USTPAC mourns the passing of Mr. JM Rajaratnam
USTPAC mourns the passing of Mr. JM Rajaratnam. Mr. Rajaratnam has been a fearless advocate for Tamil rights, and provided leadership for decades in the US on Tamil affairs. [TW]
Christians Being Targets of Violence in the Past Empathize Today with the Targeted Muslims in Sri Lanka-Anglican Bishop of Colombo
by Rt.Revd. Dhiloraj R.Canagasabey
The Church of Ceylon has released the following media release through the Bishop of Colombo Rt. Revd. Dhiloraj R. Canagasabey:
“I am deeply perturbed and concerned—at the large scale violence unleashed on members of the Muslim community last weekend (15th June 2014), in Aluthgama, Beruwala, Dharaga Town, Walpitiya and Welipenna areas. My thoughts and prayers are with the all those affected in their time of sorrow. This violence was wholly avoidable; that it was allowed to happen brings us shame as a country and as Sri Lankans. [TW]
President Rajapaksa Scolds Rishad Badhiutheen at Cabinet Meeting and Tells his Commerce Minister to “Stop Speaking and Shut Up”
Sparks flew at the weekly cabinet meeting held on Thursday June 19th when the issue of anti Muslim violence instigated by the Bodhu Bala Sena in Aluthgama and Beruwela was discussed.
Heated arguments occurred between Muslim cabinet ministers Rauff Hakeem and Rishad Badhiutheen on the one hand and Buddhist cabinet ministers Champika Ranawaka on the other. [DBSJ]
Sri Lanka: North meets South
By Thulasi Muttulingam
A mass-scale exhibition of products / tourism on offer in the North viz. Jaffna, Killinochchi, Mullaitivu, Vavuniya and Mannar, was held in the Southern Province, Colombo recently.
Organized by the Nucleus Foundation in collaboration with the Good Market Project and USAID, it was held over two days at the Battaramulla Diyatha Uyana and the Colombo Race Course. Its organizers claimed that the event was designed to promote tourism as well as products / services from the North to the South, as well as forge economic and business partnerships between the provinces. Apparently 230 micro-level entrepreneurs (small / micro businesses) travelled to Colombo from across the Northern Province to showcase their wares. [MJ]
USTPAC Strongly Condemns Violence Against Muslims in Sri Lanka
Stronger international oversight urged to ensure accountability and protection of ethnic and religious groups
Washington, DC: The United States Tamil Political Action Council (USTPAC) strongly condemns the attack on the Muslims in the town of Aluthgama in Sri Lanka on Sunday and calls on the international community to address the rampant impunity on the island. [TW]
National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka Strongly Condemns Attack on Muslims in Aluthgama and Beruwela
(Text of a Press Release Issued by the National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka)
The National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka (NCEASL) strongly condemns the blatant attack on members of the Muslim minority, in Aluthgama and Beruwela on the 15th of June 2014 that reportedly left Muslim-owned shops in the area torched, mosques damaged, 80 people injured with at least 7 people admitted to the hospital with gunshot wounds and 3 dead. [DBSJ]
Armed Anti-Muslim Gangs Continue to Roam Freely in the Aluthgama Area Restricting Access to Muslim Victims of Violence
Although Prime Minister DM Jayaratne has informed Parliament that the situation in Aluthgama, Dharga Nagar, Beruwela and other areas have been normalised , the actual reality in the troubled region is different say informed sources who visited those places recently.
According to these sources armed gangs of thugs and hoodlums describing themselves as Sinhala Buddhist patriots are roaming about freely in the areas despite the heavy Police and Special Task Force (STF) presence and in spite of a curfew being in progress. [DBSJ]
Bodhu Bala Sena Instigates Anti-Muslim Violence – Mosques, Businesses and Houses Attacked – Thousands Seek Refuge – Indefinite Curfew in Aluthgama and Beruwela Police Divisions
by D.B.S. Jeyaraj
A curfew was clamped down in the Aluthgama and Beruwela Police divisions of Kalutara district in the Western Province of Sri Lanka following an outbreak of communal violence on Sunday June 15th 2014 that was triggered off by the “Ethno Religious Fascist”Organization the Bodhu Bala Sena(BBS). [DBSJ]
BBC Video-Aluthgama clashes-via [BBC Sinhala]
Sri Lanka imposes curfew after Buddhist-Muslim clashes
The Sri Lankan authorities have imposed a curfew on two southern towns to quell clashes between a hardline Buddhist group and Muslims.
The latest violence began after a Buddhist rally in Aluthgama. [BBC]