Concerns raised over attacks on religious minorities

Since the current government took office in 2015, over 190 incidents of religious violence against churches, clergy, and Christians have been recorded by the NCEASL. In one such incident, on 18th May 2017, a large protest against a Christian place of worship was staged in Devinuwara (Matara District), with the participation of approximately 30 Buddhist monks and a mob comprising around 2000 people. The freedom of religion or belief is a fundamental right guaranteed by the Constitution of Sri Lanka. As such, the NCEASL is saddened that such protests continue to occur unrestrained against minority places of worship in the country. While attacks and protests of this nature have occurred in the past as well, the increase in the intensity of incidents and the active involvement of local government officials has been a growing cause for concern. Moreover, in addition to attacks, intimidation, and protests, legal restrictions imposed on Christian places of worship have also continued unabated. For instance, the circular issued in 2008 by the Ministry of Buddha Sasana and Religious Affairs, requiring new constructions of places of worship to register with the government, continues to be misapplied by local authorities to close down churches and threaten Christian clergy to discontinue their religious activities. The circular, however, is not in accordance with Sri Lankan legislation, as there is no legal requirement to register places of worship with the State. The National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka (NCEASL) has noted with concern the recent wave of attacks against religious minorities, which has rapidly escalated over the past few months.Since the beginning of this year, the NCEASL has documented over 20 incidents of violence and intimidation against Christian places of worship across the country. During this period, there has also been an alarming increase in the number of incidents led against Muslims, with the latest occurring on 21st May when a mob attack was launched on the Mawalapitiya mosque following a procession in the area by the Bodu Bala Sena. In an attempt to foster reconciliation and healing following the three-decade long war, the present Government has committed itself to ensure transitional justice in Sri Lanka. In keeping with its commitments, it is vital, therefore, for the government to speedily arrest the current situation and effectively address attacks on religious minorities in order to ensure the integrity of its reconciliation efforts.The NCEASL, as such, strongly condemns the recent attacks on Christians and Muslims and calls on the government to ensure the protection of minorities and their places of worship. Moreover, in the light of numerous statements made by the State claiming improved human rights standards in the country, the NCEASL also calls on the government to take effective measures to prosecute perpetrators of violence and uphold the freedom of religion or belief in Sri Lanka. read more

Rogers Communications granted approval to start offering its own credit card

by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 6, 2013 5:26 pm MDT Rogers Communications granted approval to start offering its own credit card AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX:RCI.B) has received approval from regulators to start offering its own credit card.The telecommunications giant announced Friday that the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions has granted it an order to commence and carry on business.Rogers will start offering its credit card in 2014 but a select group of customers will be able to use the card sooner as part of a pilot program.Although the card will be available to everyone, Rogers customers who use the card will be able to accumulate loyalty points, under the Rogers First Rewards program.The credit card is the primary focus of Rogers Bank, which was incorporated earlier this year.Last month, Canadian Tire Corp. (TSX:CTC.A) announced it was looking for a financial partner for its own credit card business. read more

Dagur Sigurdsson is WORLD HANDBALL COACH 2016

Dagur Sigurdsson is WORLD HANDBALL COACH 2016! Amazing achievements of German national team in the last two years under Icelander with highlight in winning Men’s EHF EURO 2016 in Poland and bronze medal at Olympic Games in Rio, were praised by the Jury consisted from the 33 handball journalists all over the world and handball fans, who were the last member of Jury.The 43-years old Icelandic coach is on the bench of the German national team since 2014. He made a real revolution in German handball since then, in the moment when German team dissapeared from the handball map.Sigurdsson joined Mikkel Hansen on the throne in 2016 in Contest organized by Handball-Planet.comThe previous winners were Dagur Sigurdsson – 2011 (Fuchse Berlin), Alfred Gislason 2012-2013 (THW Kiel), Ljubomir Vranješ – 2014 and Claude Onesta (France) 2015.RESULTSVOTING PROCESSHandball-Planet team want to thank all media, teams, TOP players, coaches and handball fans worldwide for making our project so big this year! According to fantastic experience in the last three weeks, HP will soon announce the nominations for the WORLD FEMALE HANDBALL PLAYER 2015. ← Previous Story Piotr Chrapkowski to join SC Magdeburg! Next Story → Handball journalists and fans together for WORLD HANDBALL COACH 2016 Dagur SigurdssonDagur Sigurdsson WORLD HANDBALL COACH 2016 read more