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Security checks must be culturally sensitive – HRC

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The Human Rights Commission is urging the Ministry of Education to issue a clear set of guidelines for face coverings that are permissible in schools.

Dr. Deepika Udagama the HRC Chair in a letter to Education Ministry Secretary Nihal Ranasinghe says such guidelines will prevent incidents where some persons were not allowed into school premises because of their attire.

Dr. Udagama is stressing that due to the current security situation only face coverings are banned.

She added that no particular dress is disallowed.

The Chairperson also says that while security is of paramount important checking “only persons dressed in Muslim dress, for instance, the Abaya, singles out a particular community.”

“This, in turn, could give rise to dissension and dissatisfaction,” she warns.

She urges the Education Secretary to immediately issue guidelines as several incidents have taken place in schools in Badulla and Awissawella in the past few days.

“These maybe minor incidents, but they can act as seeds to bigger conflicts,” she says.

These guidelines will ensure that all security checks are carried out in schools with cultural sensitivity, she adds.

These are the guidelines on head coverings released by the Human Rights Commission

The Human Rights Commission is urging the Ministry of Education to issue a clear set of guidelines for face coverings that are permissible in schools.