18 September, 2021

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Failure To protect Muslims From Violence Indicates Need For An Accountable Police Force: SFM

Neighbourhoods in Aluthgama and Beruwala areas yet remain tense although it has been a month has passed since the anti-Muslim in Southern Sri Lanka.

The Secretariat for Muslims (SFM) issuing a media statement to mark one month since the eruption of the anti-Muslim violence in the country, has urged the government and all civil society actors to take swift action to address the grave breakdown in inter-community relations in the affected areas.

Aluthgama Muslim shops“Many if not most Muslim and Sinhalese in the affected areas now barely speak to each other and neighbours remain tense,” the statement reads as it goes on to state that restoring ties and relations will be a long term process that needs to start immediately.

The SFM has held the government primarily responsible for the present plight in the country, pointing out the blames mainly lie with the delay to deliver justice to victims and in the failure to implement corrective actions and prevent further escalations in tensions, hatred and violence.

The statement asserts that what is important at present is not the matter of who cast the first stone but of the larger context of Sri Lanka’s troubled transition into peace.

“The country is becoming severely polarised around narratives of who-did-what-and-who-suffered-the-most,” the SFM states adding with regret with regret that such narratives mobilized by media, government actions and prominent personalities to explain the violence as a response to a single incident has led to the suffering being justified without probing critically as to how a localised incident set off such a large scale mayhem.

The SFM has gone on to point that while specific local incidents leading up to the outbreak of the violence must be look at, it should also be noted that it was fuelled by a larger climate of intolerance and hate that has been prevalent for the past three years.

While pointing out the Muslim communities in the affected areas are suffering compounded with the knowledge that the violence occurred in what they consider to be before the full view of the state, the statement asserts the failure for the state to provide protection highlights systemic issues that need to be addressed including the need for an accountable and independent Police force serving all citizens rather than the political interests of the government in power.

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    “including the need for an accountable and independent Police force serving all citizens rather than the political interests of the government in power.”

    I sincerely hope while you wrote those eloquent statement you laughed out loud at your own contribution to what you are experiencing today at the hands of the Sri Lankan political establishment.

    Let’s see what is the track record of your own politicians towards achieving the above noble goal:

    1. On TransCurrents (September 5, 2010) writing under the heading “Why we are Supporting the 18th Constitutional Amendment” Rauff Hakeem, the minister of justice said the following:

    “One may argue that the removal of the term limit placed on an incumbent President may pave the way for dynastic politics. However, the reality is that healthy inner party democracy is elusive in most parts of the Third World …. To my mind, President Mahinda Rajapaksa is in an unassailable position today.”

    “….. Our support to him for the 18th Amendment would in the first instance ensure him a trouble free reign during his second term.”

    So despite having known the dastardly track record of a regime and the politicization and militarization of the state during the first term, your leader chose to give the king and his men the power to reign free during the second term. And now you are squealing as the “trouble free reign” is working its magic.

    2. Your support to the 18th amendement to the constitution gave the executive a blank cheque to make appointments such as IGP, Chief Justice and other Judges, Attorney General, Auditor General, Ombudsman and Secretary to Parliament.

    So after having becoming party to an important amendment which turned the Independent Commissions in to a joke by letting the president appoint both the heads and members and then entrusting the president with more powers to do the appointments to critical organs of the state you are now demanding an “accountable and independent Police force”. With what you did you have got a Police Farce which you richly deserve.

    3. Your support for the 18th amendement did away with the Constitutional Council (CC) which had the mandate to make the appointments of IGP etc and replaced it with a Parliamentary Council (PC) which was largely a cosmetic exercise as the PC members could only make observations and their recommendations are non-binding. This is unlike the previous system where the President could only make these appointments with the approval of the CC.

    So once again you chose to make the all-powerful president even more powers, took away the checks and balances in the system to control the very thing you are parading around on, i.e. mitigate “political interests of the government in power” from manipulating the system.

    Dear Secretariat for Muslims, please do not assume that just because the masses are not well informed of the consequences of constitutional changes, the rest of us and the readers of this media outlet are a bunch of fools.

    I firmly put it to you, that your leader, your political party and the Minister of Justice have made significant contribution towards weakening the independence of the very institutions that need to be strengthened in a democracy, such as the judiciary, the public service, the police, the Elections Commission etc. We are not at all surprised that now you are witnessing the fruits of your contribution. There is very little that could be done now that the genie is out of the bottle. Sometimes we ought to suffer from our own folly to realize our own stupidity.

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      Aluthgama incident was a minor matter as for the arsikland president Jarapasse. So no point making police responsible. look for the bosses who directed police and STF to be inactive to protect victims and supported rioters..

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      AlPresidente:

      Well said.

      Even in the Eastern Province, despite Sampanthan assuring the Muslims CM position and explaining to Rauf that for the sake of the future of the minorities, the Muslims and Tamils should work together and this certainly would have paved the way to push the regime to the backbench but Rauf Hakeem, who had aimed for a cabinet post, and the Muslims instead supported the regime. And now they are paying a heavy price for the that. Can you believe a Law Minister is nothing more than a LOW Minister. Of course, who can forego the perks. All that he is doing now is pretending to be angry. The most honourable thing for him to do is to resign from the cabinet but with skeletons in his closet, he would be asking for trouble. Damned if you do and damned if you don’t. How pathetic.

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      Secretary odf muslims,

      “Neighbourhoods in Aluthgama and Beruwala areas yet remain tense although it has been a month has passed since the anti-Muslim in Southern Sri Lanka.”

      “The Secretariat for Muslims (SFM) issuing a media statement to mark one month since the eruption of the anti-Muslim violence in the country, has urged the government and all civil society actors to take swift action to address the grave breakdown in inter-community relations in the affected areas.”

      Have your Own neighborhood home Guard and defense force against rioters. Why. Police will not do anything. So you do something to those who come to attack you. Make sure you take very step to identify the rioters, because the president says it is a minor thing., will not arrest and if arrested will be released.

      Neighborhood watch and identification of strangers.

      Have a database and publish it.

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    Even allah can not stop the Muslim violence through out the world.

    Allah should blame his messenger Muhammad.

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      They want ‘the Mutaween’ of Saudi Arabia as the independent Police force of Sri Lanka.

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        It is already here, headed by the headless Gnana or something!

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      Even Buddha also couldn’t stop the anti-Muslim violance. By the way, I thought you were the one who cut and threw in sea that Softy part in absolute frustration?!

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      Ji, Softy, Lorenzo and Avtars,

      “Even allah can not stop the Muslim violence through out the world.”

      It is not Allah who is causing the violence. It is the Devil, Satam Shaitan, and his followers.

      It is not Buddha who is causing this Buddhist Violence. It is Mara and the Mara, MaRa followers like BBS and others.

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    All the more reason why Police Powers should be given to the Provincial Councils so that the representatives of the people in the Provincial Councils/areas will have control over the police.

    At present Police is in the pockets of the centre which is a family rule.

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    JimSofty you are such an IDIOT calls the victims the perpetrators.
    Are you an Agent of Ganasara or Zionist??

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      The public roads are clear now, and there is no attempt to create ‘No Go Areas’. Every citizen can use them as intended and understood by the villagers.

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    Muslims sick they are making all of this mess in this country…. They want Shariya, they want to make this land another Pakistan Saudi or Afgan .. that is the root cause of the issue..

    Muslims cant think as Sri Lankans, instead they think as Mulims and follow barbaric cultures from Sauid, Afgan and Pakistan..

    This close door culture spread hate towards other communities.. Systematically destroy Temples, kaovills and any ancient or Historic places developed by other nationalities…

    Good lesson for lunatic Muslims who took part riot in Aluthgama and Garga town .. Life time lesson…

    Still, if you are think as Muslims and if you need to go ahead in Sri lanka you are in last mile ..

    if you think as Sri Lankans , you are free to choose your own avenues and free to go ahead much as you want..

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      In revenge of three Muslim youths allegedly assaulting a Monk, you have killed four, burned 78 shops and 49 houses and injured 80 people.

      And, here you are proud about your act of teaching a lesson!

      This may be the philosophy your Buddha taught you all, but it is defenitely against humanity and you and your guardians will pay the price one day.

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    Baboon you wrote: ”Muslims sick they are making all of this mess in this country…. They want Shariya, they want to make this land another Pakistan Saudi or Afgan .. that is the root cause of the issue.. Muslims cant think as Sri Lankans, instead they think as Mulims and follow barbaric cultures from Sauid, Afgan and Pakistan.. This close door culture spread hate towards other communities..
    Systematically destroy Temples, kaovills and any ancient or Historic places developed by other nationalities… ”

    Bring solid proof for your allegation!!

    For example if I say ” Bebon the Baboon and Gnanasara had drunk together involved in sex offence” that’s baseless and should refrain making such comments!!!!
    Be wise and bring solid proof or you and your BBS/JHU thugs will be a laughing stock.
    And don’t you know how many Mosques, Churches, Kovils destroyed in this country and by whom???
    Wake up Baboon!!!!!!!!!

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      Pls ignore “Babon” and “Ela Than Kiri”, they are differently challenged people.

      See below comments from Thana kiri bona kolla

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      afzal donkey,now you also have a day to remember just like para tamils remember july 83…you can remember june 2013…..hope you’ve learnt your lesson
      ela kolla
      July 16, 2014 at 9:03 am
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      For Ela Thana Kirir the aluthgama incident happen in June 2013 or he does not know we are in 2014. Either way they are not fit to be normal citizens of society.

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        afzal donkey, are you planning any new self immolations and trying to put the blame on sinhalese?

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    Now what would be the Sumanasekera school of thought be on this? care to enlighten us the great K A Sumanasekera (LEELA)?

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    Secretariat for Muslims.
    Your concerns are appreciated. But why did you guys allow Rauf Hakeem to hijack the responsibility and the ‘ownership” of the report the Secretariat for Muslims prepared regarding the atrocities perpetrated by the accused present regime and the “racist” BBS etc., which was handed to Navaneetham Pillai the UNHRC Commissioner to be the brain child of the Muslim politician Rauf Hakeem. Why did NOT you guys challenge Rauf Hakeem when he publicly announced that it was “HIS” report which he submitted to Navi Pillai so proudly. Rauf Hakeem wanted “political mileage” from the “rightful report” the Secretariat for Muslims produced, so he high jacked this report and made Navi Pillai and the UNHRC know that it was “HIS” report. Rauf Hakeem supports the 18th amendment to the constitution making the SLMC MP’s to vote in favour and now shouts at the government as though he is NOT PARTY to any of the ills that the government is (ACCUSED) of oppressing the minorities. Is not what the commentator “AlPresidente “ has stated in the first comment made above “TRUE”. The so-called report, you guys should have had the “GUTS” to present it to Navaneetham Pillai and or the UNHRC when she visited Sri Lanka. IT IS A SHAME THAT YOU GUYS HID BEHIND THE CLOAK OF THE SO-CALLED MUSLIM LEADER RAUF HAKEEM NOT TO BE IDENTIFIED AS THE ORIGINATORS OF THAT REPORT. Now you guys, after being silent for many months, come out with this statement to remember and remind the violence and atrocities against the Muslims of Aluthgama and Beruwela that took place a month ago. The MCSL, ACJU, concerned Buddhist and Tamil civil society both in Sri Lanka and around the world have used the institutions of democracy to express their protest and sorrow. In this mist, you guys or some of your officials/office bearers are now appearing to gain mean political advantage from the sufferings of the Muslims of Aluthgama and Beruwela and the Muslims of Sri Lanka in general. PLEASE KINDLY STOP THIS. The Sri Lankan Muslims of all walks of life have understood their plight, both politically, administratively and otherwise. What they now need is a new political force that could engage the government in all and every political and administrative platform of the larger picture of Sri lanka as a “NATION” and NOT political leaders who will sell/undermine/cut political horse deals for their own benefits and for the benefit of their families, kith and kin and a very few of their close stooges. The educated Muslim Youth may evolve towards making that a reality, Insha Allah. This comment is open for challenge by you guys, if found detrimental to the Muslim community in Sri Lanka.
    Noor Nizam.
    Sri Lanka Peace Activist, Political Communication Researcher & Freelance Journalist.

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    SFM – another Muslim organisation . People of the Islamic faith are being
    let down by their own power hungry politicians. We should all unite to make this a better place for all – without divisions of religion , race , or language .

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      Dr.Goebells

      “We should all unite to make this a better place for all – without divisions of religion , race , or language .”

      Hence expatriate all the Sinhala/Buddhists back to their ancestral homeland in North/South India.

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    Go tell to Israel.

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