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Relief and Religion in Post-Tsunami Sri Lanka
A briefing on religious tension in Sri Lanka before and after the
tsunami and issues facing faith-based relief organizations.
by Roger Severino, Esq.
of The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty
Friday, January 28, 9:30 am
Cannon HOB 122
Breakfast will be served.
The Becket Fund for Religious
Liberty is an interfaith, nonpartisan, public-interest law firm
dedicated to protecting the free expression of all religious traditions.
Last summer, Mr. Severino traveled to Sri Lanka where he met with
religious and government officials, and interviewed several victims
of violent religious persecution.
Congressional interest in
religious tensions in Sri Lanka has increased as a result of widespread
attacks on churches and religiously-affiliated NGOs and the recent
actions of the Sri Lanka Parliament, including introduction of legislation
that would criminalize religious conversion attempts. Inter-religious
tensions survived the tsunami as the relief efforts of religiously-affiliated
NGOs are being called into question in overwhelmingly Theravada
Buddhist Sri Lanka.
The briefing will address
these issues as well as recent history of the tensions and possible
effects on present relief efforts.
For more information, please
call Roger Severino at 202 349-7230 or go to lankaliberty.com,
a website sponsored by the Becket Fund.