Hindu Prayers Cancelled in Sri Lanka due to Government Threats: TGTE

TGTEHindus in Sri Lanka were forced to cancel their prayers due to threats and intimidation by the Sri Lankan Security forces, said Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE). According to local Tamil newspapers and other sources this incident happened on September 4, 2014 in Jaffna, in the North of the Island. This was the second time in recent days that Hindus have to cancel their prayers due to threats by Sri Lankan Security Forces said TGTE.
These prayers were organized by families who were forced out of their homes by the Sri Lankan Government forces during the war. They were praying that the Sri Lankan Government allow them to return their homes.

These families were living in refugee camps for several years facing numerous abuses, including sexual abuses by the Sri Lankan Security forces.

On September 4, 2014 large number of armed Sri Lankan Security forces arrived at the place where the families have set up a structure to hold prayers. The Security forces threatened the families to remove the structure and stop the prayers. They were threatened with dire consequences if they fail to obey their orders. Fearing reprisals families cancelled their prayers and removed the structures.

Restrictions on Hindus to worship is increasing in Sri Lanka. According to BBC (Tamil service) a recent judgment requires Hindus to get permission from local government officials to perform their prayers.

During the civil war in Sri Lanka, hundreds of Hindu Temples were attacked and destroyed by the Sri Lankan Security forces. Numerous Hindu priests were also killed by the Sri Lankan forces.

Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam�s (TGTE) Minister for Homeland Affairs Ms. Balambihai Murugadas has appealed to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion Mr. Heiner Bielefeldt, to take steps to ensure that Hindus in Sri Lanka can worship without intimidation and threats by the Sri Lankan Security forces.

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