24 September, 2020

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208 Sri Lankans Condemn The Attack On Grandpass Masjid Deenul Islam

In response to the attack on the Masjid Deenul Islam at Grandpass , today 208 Sri Lankans issued the statement below;

We the undersigned strongly condemn the violent and unprovoked attack on the Masjid Deenul Islam in Grandpass area on Saturday, August 10, 2013 by an extremist mob injuring 12 people, in the wake of the Eid Festival.

We are outraged over the spate of violent attacks against Christian and Muslim places of worship, and remain deeply concerned about the rise of extremist rhetoric around the island.

Grandpass Muslim Prayer Centre attack

While recognising and promoting the constitutionally guaranteed rights of free speech, religious worship, and assembly, we urge all communities to respect the religious beliefs – and the associated rights – of their fellow citizens, and to not be influenced by State-condoned Buddhist extremists groups.

At this time, we also wish to express our deep disappointment at the lack of concrete outcomes from inquiries into multiple other attacks against places of worship that have occurred in the recent past.

We are extremely disheartened at the silence and the visible apathy displayed by the Government and the Mahanayake Theros of the Tri-Nikayas, at a time when the rights to religious worship and assembly of its citizens are being threatened by extremism. We also wish to highlight apparent State complicity, and the level of impunity repeatedly granted by the State to extremist elements in the country.

We urge law enforcement authorities to ensure strict adherence to rule of law and prosecute those who are responsible for these heinous crimes, in the existence of abundant evidence put forward by both the public and the media. In addition, we are very disturbed to see continued Police inaction and delays in responding to incidents of racist mob violence, which is a clear indication of State complicity, and the lack of any interest by Defense Authorities to hold perpetrators accountable.

We welcome and endorse the open letter of protest by Muslim members of the Government addressed to the President of Sri Lanka, and share their view that “the lukewarm and ineffective measures taken by the law enforcement agencies on previous occasions, when Muslim communities and their mosques were deliberately attacked, seem to have emboldened some extremist groups who seem determined to create chaos in the country that is still in search of national reconciliation after a prolonged war.”

Further, we call on the Government to investigate into and hold accountable those responsible for the brutal killing of three youth in Weliweriya earlier this month, when the State sent in the military to quell a civilian protest calling for clean water.

In light of reports of media suppression and violence against media personnel reporting from the scene, we strongly urge law enforcement authorities and the protestors to respect the freedom of the press, and to take all measures to ensure their safety.

We wish a speedy recovery to those who were injured in this attack, and commend the calm resilience demonstrated by many of those who were victimised.

Signatures;

  1. A.H. Stephen – Deputy Secretary General, Liberal Party of Sri Lanka
  2. A.M. Faaiz – Attorney-at-Law
  3. A.S. Mohamed Rayees
  4. Ainslie Joseph – Convenor, Christian Alliance for Social Action (CASA)
  5. Aisha Ajmal Wahab – Student
  6. Aisha Nazim
  7. Ajmal Wahab – Partner, Bullion Exchange Jewellers
  8. Amal de Chickera
  9. Amar Gunatilleke
  10. Ameena Hussein
  11. Anandi Devendrakumary
  12. Anberiya Hanofa
  13. Anitha Selvarajah
  14. Ann Jabba
  15. Anoma de Alwis
  16. Antonio A. Oposa Jr. – (Philippines)
  17. Anukshi Jayasinha
  18. Anushya Coomaraswamy
  19. Ayeshea Perera
  20. Azra Abdul Cader
  21. B. Gowthaman
  22. Balasingham Skanthakumar
  23. Bannu Ifthikar
  24. Bhathiya Waduge – Director/Structural Engineer, CSE Consultants (Pvt) Ltd.
  25. Bhavani Fonseka
  26. C. Gadiewasam – Journalist
  27. Cayathri. D.
  28. Chamindry Saparamadu
  29. Chandra Jayaratne – Former Chairman, Ceylon Chamber of Commerce
  30. Chandraguptha Thenuwara
  31. Chandralal Colombage
  32. Cheran Rudhramoorthy
  33. Chulani Kodikara
  34. D.B.S. Jeyaraj – Journalist
  35. Damaris Wickremesekera
  36. Danesh Casie Chetty – Ambassador (Retd.)
  37. Deanne Uyangoda
  38. Devika – Colombo
  39. Dinesha Samararatne – University of Colombo
  40. Dinidu de Alwis
  41. Dinouk Colombage – Journalist
  42. Dr. A.M. Ali Saja – Doctor
  43. Dr. Anita Nesiah – National Peace Council (NPC)
  44. Dr. Danesh Karunanayake – Senior Lecturer, University of Peradeniya
  45. Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka – Former Ambassador to the UN in Geneva
  46. Dr. Leonie Solomons – Social Entrepreneur
  47. Dr. Muttukrishna Sarvananthan – Development Economist & Principal Researcher, Point Pedro Institute of Development
  48. Dr. Neavis Morais – Senior Lecturer, Open University of Sri Lanka
  49. Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu
  50. Dr. Ranil D. Guneratne – University of Colombo
  51. Dr. Sepali Kottegoda
  52. Dr. Shamala Kumar – University of Peradeniya
  53. Dr. T. Jayasingam – National Peace Council (NPC)
  54. Dr. Vagisha Gunasekara – Senior Research Professional, Centre for Poverty Analysis
  55. Dr. Vivimarie VanderPoorten Medawattegedera – Senior Lecturer, Open                    University of Sri Lanka
  56. Dr. Zulfika Ismail
  57. Emil van der Poorten
  58. Faizun Zackariya
  59. Freddy Gamage – Meepura Newspaper/Center for Peoples Dialogue
  60. Furkhan Bee Ifthikar
  61. G.S. Lakshan J.S. Dias
  62. Gamini Viyangoda
  63. Gavin Britto – Co-Founder, RuCode International
  64. Harean Hettiarachchi
  65. Harini Amarsuriya – Open University of Sri Lanka
  66. Harith de Mel – Attorney-at-Law
  67. Hashintha Jayasinghe – Graduate
  68. Herman Kumara – National Fisheries Solidarity Movement (NAFSO)
  69. Hilary Perera Wirasinha – DoC
  70. Hilmy Ahamed
  71. Ifthikhar Aziz – President, Sri Lanka Pakistan Friendship Association
  72. Isuru Perera – Social Research Supervisor
  73. Jake Oorloff
  74. Janaki Jayawardena – University of Colombo
  75. Jansila Majeed
  76. Jayanthi Kuru-Utumpala – Women and Media Collective
  77. Jayatilaka Kammallaweera
  78. Jehan Perera – National Peace Council (NPC)
  79. Jehanki Anandha
  80. Jeyachithra Selambaram
  81. Joe William
  82. Joel Fernando – Business Development Manager, Insu Trading International
  83. Juwairiya Mohideen
  84. K. Aingkaran – Attorney-at-Law
  85. K.S. Ratnavale – Attorney-at-Law
  86. Kath Noble
  87. Krishna Velupillai
  88. Kumudini Perera
  89. Kumudini Samuel
  90. Kusal Perera – Journalist
  91. Lakshan Dias – Attorney-at-Law
  92. Leila Udayar
  93. Liyanage Amarakeerthi
  94. Lucia Nicholas
  95. M. Rahman – Mannar
  96. M.A. Sumanthiran – Member of Parliament & Attorney-at-Law
  97. M.H. Mohamed Hisham
  98. Mahaluxumy Kurushanthan – Mannar
  99. Mahendran Thiruvarangan
  100. Mala Liyanage – Executive Director, Law and Society Trust
  101. Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema – Journalist/President, Sri Lanka                          Journalists’ Trade Union (SLJTU)
  102. Mano Ganesan – Convener, Civil Monitoring Commission (CivilMC)
  103. Manouri Pieris – Attorney-at-Law
  104. Marianne David
  105. Mario Gomez
  106. Marisa de Silva
  107. Mathuri Thamilmaran – Attorney-at-Law
  108. Melani Manel Perera
  109. Melisha Yapa
  110. Menaha Kandasamy
  111. Michael O’Leary – Freelance Writer
  112. Michelle Pinto
  113. Minna Thaheer
  114. Mirak Raheem
  115. Mohammed Ajiwadeen – Research Officer/Parliament of Sri Lanka
  116. Mohammed Mahuruf – Secretariat for Muslims
  117. Muzzammil Cader – SAMADANA/M, Centre for Promoting Non Violence,           Conflict Resolution & Peace Building
  118. Nadeesh Jayasinghe
  119. Nalliah Kumaraguruparan Ashokbharan – Law Student
  120. Nigel Nugawela
  121. Nilshan Fonseka
  122. Nimalka Fernando – Women’s Political Academy (Sri Lanka)
  123. Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri
  124. Nirmanusan Balasundaram
  125. Nishelli Perera – Senior Strategy Analyst
  126. P.A.R. Anuruddha
  127. P.N. Singham
  128. Padmika Dissanaike
  129. Padmini Weerasooriya – Mothers and Daughters of Lanka
  130. Prabu Deepan
  131. Priti Sudra
  132. Priya Thangarajah
  133. Prof. Kumar David
  134. Prof. M. Sitralega
  135. Prof. Navaratna Bandara
  136. Prof. Priyan Dias – University of Moratuwa
  137. Sumanasiri Liyanage – Principal (Retd.), Marx School
  138. Pushpalatha Paramasivam
  139. R.M.B. Senanayake – National Peace Council (NPC)
  140. Raashid Riza
  141. Raghu Balachandran
  142. Rajaluxmi Visvasam
  143. Rajani Chandrasekaran – Jaffna
  144. Rajiva Wijesinha – Member of Parliament
  145. Ramla Ajmal Wahab – International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES)
  146. Remo Shihan
  147. Renton de Alwis – Former Chairman, Sri Lanka Tourism
  148. Rev. Dr. Jayasiri Peiris
  149. Rev. Fr. Jeyabalan Croos
  150. Rev. Fr. Nandana Manatunga
  151. Rev. Fr. Reid Shelton Fernando
  152. Rev. Fr. S. M. Praveen (OMI)
  153. Rev. Fr. Sebamalai
  154. Rev. Fr. Sherard Jayawardane
  155. Rev. Fr. Terrence Fernando
  156. Rev. Fr. V. Yogeswaran – Centre for the Promotion & Protection of       Human Rights (CPPHR), Trincomalee
  157. Rev. Jason J. Selvaraja – Assembly of God, Chavakachcheri
  158. Rev. Sr. Deepa Fernando (HF)
  159. Rev. Sr. Helen Fernando
  160. Rev. Sr. Immaculate de Alwis
  161. Riza Yehiya
  162. Rohana Ratnayake – Senior Lecturer in Law, Open University of Sri      Lanka
  163. Roshni Alles
  164. Ruki Fernando
  165. Rushdi Jaleel Khan
  166. Ruvan Weerasinghe – University of Colombo
  167. Ruzaina Mahuruf
  168. S.A.M. Jabir
  169. S.C.A. Obeyesekere
  170. Safana Gul Begum
  171. Sahan Mendis
  172. Saliya Pieris – Attorney-at-Law
  173. Sampath Samarakoon
  174. Sanja Jayatilleka
  175. Sanjaya Senanayake
  176. Selyna Peiris – Attorney-at-Law
  177. Shanthini Kanapathy
  178. Shariz Faleel – Manager – Finance & Administration, Secretariat for      Muslims (Guarantee) Ltd
  179. Sharni Jayawardena
  180. Shiromalee Perera
  181. Shreen Saroor – Women’s Action Network
  182. Shri Shankar Subramaniam
  183. Shyamala Gomez
  184. Shyara Jaleel Khan
  185. Siritunga Jayasuriya – General Secretary, United Socialist Party
  186. Sivamohan Sumathy
  187. Srinath Perera – Attorney-at-Law
  188. Subashini Ramesh
  189. Sulakshani Perera
  190. Sunanda Deshapriya – Journalist
  191. Sunil Jayasekera
  192. Supipi Jayawardena – Researcher & Lecturer
  193. Swarnalatha Subramaniam
  194. Tehani Ariyaratne
  195. Thahir Kubais
  196. Thajun Mohamed Nishan – One Text Initiative
  197. Thanuka Nandasiri – Attorney-at-Law
  198. Thiruni Kelegama
  199. U.L. Jaufer
  200. Upali Pannilage – Senior Lecturer, University of Ruhuna
  201. Upeksha Thabrew
  202. Upul Wickramasinghe
  203. V. Jokeswaran – Teacher
  204. V.S. Ganesalingam – Attorney-at-Law
  205. Vanie Simon
  206. Venuri Perera
  207. Visaka Dharmadasa – Association of War Affected Women
  208. Wasaam Ismail
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Latest comments

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    I salute all you brave souls for putting your name down in this petition. Beware the white van may come a calling at your homes or places of work.

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      You threatening or being cynical? Bear in mind, the original white van kingpin is now afraid to even consider this option…too much crap has already accumulated in his pants..this is called fate catching up. This is why Balu Balas and Gonasaras have been deployed in proxy…signs of a failing whale! After DIG Vaas’s debacle and embarassmen and Deshapriya’s sudden exposure, even the brass except the 4-star will fear to follow such orders…after all tehy would not even get a visa outside and if they did they would be detained and persecuted…so your “white van” talk is not a joke nor does it bring the fear it did once. There is always a first wave, now even the army gets attacked by the crowd!

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      Passenger list for white van

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    Thank you for getting on board with this all signatories.

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    The basic right of religous freedom is under threat in Sri Lanka. The bodu extremist insist that their permission is required for people to say their prayers, worship and learn their religon even in private on privately owned properties. What kind of law is this? The rule of the thugs and fanatics? We expect the Govt to take some action on this.

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    Add Amarasiri to this list

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    Somebody start an on-line petition as well.

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      this is good idea

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    If the government is unable to control this open assault, does it mean that the government is incompetent and failed on its fundamental duty of law and order. is it time for the citizens to call on the government to resign?

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    This a good list of Sri Lanka’s black-white crowd who ignore facts and go to any extent to destroy Sinhala Buddhist heritage. They are prompted by caste, Marxism, Christian religion, Wahabism Islam, loss of privileges, need to protect new status in a corrupt system etc…

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    I too condemn this attack and wish to place my signature.

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    This group should do something pro-active and constructive besides restating the obvious!
    For instance, draft and submit a BILL ON THE PROTECTION AND PRESERVATION OF MULTICULTURALISM AND PREVENTION OF INCITEMENT TO RELIGIOUS AND ETHNIC HATRED (there is a similar bill in Britain) and lobby the Minister for National Languages and Social Integration to table and have it passed in Parliament.
    Today only the Rajapassa regime brings Bills to Parliament and passes the most retroograde Bills – the opposition has done nothing constructive in the Parliament – to build bi-partisan consensus to protect and preserve MULTICULTURALISM which is under attack from Gota the Goon’s DEEP STATE that is consolidating his military dictatorship with funding from the WORLD BANK to the Urban Development Authority run by Defense Ministry – that is shifting out all mosques, churches and kovils from anywhere there is a Bo tree or a racist Buddhist monk sits..

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    jehan p
    dayan j
    rmb s
    sunanda d
    nimalka f
    nimal d
    kumar d
    sumitharan
    pakia s

    u gotta b kidding us … these are the faces of destabalizing Sri Lanka and these are the people we are to believe…!!! OMG well done CT

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    About 15 Reverends signed this. Where are our Buddhists Theros ? They all are only one sided? No different views …
    I know quite a number of Buddhists monks used to see ‘InfoLanka’ web site and they must be reading CT too. Please give us some hope?

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    please add my name to the list too.

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    The usual suspects like Dayan and Nesiah’s who are so good its hard to believe?

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    When people face grave hardships and have no trustworthy leadership they turn on to religious leaderships. All religious organizations serve the State or the existing governments. Leaders of all these organizations live a very luxurious life ( of course there are few genuine members who live a simple life). These religious groups fight with each other to gain followers and ultimately to get financial benefits. They are fighting for the ownership of their slaves. “Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium (or Heroin)of the people”. When one takes Opium/ Heroin one does not know what one is doing.

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    Have any of these signatories verified the facts by listening to the versions of parties involved on the spot? If not, does that point to the level of intelligence in the country at high level including former Ambassadors and Attorney-at-law. At least the latter should know that versions (in this case media versions) is not evidence. Ask the Indian Embassy if you want to know more.
    To make the list more credible, some Thumb impressions could be added. A Cinnamon stick cut diagonally pressed in an Ink-pad when transferred to paper makes ideal thumb impressions. That is what village Co-operative Store managers used to get forged Rice Ration Books during World War II and to secure the extra ration on forged ration books home.

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      Gee fingerprints are old stuff, now it is ‘eye capture’. Major airports have it at immigration. You look at a small moving advert from a distance and you are profiled instantly. Welcome to the 21st Century.

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      WW II Vetaran forger:
      Who would have thought that you were old enough to be a “WW II co=op store manager!”

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    Bravo to all of you. Lets stick together on this for the sake of peace in our motherland. To hell with the politicians. I have no faith in them. Pls Include my name too.

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    Pse include my name.

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    Pls include my name as well

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    Please add my name.

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    The signers are largely a Who’s Who of Sri Lanka. Many of the names on this list are very prominent persons in Sri Lanka… It is very courageous to step forward in a repressive regime and to do this. You have to give them credit.

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    A list of fake names…

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    I applaud everyone who has signed this petition. It is time for all of us to look forwards not back.

    What saddens me is that the Kirupas and Latheef’s of the world who rave and rant about injustice haven’t seen fit to step up and be counted.

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    Ane Appachchita (AA) vechha de!
    Why does AA think I was the Coooperative manager? I was not the coop manager but a boy of 11 years then who brought the cinnamon sticks and helped stamp the forgered thumb impressions. AA-Have you even touched a cinnamon stick? High time you got out of this circle.

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    Pls visit the page ,CT’s

    northern Sinhaliztion -important new message included among the comments

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