An online campaign has been launched seeking the intervention of of President Mahinda Rajapaksa to protect the liberties of Sri Lanka’s minorities and to defend their interests against hate speech and hate acts such as those committed by the Bodu Bala Sena, Sinhala Ravaya and other such hate groups.
The online campaign (click here) calls on the President to take decisive action by publicly condemning the hate campaign of Buddhist extremists and hate groups.
It also urges to the government to continue to proclaim publicly that the minorities are equal citizens and equitable stakeholders in the country. The online petition also calls on the police to take necessary action to stop incidents of harassment against minorities and their businesses. “Declare it a criminal offence for hate groups to utilize police forces. Publicly declare it a criminal offence for hate groups to conduct state-unauthorized raids into houses, take action against perpetrators of such raids. Empower the police to respond to instances where such forces try to take the law in to their own hands. Ensure that the authorities take action against the media when they contribute to the propagation of this hate sentiment. Diffuse the tension around the halal issue by either empowering the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU) to continue to offer the certification, or by mandating a government institution to engage in the process (given that the certification is most necessary to maintain our export markets),” the petition said.
The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) had said on Sunday that Sri Lanka is not a multiracial or multi-religious country but a Sinhala Budhist country.Speaking at the Bodu Bala Sena convention in Panadura, the venerable Medagoda Abayathissa thero urged the Sinhalese to protect the nation and not let other races or religions to take over.The monk also urged Sinhalese families to have at least 5-6 children so that the Sinhalese Buddhist population grows in order to protect the Sinhala race and Buddhism in Sri Lanka.Meanwhile Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena, the venerable Galaboda Aththe Gnanasara thera said that Sri Lanka should be ready to rally against Christian and Muslim extremist groups operating in the country. (Colombo Gazette)