Sri Lankan government drafting new law against “unethical conversions” amid violent attacks on Christians

Mar 18, 2021 by

from Barnabas Fund:

The government of Buddhist-majority Sri Lanka is drafting proposed legislation to counter a rise in religious conversions.

The news comes amidst reports of violent attacks on Christians in Divulapitiya, Gampaha District, and Passara, Badulla District.

Professor Kapila Gunawardana, Minister of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs (the Sri Lankan government’s department with oversight of religious policy) argued that legal change was now necessary to combat religious conversions allegedly made for financial gain or to get access other services, such as education.

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