not be rushed... What the minister pointed out that he intended to take a measure on this matter. But time frames will be decided on following necessary and open dialogue," he said.

The minister stated this at the Cabinet Briefing held earlier this morning (16).

When further asked if the move will affect Sri Lanka’s relationship with Muslim countries and will it add to the pressure on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), Rambukwella said that the proposed ban cannot be linked to Geneva.

"This is an internal security matter," the minister clarified. "Externally also, as there are enough and more countries who are considering this as a security threat. So that is the basis on which we have discussed this and we will be moving forward towards that... on the basis of national security, nothing else."