Monthly Archives: January 2014

National Shoora Council – A ray of hope for besieged Muslims in the paradise isle

By Latheef Farook It is history in the making for Sri Lanka’s Muslim community. This is how one could describe the 25 January 2014 inaugural general assembly meeting of the National Shoora Council, NSC, which elected a permanent general assembly … Continue reading

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Moderates are scared to express their thoughts: CBK

As the only living former President/Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, I felt the responsibility to speak out in order to resolve the prevalent religious tensions in the country, Former President Chandrika Bandaranike Kumaratunga said today. Speaking to the media during … Continue reading

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Sri Lanka clergy blame police for rising hate attacks

(AFP) – 8 hours ago Colombo — Sri Lanka’s Buddhist hierarchy and other religious leaders accused police Tuesday of failing to prosecute those behind a recent wave of attacks on Christians and Muslims. A multi-religious group led by Buddhist monks … Continue reading

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Burma mobs ‘kill 30 Rohingyas’

More than 30 Rohingya Muslims were killed in attacks by Buddhists last week in Burma’s Rakhine state, the BBC has been told. Two international aid officials who were granted access to the area in the far west of the country … Continue reading

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The continuing attacks on religious places of worship by Buddhist extremist mobs, the inaction of the Police and the silence of the mainstream religions and the mass media

23rd January, 2014 Statement condemning the continued attacks on religious places of worship by Buddhist extremist mobs, the inaction of the Police and the silence of the mainstream religions and the mass media We the undersigned, strongly condemn the continuing … Continue reading

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Supreme Court To Hear FR Case On Church Attack

The Supreme Court yesterday granted leave to proceed for a fundamental rights case (Case Number 19/2013 SCFR) filed on behalf of the Jeewana Alokaya Church in Weeraketiya, which was violently attacked on December 9 2012 and March 18 2013. The … Continue reading

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Sri Lanka – Attacks on churches: Muslim council raises concerns

The Sri Lanka Muslim Council raised concerns over threats faced by religious minorities in Sri Lanka following the latest attack on two churches in Hikkaduwa. In a letter to President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Sri Lanka Muslim Council said that Buddhist … Continue reading

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New places of religious worship only with prior approval of Ministry

By Chandani Kirinde View(s): The Ministry of Buddha Sasana and Religious Affairs has reiterated the need for those setting up and operating new places of religious worship to get prior approval from the Ministry. The move has been taken to … Continue reading

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Sri Lanka’s Leadership And The Attacks On Churches

By Fr. Sarath Iddamalgoda – The Sri Lankan Constitution and other laws and policies and the UN declaration on human rights protect religious freedom. The Sri Lankan Constitution states, “Every person is entitled to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, … Continue reading

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Galle Magistrate Orders Arrest Of Suspects In Hikkaduwa Church Attacks

Today (Jan 16th) the Police submitted their report to the Additional Magistrate, Galle,on the Hikkaduwa church attacks, in which the Calvary Free Church and the Assembly of God – Hikkaduwa were damaged by a violent mob on Sunday, January 12th. … Continue reading

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