Rights Rhetoric as an Instrument of Religious Oppression in Sri Lanka

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2006

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Pearl, Tracy Hresko

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Abstract

Two laws proposed by the Sri Lankan government present a threat to Christians and other religious minorities in the country. Though purportedly designed to prevent "unethical or fraudulent conversions," the laws are overly broad and ill-defined, giving Sri Lankan officials the latitude to use them to suppress minority religious activities. Indeed, despite being couched in rhetoric of religious liberty and human rights, the laws are likely to be used by the Buddhist majority as instruments of oppression over unpopular religious groups.

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Sri Lanka, religious oppression, religious speech, religion, Protection of Religious Freedom Act

Citation

29 B.C. Int’l & Comp. L. Rev. 123 (2006)