Monthly Archives: November 2016

On The Need For Introspection: The Rise Of Intolerance & Warped Narratives

By Hafeel Farisz – During my resident time at the Na Uyana Aaranya, Malsiripura in my early twenties, the first two books introduced to me by Ven. Ananda thero were- the ‘ Milinda Panha’ in Sinhala and the Kalama Sutta, … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to the Minister of Justice Hon. Wijedasa Rajapakshe

19 Nov 2016 Hon. Wijedasa Rajapakse Minister of Justice Colombo An Open Letter to the Minister of Justice Hon. Wijedasa Rajapakshe Minister Rajapakse, The Muslim community takes serious exception to the censorious remarks made by you in Parliament on 17th … Continue reading

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CBK’s office raises concerns over rise in hate speech

The Office for National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR) headed by former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga has noted with concern, the rise of hate speech in Sri Lanka in the recent past, which challenges the initiatives being taken by the Government … Continue reading

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Security Council Contradicts Defence Sec And Wijeyadasa: Denies 32 Sri Lankans Joined ISIS

The Security Council has refuted a statement made by Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe that 32 Sri Lankan Muslims have joined ISIS. During a meeting held with President Maithripala Sirisena, the Security Council had said that they have received no information … Continue reading

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More equal than others

By Dharisha Bastians Radical Buddhist monks threatening demolition of majority Muslim suburbs of Colombo and employing violent, racist and threatening rhetoric against public officials continue to enjoy impunity under the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe Government, which was swept into office on a wave … Continue reading

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Some elements engaged in anti-Muslim campaigns: ACJU

All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU) said today some elements were actively engaged in continuous anti-Muslim campaigns which would induce racism and disrupt the prevailing peace and coexistence. “Such activities targeted towards a community, would disrupt the prevailing peace and coexistence … Continue reading

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Muslim Council Slams Wijeyadasa’s Inflammatory Speech, Says It Will Give Rise To More Tensions

The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka (MCSL) has strongly objected the statement made in Parliament by the Minister of Justice Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe about the Muslim community. The minister has implied that 32 Muslims have joined the ISIS recently. Issuing a … Continue reading

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Wijeyadasa Repeats Old Story In Parliament And Provokes Anti-Muslim Campaign

Instead of attempting to take genuine efforts to quell rising ethnic tensions among the Muslims and the Sinhalese in the country, Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe made a statement in Parliament on Friday, which will very likely fuel the anti-Muslim campaign … Continue reading

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Paracheriweli and the Jaffna Muslims’ struggle to return

By Swasthika Arulingam In July this year, a conference on social justice was held at the Jaffna Public Library.  Amongst the many topics discussed in the conference were the social and economic challenges faced by the Jaffna Muslims amidst an … Continue reading

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Police arrest Thawheed Jamath Secretary as hate-speech, religious tensions simmer again

• Arrest of radical SLTJ rep • follows ultimatum issued to IGP by BBS Chief Gnanasara Thero • BBS General Secretary threatens to attack Maligawatte if Razik is not arrested • No police action yet against Batticaloa monk casting racial … Continue reading

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