In world report Sri Lanka listed among countries unsafe for Muslims

Sri Lanka has been listed among countries unsafe for Muslims in a newly released world report.

In the report, Amnesty International notes that Sri Lanka saw a rise in Buddhist nationalist sentiment last year, including attacks against Christians and Muslims.

In September, a group of hardline Buddhist monks attacked the homes of Rohingya refugees in Boosa, southern Sri Lanka. In November, dozens of home and businesses of Muslims were attacked near the southern city of Galle.

The State of the World’s Human Rights report for 2017 to 2018 by Amnesty International notes that in South Asia, governments invoked law and order, national security and religion as they engaged in attacks against religious minorities, criminalized freedom of expression and subjected civil society to a campaign of intimidation, threats, smears and violence

“Over the past year, the region was marked by assaults on civil society. Journalists, bloggers, activists and others human rights defenders have been vilified and subjected to threats and violence. Meanwhile, online, invasive new cybercrime legislation has been used to criminalize freedom of expression and subject people to unlawful surveillance,” said Biraj Patnaik, Amnesty International’s South Asia Director.

“South Asia also remains one of the most dangerous regions to be a member of a religious minority. Muslims in India and Sri Lanka, Shi’as in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and Hindus in Bangladesh have all come under attack over the past year. In each case, the governments have either failed to protect them, been indifferent to their fate, or even encouraged a climate of hostility.”

The report also says that in Sri Lanka, families attempting to arrange stones as memorials for loved ones lost during the 26-year internal conflict were stopped by security forces last year. Human rights defenders were also subject to surveillance and intimidation. Women human rights defenders in the north and east reported that interactions with the police were often degrading and sexualized. (Colombo Gazette)

3 COMMENTS

  1. IT IS THAT THE MUSLIM EXTREMISTS ARE SPREADING HATRED AND HARRASING THE SINHALESE PEOPLE WITH THE ASSISTANCE FROM DIRTY MUSLIM POLITICIANS>>>>>>>>>RECENTLY MUSLIMS HAD KILLED A SINHALESE LORRY DRIVER…………….MUSLIM EXTREMISM SHOULD BE WIPED OFF FOR EVER

  2. Colombo Gazzett is a site that thrives in passing incorrect information and steering racial and religious problems.They are paid and supported by people who have extreme agendas and view points. people who work for N G O are currupt and will do any thing and everything within their power to discredit poor countries and governments.They have to shed there colonial attitude and let the countries do what is best for their people .muslims in Sri Lanka are verywell off compared to most Muslim nation that harm and kill there own people .what about all the wrong doers of Developed Nations .? Why don’t you talk about them..

  3. Amnesty International appears to be on wrong track. The Galle incident cannot be taken as a general incident. Muslims are better off in Sri Lanka and dominate the Economy in all part of Sri Lanka. Even the same position in India. India is a large country with a huge population . There were few incidents which need condemning. It need not be magnified as a trend in India. On the other hand some muslim leaders in places like Hyderabad, and Kerala are real trouble makers and growing Militancy is seen in them. I condemn the generalised statement of Amnesty as a an economic move to raise money from Islamic nations.Amnesty, please do not create a problem, where there is no problem, just for the personal survival some of your employees.

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