No word on what’s become of Sri Lanka’s Anti-Conversion Law.

By August 17, 2004

Sri Lanka (MNN)–Meanwhile, Sri Lanka is a conservative Buddhist state, and there are plans in the works to keep it that way.

Twenty-two petitions challenging the constitutionality of the anti conversion bill and 13 petitions in support of the bill were taken up for inquiry before the Supreme Court.

Christian missionaries are troubled over the movement of an anti-conversion law into government and its impact on outreach. The Sri Lankan Supreme Court reviewed the law’s constitutionality August 12th and sent recommendations to the President and Speaker, but there’s been no public report.

A recent spate of attacks on Christians fuel concerns of rising persecution under the law. Believers fear the law might lead to abuses and curtail religious freedom.

Christians make up less than eight percent of the 19 million population of Sri Lanka, where more than 60,000 people have died in a 30-year armed campaign by Tamil separatists. Buddhism is practiced by nearly 70 percent of the population.

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