Lankan president appoints task force led by controversial monk for ‘One Country, One Law’

COLOMBO: Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has appointed a 13-member task force, headed by a hardline Buddhist monk known for his anti-Muslim stance, for the establishment of the ‘One Country, One Law’ concept in the island nation and to prepare a draft Act. The ‘One Country, One Law’ was an election slogan of Rajapaksa in 2019 when he was elected president with an overwhelming support from the country’s Buddhist majority.

The task force, appointed by President Rajapaksa through a special gazette for the establishment of the ‘One Country, One Law’ concept, is headed by Galagodaaththe Gnanasara, the hardline Buddhist monk who became a symbol of anti-Muslim hatred in the country. Gnanasara’s Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) or the Forces of Buddhist Power, was implicated in the anti-Muslim riots in 2013. The task force also has four Muslim scholars as members but no representation has been allowed for the minority Tamils.

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