11th March 2018

Fresh anti-Muslim attack in Sri Lanka

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ECONOMYNEXT – A Muslim-owned restaurant was vandalised in Sri Lanka Sunday despite a nation-wide police alert against hate crimes after last week’s ethnic riots provoked a state of emergency, officials said. Attackers smashed the “Madeena Muslim Hotel” restaurant in the north-western town of Anamaduwa, 130 kilometres (81 miles) north of Colombo in the early hours of Sunday, police said adding that they were treating it as a hate crime. “Police constables had been deployed to guard the area, but it looks like they were not at the location when the attack took place,” a senior police officer said adding that disciplinary action will be taken against those responsible. The attack came as the authorities lifted curfews in the central hill resort of Kandy, about 100 […]

Sinhala MP urged the youths to be prepared to take revenge on Muslims – will he be arrested and charged?

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The funeral of the person who died in a bomb blast during the racial clashes in Kandy has taken place. Racists have been saying it was Muslims who had carried out the blast. But, the truth is now coming out, with police investigations revealing that the deceased had the bomb in his possession, which went off accidentally. The funeral was attended by several politicians, where MP Dilum Amunugama made a speech that provoked the Sinhalese. He said the bomb attack was carried out by Muslims and that there was eyewitness evidence. Sinhalese cannot remain like cowards when they are being attacked by the Muslims. Amunugama said that he would be going to Colombo and would be back tomorrow night. He urged the youths to be […]

To present petition with 200,000 signatures Gajendrakumar goes to Geneva Selvaraja to follow with petition

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President of the Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF) Gajendrakuamar Ponnambalam left for Geneva on Friday (9), to hand over a petition, bearing 200,000 signatures, urging the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to engage in investigating war crimes allegations. The signatures, which are being collected at the moment, will be taken to Geneva by Selvaraja Gajendrakumar, who, together with Ponnabalam, will hand them over to the Council. A lawyer and former Parliamentarian, Ponnambalam whose party secured nearly 80 seats at the recent LG polls in the Jaffna District alone, left for Geneva with the intention of urging the UN member countries to push the Council to get Sri Lanka work on its initial promise, to investigate war crimes with international judges. But the Government had managed […]

Efforts fall short of realization of core terms of the Resolution I had great hopes in the new Govt – Navi Pillay

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By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan Renowned international Jurist and former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navanethem Pillay, claimed that the violent attack against Muslims by Sinhala Buddhists in the Kandy administrative District was “not a religious clash, but another expression of brutality pervasive in society, a legacy of the long war and two insurgencies. “I had great hope that the new Government will deliver on the undertakings they gave the HRC. They articulated a strong will to do so, and convinced the member States of their serious intent to implement the Resolution. They were well-positioned to implement the Resolution in full, being a State with democratic institutions and an independent judiciary, but these efforts fall short of realization of the core terms of the […]

Communal Violenc Demonstrates That Country Is Heading For an Uncertain Future

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By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene Some months ago, I happened to have a chance conversation with a fellow traveller en route when returning to Sri Lanka. Highly educated in the engineering sciences, he hailed from Mawanella (a town close to Kandy) and after a while, the exchange turned to a discussion on how his village had changed with the passing of time. Coming into being of hostile communities ‘I remember when we were children,’ he said ‘our Muslim neighbours and their children would treat our houses as if it was theirs and we did the same with them. We celebrated during festivals but not only that, the pace of ordinary life was punctuated with constant interactions. But now it has all changed. Everywhere we see people dressing […]