Fresh anti-Muslim attack in Sri Lanka

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…

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

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…

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

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…

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

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…

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Communal Violenc Demonstrates That Country Is Heading For an Uncertain Future

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…

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