The Sunday Leader

Move To Ban Racist Groups

By Indika Sri Aravinda

The Government is looking at presenting a new bill in Parliament to ban religious and racist organizations in the country.

Provincial Council Member Azath Salley said that Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera had made this statement during a meeting with members of the UK parliament House of Commons.

The foreign minister made this statement in response to queries raised by the members of the House of Commons regarding the recent incidents of racial tensions and the manner the law was implemented in these circumstances. The members of the House of Commons had also made inquiries regarding organizations such as the BBS and as to how the previous regime had tolerated racist actions and the current government’s stand on such organizations. The members of the House of Commons emphasized especially the Aluthgama incident as well.

Expressing his views on the issue MP Azath Salley said that during the past incidents such organizations had received funds to create racial tensions through the police.

The British Prime Minister and the Opposition Leader paid special attention to President Maithripala Sirisena’s 100 day programme. MP Salley further stated that the British PM and the leader of the opposition had asked the Sri Lanka’s president for the documentation regarding the 100 day programme in order to study them more closely and praised the president for undertaking such an arduous challenge.

However when contacted by The Sunday Leader the General Secretary of the BBS Venerable Galagodaththe Gnanasara thera said that if such an act is brought, they know how to deal with it and added that his organization was not concerned about the statements made in foreign countries by spineless politicians. He said that if there was racism within the country then its minorities would not be still living peacefully. Ven. Gnanasara said that he welcomed such a move by the government and said that its contents need close study.

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