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RESETTLEMENT OFINTERNALLY DISPLACED PEOPLE – JAFFNA REFUGEES

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Dear Friends, The LTTE evicted the Jaffna Muslims in October 1990. After the war ended in May 2009, many were hopeful of returning to Jaffna. However, the Government has not addressed their resettlement, and the Jaffna Muslims are scattered all over. Those who have returned are without housing facilities, although the Government had promised relief in many ways. Most of ...

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Reform Blasphemy Laws Pakistan Told

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The Head of Outreach of a pioneering Sri Lankan Islamic organization called on the Government of Pakistan to reform its controversial blasphemy law that mandates the death penalty for those convicted of blasphemy. The call comes in the wake of the hanging of Mumtaz Qadri who was convicted of killing Governor Salman Taseer and subsequent protests and sit-ins by extremist ...

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No magic lamp solution without Syria’s Aladdin. By Ameen Izzadeen

October 16, 2015 -- The so-called Islamic State and other jihadist groups are calling on Muslims to attack Russia, as Moscow continues its air campaign in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Graphic shows main Russian regions with Muslim populations and foreign terrorist organizations designated by Russia.

After nearly five years of violence that has displaced some 12 million people, some real talks are to be held to end the war in Syria, thanks to the military intervention of Russia. Russia is doing it its way, scaring the daylights out of the pseudo jihadists or pet terrorists of the West and the oil sheikhs while the space ...

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Sri Lanka’s Hide and Seek Honeymoon with Israel

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Spells disaster for communal harmony. By Latheef Farook  An Israeli Parliamentary delegation visited Sri Lanka from 24 to 30 of September 2015. According to reports the delegation had discussions with Secretary-General of Parliament Dhammika Dasanayake on areas of mutual interest, security arrangements in Parliament, the public outreach and employing disabled people in Parliament. However Mr. Dassanayake did not disclose the ...

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Drowned Syrian Toddler Shocks World

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CAIRO – The photo of a three-year-old Syrian toddler lying face down on the beach, after he and his family drowned, has sparked outcry worldwide, reflecting the heartbreaking horrors and tragedy of Syria's refugees. The "tragic image of a little boy who’s lost his life fleeing Syria is shocking and is a reminder of the dangers children and families are ...

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Syrian Muslims sufferings in appalling conditions

Syrian Muslims sufferings in appalling conditions

By Latheef Farook Shameful indictment on Saudi and Gulf sheikhs floating in wealth and spent more than $ 100 billion on purchasing weapons. The ancient country of Syria is now reduced to ashes. According to reports more than eleven million Syrians are displaced and around five million are suffering in appalling condition in refugee camps in Turkey, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon ...

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Muslims seek solutions to their problems; Not ministerial portfolios.

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 By Latheef Farook Will the burning issues of the island’s Muslim community be addressed under a United National Front for Good Governance, UNFGG, government led by United National Party? This has become the main common concern especially of the civil society of the Muslim community island wide. This is especially so in the context of the presence of Sri Lankan ...

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A dire situation for Syria’s Palestinian refugees

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Several credible reports this week from Palestinian refugees in Syria and Europe, the latter among those who by various means managed to escape the Syrian conflict with their lives, illustrate the increasing pressure and dangers Palestinians are facing here just trying to survive. And the chances of survival are not likely to improve anything soon. Three serious cases over the ...

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Take action against terrorism in the name of religion

Take action against terrorism in the name of religion

The Centre for Islamic Studies (CIS), Sri Lanka’s pioneering Islamic Outreach organization, has called on governments to do more to defeat religious extremism and terrorism in the name of Islam. The call comes in the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait, France and Kobane in Syria claimed by ISIS where innocents including little children were massacred in ...

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Syrians Spend 5th Ramadan On Foreign Soil

Syrians Spend 5th Ramadan On Foreign Soil

SANLIURFA – Spending their fifth Ramadan on foreign soil, thousands of Syrian refugees in Turkey are observing the holy fasting month of Ramadan with a bittersweet joy as their country still plunges into turmoil. “At our previous iftar dinners in Syria, we were getting together with my all family members around a table and breaking our fast together,” Syrian refugee, ...

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