The United Nations says it has not received a letter from Muslim politician Azath Salley.
UN spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters in New York yesterday that such a letter had not been received.
When asked about the letter a day earlier Nesirky had said he was not aware aware of it and had to check.
Yesterday he said “I was asked about whether the Secretary-General had received a letter from a Sri Lankan Muslim leader. The answer is no — or, at least, not yet”.
Salley had in March said he had written to the United Nations over the threats faced by Muslims as a result of the recent campaign carried out by the Bodu Bala Sena.
He said that what’s disturbing is that radical members of the Buddhist clergy are allowed to take the law into their hands, with the enforcers of the law watching from the sidelines.
“After the defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam, the Muslims of Sri Lanka have been looking at every opportunity to bring about national unity at a time when the country is in transition. We fail to understand the failure of the government of Sri Lanka in arresting the current trend which if left to go its course ,would spell disaster for the country we call our home,” a copy of the letter sent to the media said.
The Muslim Tamil National Alliance, led by Azath Salley, urged the UN to draw the attention of the Government of Sri Lanka to international standards relevant to the protection and promotion of the rights of minorities.
He said the Government of Sri Lanka has failed to honor, article 2 (1) of the 1981 Declaration of the General Assembly which states that no one shall be subject to discrimination by any State, institution, group of persons, or person on the grounds of religion or other belief.
The letter, a copy of which has also been sent to the UN Human Rights Council, says the government of Sri Lanka is failing to uphold and is pushing the country towards another holocaust.
“We urge your Excellency to take all necessary measures to guarantee that the rights and the freedom of religion or belief of the various religious communities living in Sri Lanka are respected and protected and ask of the government of Sri Lanka to adopt effective measures to prevent the recurrence of these acts,” the letter sent to the UN Chief said. (Colombo Gazette)