Sri Lanka Fact Sheet: Violations of the Right to Freedom of Religion and Attacks on Religious Minorities: March -August 2014

Demonstrators from the "Power of Ravana" organization clash with police officers during a protest against the visit by U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Pillay, in Colombo(Lanka-e-News- 15.Sep.2014, 6.00PM) Notwithstanding the local and international pressure, violations of the right to freedom of religion and attacks on religious minorities continued unabated in Sri Lanka. In the month of June, Sri Lanka witnessed the largest anti-Muslim riots seen in the country after 1914. Led by the Buddhist extremist organization Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), mobs rioted in the Southern costal towns of Aluthgama and Beruwala. The riot was pre- planned…(Read Full Story click here)