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Success of the visit of the Minister of Justice to Singapore

Justice Minister Ali Sabry, PC led a high-level delegation on an official visit to Singapore from February 13-17 at the invitation of Singapore’s Minister of Home Affairs and Law, K. Shanmugam .

During the visit, the Minister met with his counterpart K. Shanmugam and had discussions on collaboration between Sri Lanka and Singapore in the legal field.

Minister Ali Sabry, PC thanked Minister K. Shanmugam for the invitation and hospitality extended to the Sri Lankan delegation.

Minister Ali Sabry, PC was briefed on recent changes to several important pieces of legislation, including the Penal Code, the Religious Harmony Act and the Singapore Internal Security Act. Both sides discussed lessons learned from the operational aspects of the legislation and amendments.

The two ministers also agreed to explore the possibility of sending a team of officials from Singapore to Sri Lanka to better understand the Sri Lankan legal context and conduct a series of investigations.

webinars for Sri Lankan Ministry of Justice officials.

Minister Ali Sabry, PC also visited the Resource and Counseling Center (RCC) of the Religious Rehabilitation Group (RRG) on February 14. Associate Professor Dr Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, Minister of State, Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of National Development and senior leadership of the Religious Rehabilitation Group (RRG) joined Minister Ali Sabry, PC and explained their approach to making against religious extremism with a focus on re-education.

The Sri Lankan delegation also participated in a virtual briefing on the process of automation of Singapore courts by the Supreme Court of Singapore. Citing Sri Lanka’s own efforts in modernizing and automating the courts in Sri Lanka, Minister Ali Sabry, PC, said the system put in place in Singapore could be a valuable case study for Sri Lanka. It was agreed to hold a series of webinars on the Singapore Court Automation System for Sri Lankan officials.

The Minister also visited the Maxwell Chambers in Singapore on February 15.

Several briefings on the Singapore Legal Technology Platform, the Singapore Dispute Resolution Ecosystem, the Singapore International Mediation Centre, the Singapore Court of International Arbitration and the Singapore Court of International Commerce were were held at Maxwell Chambers.

A visit to the Harmony Center in Singapore took place on February 16, where Singapore’s Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Second Minister for Law Edwin Tong met and welcomed the Sri Lankan delegation.

Harmony Center officials conducted a briefing and tour of the center focusing on Islam and interfaith relations and the role of Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura (MUIS), also known as the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore, in the protection of the Islamic community of Singapore. the continuing and evolving threat of radicalization.

MUIS leaders explained that their approach was to work with the community to forge Singaporean Muslim identity. It was emphasized that they prioritize shaping religious life within Singapore’s national context.

The Minister also visited the Heritage Center of the Singapore Department of Homeland Security (ISD) and the Diversity in Harmony Gallery, as well as the Inter-Religious Organization (IRO) and interacted with several prominent members of Singaporean civil society.

The Sri Lankan delegation led by the Minister of Justice was made up of Prof.

Rohan Gunaratna, Director General of the Institute for National Security Studies, Sri Lanka. Navin Marapana, PC, Head of Ministry of Justice Sub-Committee on Digitization and Automation of Courts of the entire Legal/Judicial System in Sri Lanka and Shamir Zavahir, Head of Reforms and Coordinating Secretary of the Minister’s office at the Department of Justice.

Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to Singapore Sashikala Premawardhane, First Secretary Nanduni Govinnage and First Secretary Madusanka Jayasinghe accompanied the minister on the high-level meetings and visits.

The visit was coordinated by the Sri Lankan High Commission in Singapore with support from the Ministries of Home Affairs and Foreign Affairs of Singapore, and the Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka.