Opposition questions protection given to Rohingya refugees

The joint opposition today in Parliament questioned the protection given to Rohingya refugees in Sri Lanka.

The Police said it had given protection to 30 Rohingya refugees following threats to their lives from a group of monks.

Monks from the Sinhale Jathika Balamuluwa led a mob and surrounded a house in Mount Lavinia where the Rohingya refugees were staying.

The monks then entered the house with the Police and live streamed the Police taking the refugees out.

Some monks were heard threatening the refugees telling them to go back to Myanmar and also accusing the Police of eating from the hands of the Muslim refugees and protecting them.

The refugees were taken from the house and placed under protective custody at the Mount Lavinia Police station and from there they were taken to Boosa.

The joint opposition questioned as to what action the Government was taking to deport the refugees.

Justice Minister Thalatha Atukorale said that there are international conventions Sri Lanka must follow and so it will deal with the refugees by following those conventions. (Colombo Gazette)

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