India to back Sri Lanka at UNHRC Audio updated

India will back Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) session in Geneva, Minister in charge of Human Rights Mahinda Samarasinghe said today. “India has said they will give us their full support. I can say with responsibility that India is behind us 100 percent,” the Minister said. (Play audio below) The US is expected to put forward a resolution on Sri Lanka at the UNHRC calling for the implementation of the recommendations of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).Several European Union (EU) countries will back the resolution on Sri Lanka when the vote is taken later next month if the resolution is submitted. Samarasinghe said that following his statement to the council he had meetings with top officials from Thailand and Malaysia, both who had said that following the direct intervention of President Rajapaksa, their governments had decided to back Sri Lanka.The resolution on Sri Lanka, if it is to be submitted to the council, will be done by the third week of March, Samarasinghe said. Samarasinghe said that apart from India even Thailand and Malaysia will also back Sri Lanka at the ongoing session. [mp3player width=400 height=150 config=fmp_jw_widget_config.xml playlist=samarasinghe.xml] read more

How church choirs could hold secret to reinventing Islam as English faith

first_imgThe peer, who was the first Muslim woman to sit in Cabinet, has also suggested building mosques without minarets to make them look more like “quintessentially English” places of worship as much as any village church.She is calling on architects and designers to come up with new styles for Islamic places of prayer to blend in closely to their surroundings.The event is being held at the Woking Peace Garden, where Muslim soldiers who died in the two world wars are buried.A local school choir has been invited to sing Muslim hymns in English, presented in the English choral style. peace-garden Mosques are being encouraged to draw inspiration from church choirs as part of a drive to develop a distinctively “English” brand of Islam led by the former Conservative Party chairman Baroness Warsi.Muslim devotional verse and music could be adapted to sound similar to hymns sung in parish churches, drawing from the centuries-old traditions of English choral music, it has been suggested.The idea is among a series of proposals being discussed at a “very English” tea party in Surrey hosted by Lady Warsi and organised by the think-tank British Future. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Dr Avaes Mohammad of British Future added: “We have a British Islam, one that most Muslims here identify with, but with the union now looking more fragile and Englishness growing in importance, we may need an English Islam too.“An inclusive national identity can help bring us together as a society.“For that to happen, Englishness will need to feel open to ethnic and faith minorities.“Understanding our shared history can help.“Islam didn’t arrive in England with South Asian migrants after the war – its heritage here goes back much further.“It includes the Victorian converts who opened England’s first mosques and the 400,000 Muslims who fought for Britain in the First World War.“Knowing that, for Muslims and non-Muslims alike, can help us understand the multi-ethnic, multi-faith country that we live in today.” We have a British Islam, one that most Muslims here identify with, but with the union now looking more fragile and Englishness growing in importance, we may need an English Islam tooDr Avaes Mohammad Baroness Warsi said: “Recent polls have indicated that ethnic minority communities in England have tended to feel a much stronger association with Britishness than Englishness.  “Post-Brexit this question becomes more urgent.“An inclusive sense of national identity can bond us together. “How we use the physical spaces that we all share can help do that – whether it’s a new mosque that blends into its local surroundings or a peace garden in Woking.” Post-Brexit this question becomes more urgentBaroness Warsi Woking Peace GardenCredit:British Futurelast_img read more