Religious tensions have been exacerbated in post-war Sri Lanka, contrary to claims by the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) that attacks against places of religious worship are isolated incidents. In Mach 2013, the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) published a report highlighting concerns about violence and intolerance against all religious communities in the country. The trends highlighted by CPA have continued unabated, most recently evident in the June 2014 violence in Aluthgama and surrounding areas. Other incidents of violence have not received the same attention as Authgama, thereby skewing the understanding of the scale and level of violence targeting minority religions in particular, in Sri Lanka.

In June 2014, CPA highlighted the impact of these attacks on post-war reconciliation efforts and condemned the attacks in Aluthgama and surrounding areas. CPA urged the GoSL to take immediate and all necessary steps to provide protection to the affected communities, investigate the heinous acts and hold to account all perpetrators and those complicit in such acts. In July 2014 CPA compiled a short brief on the constitutional and legal framework governing religious freedom in Sri Lanka.

Three months since the Aluthgama attack, there is limited information in the public domain on action taken to bring perpetrators to account. That there is still is no justice for the victims of religious violence in Aluthgama and elsewhere in Sri Lanka, illustrates the sheer impunity with which perpertrators of such violence operate and the GoSL’s unwillingness and/or inability to end to widespread religious violence in post-war Sri Lanka.

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  • Sam Thambipillai

    Extremism always destroys the foundations of human civilisation. Based on falsehood, it is against virtue, nobleness, justice, rightoesness, peace and love for people.

    The philosophy of Buddhism preaches that one should love another as he would love himself; practiced by the forefathers of present day “Buddhists” in SL.

    But from early 1950’s Sinhala Buddhist Extremism (SBE) has grown to be the number one enemy of the people living in the island, taking them back to barbarism.

    SBE in SL and Islamic Extremism (IE) practiced by Al Queda, ISIS, Boko Haram, Taliban and ISIS have identical origin and nature showing the similarities shown below;

    1. SBE starts with Buddhist priests in SL and IE starts with Islamic priests or

    2. SBE is put into the minds of innocent kids in “Daham Pasal” in SL and IE
    is put into the minds of innocent kids in “Madrasses”in Pakistan.

    3. These kids grow up to be political extremists, military extremists and
    extremists in every day life.

    All the Sinhala political leaders in SL were taught and brainwashed in such schools and they speak and implement SBE in societal life.

    The mindset of the entire Sinhala nation is corrupt to the core. Therefore the UN must intervene and put on trial all the culprits, extricate SBE and expose the island to truth and justice.