Posted by: becketfund | May 1, 2009

Sri Lanka: Buddhist Party Pushes for Anti-Conversion Law

COLOMBO – In January 2009, the Jathika Hela Urumaya party, a nationalist Buddhist monk movement, again brought before Parliament a draft for anti-conversion legislation, titled the Prohibition of Forcible Conversion of Religion Bill, USCIRF reported on May 1.  The JHU party originally attempted to have the anti-conversion bill approved in 2004. The bill, if enacted, would provide for prison terms of up to five years for anyone who, by “the use of force or by allurement or by any fraudulent means,” converts or attempts to convert a person from one religion to another, or aids or abets such conversion.

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