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Is Muslim identity a liability in Sri Lanka?

21st June 2014 // 0 Comments

Rising attacks against Muslims by Buddhist supremacist groups raise questions about community’s safety. TAMIL – Done Nearly Extinct MUSLIM – Game is ON CHRISTIANS – Date to be Confirmed Never again 1983! Sri Lankans had so resolved after the horrors of the July 1983 – the darkest and the bloodiest month in the island nation’s post-independence history, the month that plunged this country into a 26-year separatist war, the month that brought an international shame on the South Asian country. Even when Buddhism’s holiest shrine in Sri Lanka – the Temple of the Tooth, the Buddhist equivalent of Muslim Mecca – was bombed by the separatist terrorists, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in 1998, the Sinhalese, who account for 74 percent of the country’s population, […]

Combating religious extremism!

21st June 2014 // 0 Comments

Combating religious extremism!  Watareka Vijitha Thera, a monk who has been at loggerheads with the extremist Buddhist association, Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) was on Thursday found with grievous injuries, abandoned under a bridge in Hirana, Panadura. The monk was abducted in the previous night from his temple by unidentified men, who reportedly tortured him, before he was dumped in Hirana with his arms and legs bound. Vijitha Thera, who is receiving treatment at the National Hospital has accused the BBS for the attack. The Thera is an arch-enemy of the BBS, of which supporters previously stormed a multi-religious media conference organized by the monk and the Muslim clergy. BBS General Secretary, Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera ingloriously called the rival monk, “Mohammed Vijitha”, slandering the monk’s efforts to […]

Police security withdrawn two weeks before brutal attack on the Monk who was friendly with Muslims!

21st June 2014 // 0 Comments

20/06/2014 Police protection for Ven. Wetarekka Vijitha Thera had been withdrawn two weeks before Thursday’s brutal attack on him, BBS a racist organisation which has the backing of the Rajapaksha family has threatened to attack him. Police spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana, contacted for comment, said yesterday that the thera had been given police protection for one and a half months following an attempt by a mob allegedly instigated by the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) to attack the Thera, at the Mahiyanganaya Pradeshiya Sabha, when he came to attend its sitting in April. The protection had been withdrawn as the threat subsided, the SSP said. Asked about the progress of the police investigation into the assault and cut injuries the monk received, the Police Spokesman said the police were […]

Did the BBS attack Vijitha Thero again?

21st June 2014 // 0 Comments

Venerable Watareka Vijitha Thero is a Buddhist Monk and the Chief Incumbent of the Rotalawela Mahaweli Maha Viharaya in Mahiyanganaya, in the Uva province. Vijitha Thero is also an elected member of the Mahiyangana Pradeshiya Sabha (a local government council in the Badulla district, in the Uva province), representing the ruling United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA). He has also been appointed as an all island Justice of the Peace[1]. Amongst Buddhist Monks, Vijitha Thero has immerged as the most prominent and consistent public critique of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS – meaning Buddhist Power Force). Despite many Buddhist Monks participating in inter-religious events, services, discussions and other symbolic events, no senior Buddhist Monk has come forward to publicly challenge the BBS’s version of Buddhism in […]

Sri Lanka’s Largest Muslim Owned “NOLIMIT” Panadura Currently In Flames

21st June 2014 // 0 Comments

The flagship store of the countrys largest Muslim clothing chain “NOLIMIT” Panadura is currently in flames after a mob set fire to it early this morning. Four fire brigade trucks are currently attempting to douse the fire, but according the eye witnesses, are failing due to the sheer magnitude of the fire. The building situated in the Panadura town is the largest clothing store in the area and the largest No limit outlet in the country. The clothing chain was identified and repeatedly attacked by the Bodu Bala Sena in successive speeches made by its General Secretary, Galagoda Atte Gnanasara who enjoys complete immunity from the law. Related stories; It Took Barely Two Months For BBS Gnanasara To Carry Out Malwatte Mahanayake’s Orders Video: “BBS Is Beyond My Control; […]

BTF Human Rights Team follows up on the HRC Resolution in Geneva

19th June 2014 // 0 Comments

http://tamilsforum.co.uk/2014/06/btf-human-rights-team-follows-up-on-the-hrc-resolution-in-geneva/ BTF Human Rights Team follows up on the HRC Resolution in Geneva Members of the Human Rights Team of BTF are currently present in Geneva attending the 26th Session of the UN Human Rights Council. The Human Rights Team persistently work for justice for the suffering Tamils in our homeland in the North and East of the Island of Sri Lanka. Our representatives met with iNGOs, diplomats, and experts to discuss the facilitation of evidence-gathering for the international investigation in Sri Lanka following the resolution for an international, independent, investigation in March 2014. The Team also highlighted the unlawful listing of Tamil Diaspora Organisations under UN Security Council Resolution 1373 to the diplomats. Furthermore, our representatives are following up on the issue of Sexual […]

Who is behind Sri Lanka’s religious violence?

19th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Muslims in East protest against Sinhala Buddhist violence in South Genocidal Sri Lanka shields terror against Tamil Muslims Bolivia, Cuba endorse Rajapaksa while anti-Muslim violence rocks ‘Sri Lanka’ Sinhala Buddhist monk attacks Muslims for use of Arabic Nigeria to ape ‘Sri Lanka model’ in handling Boko Haram insurgency Tensions are running high in the Democratic Socialist Republic after the worst acts of religious violence in decades. The Sri Lankan government has imposed an indefinite curfew in a popular tourist area after a group of Buddhists killed three muslims and injured dozens of others. President Mahinda Rajapakse’s government is accused of doing little to prevent this latest violence. It is said to have encouraged the rise of the Bodu Bana Sena, the group at the heart […]

DNA tests incriminate Tangalle PS chairman, two others

19th June 2014 // 0 Comments

The DNA testing on blood samples found at the crime scene in the Tangalle tourist resort where British Red Cross worker Khuram Shaikh was murdered and his girlfriend gang raped on the Christmas Eve 2011, tallied with three leading suspects including Sampath Vidanapathirana, the former chairman of the UPFA led Tangalle Pradeshiya Sabha, the report submitted to court said. The report to the Colombo High Court was presented by Dr. Nilmini Gunaratne who is a Professor at the Molecular Science Faculty at the Kelaniya University. According to the complaint, Khuram Shaikh, 32, from Milnrow near Rochdale was murdered at the tourist resort ‘The Nature’ in Tangalle on December 25, 2011 while he was on holiday from his work as a Red Cross worker in Gaza. […]

“Gotabaya Directly Involved In Attacks On Muslims”

19th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Is The BBS The Boss? The BBS Bid For Power And How To Beat It “Sri Lankan Government: Take Urgent Action To Stop Attacks On Muslims” Say 300 Sri Lankans Hartal Campaign Countrywide: “Gotabaya Directly Involved In Attacks On Muslims” Says MRO A dangerous road in Sri Lanka Anti-Muslim violence in what were once idyllic tourist spots on the southern Sri Lankan coast has once again underscored the majoritarianism that has dominated the politics of the country since the end of the war against the LTTE in 2009. Four people were killed and scores injured, and houses and businesses looted and burnt over two days. The violence, clearly instigated by a recently formed extremist Buddhist organisation called the Bodu Bala Sena, affected the seaside towns […]

‘People don’t want another Black July.’

19th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Remember the ‘Black July’? Bring all extremist leaders before the law – Intellectuals Artists Journalists appeal ‘People don’t want another Black July.’ NO BLACK JULY AGAIN!!!!!!! Members of the clergy, politicians and civil society representatives were among the crowd that gathered before the Fort Railway station today to protest against the anti-Muslim clashes that erupted in Southern Sri Lanka. The protest that was organized by the Movement for Equal Rights was titled ‘No Black July again!’ The crowd held placards and chanted slogans in Sinhala deprecating Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara and Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa and holding them responsible for the communal violence that erupted in Aluthgama and Beruwala on Sunday. At one point, the protesting crowd […]

Watareka Thero abducted & assaulted for being friendly with Muslims

19th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Video: “BBS Is Beyond My Control; Gnanasara’s Behaviour Unfitting For A Buddhist Monk” Says BBS Founding Leader Founding leader of the Buddhist group Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), Ven. Kirama Wimalajothi thera has publicly acknowledged the activities of the organization are ‘beyond his control’ while adding that it has influenced him to strongly consider his resignation from the group. Indicating signs of a major split within the BBS, Wimalajothi thera has criticized the conduct of the organisation’s General Secretary, Galagoda Atte Gnanasara. “Some of the words spoken by him are too harsh . . . some of them I do not approve of at all. His behaviour at times has been unfitting for a Buddhist monk,” he has said. Wimalajothi thera has gone on to state that although the BBS was […]

12 BBS Members were arrested and released on orders “from the top”.

18th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Three Muslims have been arrested this afternoon while reportedly attempting to torch a Sinhalese business establishment in Darga Town, with no arrests being made as yet on the mob which caused mayhem in theAluthgama and surrounding area during the past two nights. Reports said that the youth had been arrested with two petrol bombs, while one youth had been arrested while attempting to flee. The Colombo Telegraph reliably learns, that 12 persons who were the ‘main brains’ behind the riots, belonging to the BBS or its affiliations were arrested and released on orders “from the top”. Speaking on condition of anonymity, a senior defence official told Colombo Telegraph that the 12 persons played an integral role in the riot, but were released due to orders. Meanwhile, a Bodu […]

Government so insecure with its isolationist policy that it wishes to share the blame with Parliament

17th June 2014 // 0 Comments

By R. Sampanthan – I wish to make a statement to place on record the position of the Tamil National Alliance regarding the Motion that has been put forward for debate and related matters of public importance. It is indeed ironic that the government now at this late stage seeks the imprimatur of Parliament for its own dire failings. This government, which has so brazenly turned Parliament into an object of ridicule – by enticing unscrupulous members of the opposition to cross over for personal gain and by providing executive posts to almost half the members of the house – now turns to Parliament on a question of fundamental importance to the country. It is plainly clear to the entire country that this turn to Parliament is […]

“Muslims should be finished”

16th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Barbarism Of Sinhala Buddhist Extremist Forces Against Muslims By Eastern Muslim University Teachers’ Association for Human Rights – The Eastern Muslim University Teachers’ Association condemns the outrageous barbarism unleashed against the Muslims of Sri Lanka by the Sinhala Buddhist extremist forces like Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) aimed at resurrecting another pogrom of 1915 or 1983…………. READ MORE Horror In Aluthgama: Their Crime; Our Shame By Tisaranee Gunasekara – “In this country we still have a Sinhala police; we still have a Sinhala army. After today if a single Marakkalaya or some other paraya (alien) touches a single Sinhalese…..it will be their end.” – Galagoda-Atte Gnanasara Thera (Aluthgama – 15.6.2014)[i] “Call him a Bikkhu who controls his hand, also his feet; who is well controlled, who is happy within himself; who is […]

Sri Lanka Muslim Congress decided to remain with the UPFA government, despite killing of Muslims

16th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Mahinda Government should be held responsible for everything says Justice Minister Rauff Hakeem Leader of Sri Lanka Muslim Congress and Justice Minister Rauff Hakeem has visited Dharga town in Aluthgama, a short while ago. Hakeem is accompanied by several senior officials of the Sri Lanka Mulim Congress.  Although the situation is now tranquil in Beruwala and Aluthgama, uncertainly still looms large over the area with Police confirming two deaths due to last night’s clashes. Many Muslims in Aluthgama, who gathered in mosques last night due to fear of being attacked, are yet to return to their homes.  Speaking to BBC this morning, Justice Minister Rauff Hakeem said he was seriously considering retirement from his position as a result of yesterday’s clashes. Justice Minister, in an interview […]

The extremist Buddhists led by Bodu Bala Sena attacked Muslims and are still in the area despite curfew + Videos

16th June 2014 // 0 Comments

The extremist Buddhists led by Bodu Bala Sena attacked Muslims and are still in the area despite curfew Police use tear gas and enforce curfew in two coastal towns to end fighting between Muslims and Buddhists. Sri Lankan police have fired tear gas and enforced a curfew in two coastal towns popular with tourists in an attempt to end clashes between Muslims and Buddhists that threatens to set off wider religious violence. “Several Muslim-owned shops have been burned and homes attacked,”  “Some Buddhists are deliberately targeting Muslims. But unfortunately police have not been able to protect the minorities,” Hilmy Ahmed, spokesperson of Muslim Council of Sri Lanka All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU) issuing a special statement has requested Muslims across the country to remain calm. It also requests all parties, including […]

Sri Lankan Muslim Minister trapped by ethnic clashes

16th June 2014 // 0 Comments

At least 40 people were injured and mosques and 10 shops were damaged in clashes that started at a protest march led by hardline Buddhist group Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), or the “Buddhist power force”.  There has been increasing violence against Muslims in Sri Lanka since 2012, mirroring events in Myanmar, which has seen a surge of attacks by members of the majority Buddhist community against Muslims. Many independent analysts say well-coordinated violence against Muslims and Christians appears to have tacit state backing as those involved in previous attacks have yet to be punished. BBS Group is backed by Gotha Rajapaksha who is feared more powerful than President in Sri Lanka and is suspected of using the racial groups support to take over from Mahinda as President. […]

Curfew imposed in Sri Lanka following clash between Sinhala-Buddhists and Muslims in the area.

15th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Eyewitness accounts tell of Muslims being pulled off local buses and beaten. There are also reports of looting. Witnesses say Muslim homes and a mosque were stoned. Sri Lankan media received “orders from above” not to report the violence. The Sri Lankan authorities have imposed a curfew on two southern towns to quell clashes between a hardline Buddhist group and Muslims. When the Muslims in the area started reacting to the protest, things took a violent turn, a senior police officer said. Several people are reported to have been injured, shops burned and stones thrown at Buddhist marchers there. The clashes are said to have begun after the rally held by the BBS, the Bodu Bala Sena, or Buddhist Brigade supported by Defence Minister Gotha Rajapaksha.  The […]

OHCHR Probe From Mid-June & Witness and Victim Protection Bill

15th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Witness protection area of concern in probe By Easwaran Rutnam The investigation into the war in Sri Lanka by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) will be launched in mid-June, Rupert Colville, the spokesman for the OHCHR said. The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) will have the option of referring the report to the UN Security Council (UNSC) once it has been received by the UNHRC in March next year. Colville said that initially, the report will be presented to the Human Rights Council and the UNHRC will then decide what to do next, as it has a range of options including referral to higher bodies. “The Security Council can take up any issues it chooses at any time, providing there […]

SLMC To Discuss Probe & We Are Ready To Deal With The Consequences – Government

15th June 2014 // 0 Comments

By Waruni Karunarathne The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) is to take a stand tomorrow on the motion submitted to Parliament against the proposed investigation led by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The motion that was submitted to Parliament recently will be taken up for debate this week but the SLMC said it will decide its position tomorrow. “The SLMC will meet tomorrow to discuss several matters including the motion against the OHCHR investigation in Sri Lanka. At the meeting tomorrow, we will decide whether to support the motion or not,” SLMC General Secretary Hasan Ali said. Meanwhile the main opposition United National Party (UNP) had on Friday urged the Government to cooperate with the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) […]

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