Akmeemana Dayarathana Thera arrested over Rohingya incident

The venerable Akmeemana Dayarathana Thera was arrested by the Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) over the incident last week involving Rohingya refugees.

The Police said that the monk was arrested after being questioned by the CCD.

The monk was produced in court and remanded till October 9.

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

The monks, including the venerable Akmeemana Dayarathana Thera 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. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. We are strongly protest of Arrest Buddhist Monk related Royangiya refugees. We have right protest of our national interest.

  2. UNHCR having no mandate to provide shelters for refugees in Sri lanka.
    Why we are not signatory of 1951 Protocol and 1967 convention UNHCR by govt. of Sri lanka?
    Decision of provide shelter is illegal and unauthorized by UNHRC in Colombo?

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