Senior (Dummy) Minister Fowzie wants violence probed

21st June 2014 // 0 Comments

Senior Minister of Urban Affairs, A.H.M. Fowzie has urged President Mahinda Rajapaksa to call for an investigation into the violence that erupted in Aluthgama, Beruwala and Dharga Town, in order to determine if it was a coup targetting the President.Minister Fowzie had wanted to meet President Rajapaksa at the height of the clashes this week, but had been unable to do so as the President had been in Bolivia, when the incidents had taken place. The incidents may have been directed at the President, and it is therefore, of paramount importance that an investigation is carried out to determine whether it was directed at the Muslim community or the President himself, Fowzie had said. Fowzie went on to say that the result of such a coup […]

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 […]

Investigate The Links Between BBS And Military – HRW Tells Sri Lanka

21st June 2014 // 0 Comments

The Human Rights Watch has called on the Government of Sri Lanka to go beyond simply arresting those carrying out anti-Muslim violence and to step up measures implemented to tackle violence against minorities by investigating and identifying instigators. In a statement issued by the HRW on Thursday, it’s Director (Asia) Brad Adams had called on the government of Sri Lanka to take a ‘hard look at the role and relationship between extremist Buddhist groups like the BBS and the Sri Lankan security forces’. Following is the statement: The Sri Lankan authorities should urgently investigate recent deadly violence against minority Muslim communities, Human Rights Watch said today. The violence, which began on June 15, 2014, after a rally led by the ultranationalist Buddhist Bodhu Bala Sena (BBS) organization, […]

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; […]

NEWS by GTF

20th June 2014 // 0 Comments

AL-JAZEERA  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** Sri Lanka army ‘blocks’ return of Tamils <http://www.aljazeera.com/video/asia/2014/06/sri-lanka-army-blocks-return-tamils-201461818134154167.html>   BBC NEWS ASIA Sri Lanka Muslims call for UN help over sectarian violence <http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-27916617>   –NEWS–   COLOMBO GAZETTE  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** Anti-BBS monk kidnapped, attacked <http://colombogazette.com/2014/06/19/anti-bbs-monk-found-assaulted/>   COLOMBO GAZETTE  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** Muslim council for hate groups ban <http://colombogazette.com/2014/06/19/muslim-council-for-hate-groups-ban/>   THE ISLAND  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** Rauff wants two top UN officials to scrutinise GoSL conduct <http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=105344>   REPORTERS WITHOUT BORDERS SECTARIAN VIOLENCE IN SOUTH DECLARED OFF-LIMITS FOR MEDIA <http://en.rsf.org/sri-lanka-sectarian-violence-in-south-17-06-2014,46465.html>   DAILY FT  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** Parliament approves move to reject UNHRC probe; Opposition cries foul <http://www.ft.lk/2014/06/19/parliament-approves-move-to-reject-unhrc-probe-opposition-cries-foul/>   THE NATION  **COMMENTS CAN BE POSTED** Motion against UNHRC probe passed by 134 votes <http://www.nation.lk/edition/breaking-news/item/30389-motion-against-unhrc-probe-passed-by-134-votes.html>   COLOMBO TELEGRAPH  **COMMENTS […]

Sri Lanka Muslims call for UN help

20th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka’s Muslims have asked the UN to intervene after homes and businesses in the south were destroyed during some of the worst religious violence in the country’s history. The riots claimed at least four lives and were mainly carried out by gangs of Sinhalese Buddhists. Charles Haviland reports from Beruwala. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-27916617 Muslim council for hate groups ban The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka has urged President Mahinda Rajapaksa to immediately investigate the actions of all extremist groups and ban those who have been carryout a campaign of hate, intimidation and violence against Muslims, Christians and other religious minorities. In a letter to the President, a copy of which was released to the media, the Muslim Council said that recent incidents have heightened fears that violence […]

Sri Lanka army ‘blocks’ return of Tamils

20th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Army control of homes and farms prevents return to Jaffna of thousands of civil war refugees, locals and activists say. The Sri Lankan army’s control of property left vacant by fleeing civil war refugees has stopped thousands of Tamils returning home, according to activists. After Sri Lanka declared victory over the Tamil Tigers in 2009, the army took control of farms and houses left empty by Tamils who had fled the violence. The military says its mission in northern Jaffna is to prevent “hardline rebel sympathisers” from returning from abroad. But rights groups say the “militarisation” of Tamil areas means thousands of people who fled the war still cannot return. Al Jazeera’s Charles Stratford reports from Jaffna, Sri Lanka.

Question by Jim Cunningham MP on sexual violence issues in Sri Lanka

20th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka Mr Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for what reason Sri Lanka has not been included as a priority country for the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative. [200735] Mr Swire: The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague), Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI) is global in reach. It aims to address impunity for crimes of conflict-related sexual violence wherever these occur. We remain concerned at reports of a culture of impunity for rape and sexual violence and a lack of support for victims in Sri Lanka, as well as reports of the use of sexual violence as a means of torture in custody. We have engaged significantly […]

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 […]

‘Kidnappers Attempted To Circumcise Vijitha Thera’

19th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Police sources confirmed Asian Mirror that the group who abducted Watareka Vijitha Thera, a rival monk of Bodu Bala Sena, had attempted to circumcise him! Speaking to our reporters, a senior Police officer who is involved in the investigations said wounds on his private parts were suggestive of an attempted circumcision. He also stated that the group had attempted to cut him with  blade. Hospital sources also confirmed that there were a few injuries on his head which were suggestive of an assault. They also said the group had intoxicated the Thera before releasing him near the ‘Hirana bridge’ in Panadura. Vijitha Thera, who is presently receiving treatment at Colombo National Hospital, is to undergo a scan-test, hospital sources added. The Police officer said Vijithe […]

MP Sitsabaiesan urges Sri Lanka to uphold constitution, protect minorities

19th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Sri Lankan-born Canadian MP Rathika Sitsabaiesan urged the Sri Lankan government to uphold its constitution by protecting its citizens in the wake of deadly ethnic violence in southern Sri Lanka. “I strongly condemn the attacks in Sri Lanka. Three Muslims have already been killed during mob attacks while many others have been severely injured. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families, NDP MP Rathika Sitsabaiesan for Scarborough–Rouge River said in a statement today. Sitsabaiesan, elected in 2011 is the first person of Sri Lankan origin to hold federal office, urged the Canadian government to take steps to encourage Sri Lanka to protect minorities. The NDP MP went on cite the Sri Lankan constitution, and the rights and freedoms enshrined to all Sri […]

Anti-BBS monk kidnapped, attacked

19th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Video: “BBS Is Beyond My Control; Gnanasara’s Behaviour Unfitting For A Buddhist Monk” Says BBS Founding Leader Anti BBS Monk Mercilessly Flogged For Second Time Let The Govt. Enforce The Law Against BBS And Extremist Anti-BBS monk kidnapped, attacked The venerable Watareka vijitha thero, a Buddhist monk who openly spoke against the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), was found assaulted and left on the road in the Panadura area. Police spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said that the monk was found near the road this morning and was admitted to the Panadura hospital. Watareka vijitha thero has been openly critical of the actions of the BBS and was even verbally abused by the BBS at a press conference in Colombo. The monk even expressed opposition to the […]

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 […]

Police to tighten security in Sri Lanka in anticipation of Muslim protests

19th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka’s police will tighten security around the country in anticipation of Muslim protests after communal clashes left three dead and resulted in the arrest of 55 people in southern towns, the police chief told media on Thursday. A special security operation will be put into effect on Friday as most Muslims gather at mosques to pray, Police Chief K. Illangakoon told reporters. Over the past few days protests over the clashes have spread and Opposition politicians condemned the incident in parliament. The move comes after the Muslim community in capital Colombo and the Eastern Province staged protests by closing their shops. They condemned communal clashes that took place in the southern Sri Lankan towns of Aluthgama and Beruwala that resulted in widespread violence with […]

JHU asks the police to protect the lives and properties of the Sinhalese in Muslim-majority areas

19th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Government affiliate JHU says Muslim groups should take responsibility if clashes resume due to the hartals being called by them. In a statement, JHU leader Ven. Omalpe Sobhitha Thera says the Muslims who were linked to violent incidents in the past few days are still at large. The statement asks the police to arrest them and enforce the law equally. It says Muslim parties and religious and civil organizations are planning to raise black flags, close shops and hold hartals tomorrow as the situation in Aluthgama and Darga Town is returning to normal. They should also take responsibility if Sinhala business places, Buddhist places of worship or Buddha statues by the roadsides are damaged. The JHU also asks the police to protect the lives and […]

3000 Sri Lankan Muslims protests in London – PHOTOS

18th June 2014 // 0 Comments

More than 3000 Sri Lankan Muslims protested today outside the Prime Ministers house in London today. The Protests was against the Sri Lankan government sponsored riots on the Minority Muslim community. Four people were killed and nearly 80 seriously wounded, while dozens of homes, businesses and vehicles were torched, with violence spreading to Beruwala.  Protesters urged authorities to investigate and take action against those responsible. Large number of Muslim Women and Children took part in the protest. The attacks are the latest in a series of religious clashes to hit Sri Lanka following unrest in January and last year, when Buddhist mobs attacked a mosque in the capital Colombo. Muslims make up about 10 percent of the 20 million population, but are accused by nationalists of […]

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