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GTF stands in solidarity with the Muslims in Sri Lanka

The Global Tamil Forum (GTF), in a statement, has strongly condemns the Sri Lankan Government’s complicity in the orders for the removal of the Muslim mosque in Dambulla, central Sri Lanka. GTF is profoundly disturbed by the attacks on the mosque by a minority, yet in their thousands as reported, of extremist Sri Lankan Buddhists led by monks on 20 April 2012, calling for its destruction claiming it was constructed illegally.

 

The inaction of law enforcement authorities to stop the attacks and the Prime Minister’s decision to order its removal and relocation highlights the State authorities’ continued infringement on religious freedom and intolerance of non-Buddhist faiths on the island. It is of greater concern that the Prime Minister’s office declared that the decision was taken in consultation with Muslim political leaders when this claim has been vehemently denied, as widely reported in the media. It is characteristic of successive Sri Lankan governments to succumb to pressure from the majority whenever there are ethnic tensions.

 

The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka has said that the mosque was legally registered and has been in existence for over 50 years, long before the area was declared a sacred Buddhist area. Sri Lankan Muslims have a history in the island dating as far back as the 8th century.

 

The incident at the Dambulla mosque is not an isolated attack on a Muslim place of worship in recent months. In September 2011, a Muslim shrine in Anuradhapura was demolished by a group of Buddhist monks. These incidents can only take place under a Government which is willing to turn a blind eye, and even encourage, the maltreatment of non-Buddhists.

 

Some Buddhist leaders have said that they intend to demolish 72 structures in the Dambulla area, including the mosque and a Tamil Hindu temple. These deplorable acts are indicative of the treatment suffered by other religions in Sri Lanka.

 

In the Tamil majority areas, of the North and East of the country, Hindu temples and Christian churches have been desecrated and destroyed whilst a number of Buddhist structures have been built in their place or within close proximity. Tamil National Alliance has highlighted, in their situation report to Parliament in October 2011, the rapidly changing demography of the North of Sri Lanka where the numbers of Buddhist statues, viharas and stupas on the A9 highway have noticeably increased. It was also highlighted that armed forces are preventing people from rebuilding original Christian and Hindu places of worship that have been damaged or destroyed during the war.

 

The politicisation of Buddhism as the state religion and the intervening influence it has in politics and social affairs continues to threaten religious minorities and hinder peaceful coexistence of all communities on the island.

 

GTF calls on the state institutions and law enforcement agencies in Sri Lanka to prevent all attacks on places of worship, whatever the faith, and to take immediate measures to ensure that all religions on the island are accorded the same treatment and respect. GTF strongly urges the Government of Sri Lanka to act immediately to build confidence among all communities that the state institutions and mechanisms will accept, protect and promote the religious and cultural rights of all its citizens, as the foundation for reconciliation and lasting peace on the island.

6 Comments for “GTF stands in solidarity with the Muslims in Sri Lanka”

  1. vintage voter

    THE NEED OF THE HOUR IS FOR RECONCILIATION, CO-EXISTENCE AND
    CONFIDENCE BUILDING IF WE ARE ,TO BUILD A NEW NATION.
    BUT THIS WILL NOT BE POSSIBLE WITH RABID SINHALA BUDDHIST FANATICAL JHU WHICH IS PART OF THE GOVERNMENT.
    WELL ITS A CLEAR CASE OF “THE JHU TAIL, WAGGING THE UPFA DOG”
    IT IS NOT MY INTENTION TO INSULT THE DOG, CONSIDERED , MANS BEST FRIEND!!!!!!!

    • HECTOR RAPHAEL

      HAVE YOU NOT HEARD OF -ST SEBASTIAN MUSLIM MAHA VIDYALAYA AT ALUTHKADE, FR. EMANUEL YOUR OWN CATHOLIC CHURCH WAS VANDALIZED, BOMBS THROWN AT THE PREMISSES, AND THE TAMIL PARISH PRIEST THREATENED WITH DEATH AND CHASED AWAY.
      ST. SEBASTIAN SCHOOL WAS RE NAMED AS ST. SEBASTIAN MUSLIM MAHA VIDYALAYA. THE BOARD STILL STANDS 10 YEARS AFTER THE INCIDENT, EVEN THE POPE IS SILENT ON THIS ISSUE.
      CATHOLIC CHILDREN DO NOT HAVE A PLACE TO FOLLOW SUNDAY SCHOOL, GARBAGE IS THROWN INTO THE CHURCH ON A REGULAR BASIS. THIS IS YOUR KIND OF RECONCILLATION AND CO EXISTANCE.
      THESE MUSLIMS ARE NOT AWARE THAT ST. SEBASTIAN LOVED EATING PORK WHILE HE WAS ALIVE, BUT THEY STILL HAVE BAPTISED HIM AS A MUSLIM.

    • Baby Parrot

      GTF shedding crocodile tears.GTF is nothing much other than another terror front of the LTTE.Terror lord Prabakaran and his tiger thugs cleaned the Jaffna peninsula of Muslims.Then hundreds of worshipers were slaughtered in cold blood at Kathankudy.The terror list is longer than the Nile.A damn joke,GTF terrorists turned human rights activists.Bloody fraudsters!

  2. GTF should not worry about the Muslims problem. The reason is that all the top Muslim politicians are with Mahinda Rajapakse for power and perks. Look at this chap Hakeem. For his power and perks he is happy to sell his own community and today he is hailed as an honest person. Why GTF shouls feel sorry for these chaps.

  3. Fusion

    “GTF stands in solidarity with the Muslims in Sri Lanka”, you got to be ****ing kidding me. We saw how the GTF’s good buddies the LTTE showed solidarity to the Muslims in places like the Kattankudi Mosque, not to mention ethnic cleansing of Muslims. That being said, the GoSL must NOT budge to demand by thugs & lunatics in robes. That mosque in Dambulla should not be moved, in fact in should be renovated further. That thug ‘inamaluwa’ should be arrested for causing religious tension. There is a huge difference between real Buddhists monks for example ‘Sariputta & Moggallana’ and those thugs in Dambulla. Its not just the JHU. SL has an unfortunate infestation of robed fellows in civilian life and, no GoSL has had the spine to deal with this.

  4. Dave Fernando

    Crocodile tears ! Where was GTF when thousands of muslims were massacred in India in last 20 years over the location of Babri Mosque and other disputes.Does the fact that hindus killing muslims is acceptable to GTF?

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