Hate Incidents Report: Muslims Continue To Be Subjected To Violence And Persecution Often At The Hands Of Militant Buddhists – SFM

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Sri Lanka’s minority Muslims continue to be subjected to violence and persecution, often at the hands of militant Buddhists, who are very active at the grassroots level. The Secretariat for Muslims (SFM) documented 21 incidents occurring from January to March, and 54 incidents in March alone.

Buddhist monk attack Muslim shop
The SFM has now documented all the incidents that occurred in April, that range from low-level harassment of Muslims, venomous media statements, direct threats to violence, attacks on mosques, death threats, business boycotts, and property seizure, in what appears to be part of a growing campaign to destroy Muslim communities or drive them into exile.

Intimidation aimed at other aspects of daily Islamic life is also now disturbingly commonplace in Sri Lanka. Men’s beards, traditional hijab/veils by women have been condemned by extremists seeking to fuel sectarian hatred.

Much of this persecution is carried out with apparent impunity. An example of this (and also the most notable incident) was the attack on the showroom cum warehouse complex in late March of the reputed, Muslim owned apparel firm “Fashion Bug” in the suburbs of Colombo, while police stood and watched. Also of note is the arrest of Azath Salley on May 2nd. Salley has been an outspoken critic of the BBS. His arrest was based on ‘several complaints’ but no clear charges, and clearly flouts international conventions on minority rights and religious freedoms. According to Amnesty International, his campaigning to end oppressive practices against minorities in Sri Lanka, in particular Muslims and Tamils, has brought on the ire of the Sri Lankan government.

This document also includes incidents such as mosques in Colombo being threatened to close. Meanwhile, in Galle, Sinhalese landlords have forced their Muslim shop owner tenants to vacate their shops by the end of the year. April also saw the launch in Batticaloa of a public campaign calling for a protest against Muslims. Similar campaigns have since been held in other parts of the country.

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Click here to read the full document covering the incidents of April 2013.

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50 Responses to Hate Incidents Report: Muslims Continue To Be Subjected To Violence And Persecution Often At The Hands Of Militant Buddhists – SFM

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    look at the graphs. those really dont make sence. im a muslim in Sri Lanka and i know the truth. some muslims wanted to make Sri Lanka a muslim country. Buddhist-sinhalees are the best peace loving people on earth. the issiue was, taking advantage of the softness of sihalese-buddhists, some mulims wanted to make the country a muslim country. this is what muslims did in all around the world. in Indonesia, Maldives etc etc. i think now they are learning a good lesson. Sri Lankans are such good people. please let them live happyly in their country. they dont need Allah. they have a better god and they have better culture. My muslim brothers, stay away. Sri Lanknas are good., but keep in mind they decen for Lions. if you make them irritated. that will be the ned of youu and ur Allah in Sri Lanka. you saw what happened to the LTTE, right ?

    Mohommud Abbas
    May 8, 2013 at 3:49 pm
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      Are you dreaming? LTTe is still there, that to your pants! Hon.KARUNA, GRs business partner KP, Daya Master…..

      DODU
      May 8, 2013 at 4:21 pm
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        ….. That too in your…

        DODU
        May 8, 2013 at 4:22 pm
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        No no no Karuna, KP , Daya Master are Shingala patriots now living the high life on lankan tax payer while giving the middle finger to Sinhalese.

        len
        May 12, 2013 at 3:42 pm
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      HI , I think your not muslim , because muslims dont spell the name Mohamed/Muhammed the way you do. Whatever religion you belong to don’t deceive and don’t be a joker.

      Just Abbass
      May 8, 2013 at 5:11 pm
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        NOT A JOKER BUT A SINHALA COWARD

        AYMAN
        May 8, 2013 at 8:50 pm
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      Mohommud Abbas, and you threaten Muslims and their God of obliteration just like what happened to LTTE? What a sick and racist mind you have. Come out clean and show your true identity without hiding under a Muslim name. Muslims in SL have had good religious upbringing with a lot of patience and fore-bearing instilled into them, unlike many in other countries. But this is not a sign of weakness, instead it is compassion for the foolishness and forgiveness for those who have been mislead, with hope that the truth will inevitable reveal itself through God’s mercy. Although these stats say a lot, it is hardly ever noticeable, since there is general blackout in the local media of such occurances, and these incidents may be the work of pranksters or comes under the daily incidents carried out by common criminals. By and large most Sinhalese and Muslims are getting on well, and even though Halal is supposed to be ‘dead’, I say, not quite, and that is a relief.

      Marwan
      May 8, 2013 at 5:34 pm
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      Did you forget your medication ? Take a double dose, you will be OK :)

      Point of View
      May 8, 2013 at 5:56 pm
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      This report is hilarious, According to this if a Sinhalese laughed at a Muslim as a normal incident it would be a hate incident against Muslims.

      SK
      May 8, 2013 at 6:09 pm
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        Sweet Skandarajah your potion of venom is failed to induce, pour it in your own back slot.

        Booty
        May 12, 2013 at 2:06 pm
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      1st u learn to spell ur name MOHOMMUD ABBAS! And don’t think all are fools to believe a fool like you! Go and tell this as a bedtime story to ur kids, they might believe you!

      Dr. Aslam
      May 8, 2013 at 6:34 pm
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      YOU ARE A SINHALA RACIST COWARD GOING UNDER MUSLIM NAME WHICH IS NOT SPELT CORRECTLY. . INGRISI DANNA NETHTHAN SINHALANG KIYAPAN BOORUWA

      AYMAN
      May 8, 2013 at 8:45 pm
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      YOU ARE “GALABODAWATTE PACHA KELLINA GOMBAAS”

      AYMAN
      May 8, 2013 at 8:54 pm
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      Mr Abbas , I think you pretend to be a Muslim to mislead the forum and you have have exposed yourself at the end of your comments by saying ” your Allah”… I am sure you are our are one of the supporters of the racist BBS group.

      Citizen
      May 9, 2013 at 5:18 am
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      Sinhalese are decent people and would not write low articles like these. This must be the work of a Tamil simply to destroy the sinhala-muslim friendship.No one else will stoop so low down even at the expense of hurting his own pride about the LTTE getting licked recently.Only a tamil with so much vengeance will do this type of thing.

      Paisa Must Appah
      May 9, 2013 at 6:13 am
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      Hi, Abbas, are you in Sri Lanka! Its sad, but I need to ask whether you are muslim! Only idiots will have a islamic name and say other gods are better than the Almighty Allah. Although I am not deeply religious, I say curse on you for appearing yourself as a muslim and writing such musings in public.

      Never4getyrpast
      May 9, 2013 at 12:30 pm
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      Do you believe this story that we Sinhalese descended from a lion. If you think that you are big dumbo. It can never happen. This itself shows how Mahavamsa is a myth. If you read the Mahavamsa you will find how many close relatives murdered each other for the kingdom. Son murdering the father !!! Mahavamsa is written after a few centuries and I think it is a myth and I do not believe that Sri Lanka is a country of murderers for power as told in that chronicle.Nor do I believe that we are descendants of lions.

      malli
      May 11, 2013 at 4:29 pm
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      Your Foolishness (modakama) fully exposed with the word your Allah, thats why we call you SINGHALAYA MODAYA KEVUM KANNA YODAYA.

      Hade Sheriff
      May 13, 2013 at 6:15 pm
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    MOHOMMUD ABBAS – If you are a Muslim, you should spell your name correctly (Mohommud!)and you should not say “they” (third para) to muslims. Please learn to lie before you write lies.

    Ronny
    May 8, 2013 at 4:30 pm
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      He is fake. Original is BALU BALU SENA.

      DODU
      May 8, 2013 at 5:52 pm
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    According to the graph no attacks whatsoever in Galle, Matara and Hambantota. They comprise the southern province where the majority is clearly Buddhist. It means Buddhists are very peaceful. All Tamil majority districts (Batticaloa, Jaffna, Mulaitivu) record attacks on Muslims! I think this graph says a million words.

    Muliyawaikkal
    May 8, 2013 at 4:35 pm
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    your message clearly says that ur not a muslim. and ur saying let Sri lankans(buddhists,christians, muslims, hindus and all people of different race in Sri Lanka) live happily. don’t hide behind another persons name like a coward. everyones looking forward for a peaceful sri lanka we don’t want hate and discrimination in our society. show some love instead of hate which will take you to greater heights.

    shahran
    May 8, 2013 at 4:46 pm
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    FIRST of all you are NOT a MUSLIM. your name Mohommud Abbas is FAKE name? A Muslim would never write like this? You are starting your comments by saying “am a Muslim in Sri lanka” but ending with the words “Lions. if you make them irritated. that will be the end of YOU and YOU ALLAH? So if you are Muslim what happened to your Allah? So you yourself forgot at the end that you wanted to pretend like a Muslim, Cowards like YOU are NOT Lions but PIGS? Debating with you about the the topic you have written is waste of time because you are A Liar & fake? You just wanted to send your POISONOUS message but you don’t have the GUTS to do so?

    Abdul Kareem
    May 8, 2013 at 5:17 pm
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      Karim or Kareem is the right Muslim name? My friend from Turkey writes his name as KARIM and not like you. I hope you are a FAKE Muslim!

      M.Sivananthan
      May 9, 2013 at 10:30 pm
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        Do animals have widom of a human, if by chance it has it shouldn’t be like Sivananthan the dolly mongrel.

        Vishanandan
        May 12, 2013 at 2:10 pm
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    Be with back bone muslims never spell “Mohommud” instead they use mohammed, use your real name if your are sure in your words, extremist like you are the problem to our nation not innocent muslims or good Sinhalese, If the Indonesians and Maldivians are good in faith why they convert…..? Don’t be smarter we Sinhaleese also converted from Hinduism…or Aariya…before arrival of forefather Vijayan there were NO BUDDISM or Sinhala in our motherland…. We all inhabitants are immigrants but in different time period, understand the reality and try to live with peace to develop our nation…don’t forget we Sinhalese majority only in Sri lanka, Hindus are Majority in one of the emerging superpower India, muslims are majority all over the world…what could we achieve without the help of these powers in the world..

    Gunathilaka
    May 8, 2013 at 5:23 pm
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    Although the number is low it shows and increasing trend. Also many attacks in the WP where BBS has had many meetings. Many incidents of hate speech and inciting religous violence. Strange that Gothabaya cannot see or know about this and is attacking muslim leaders on a mere mis-reported sentence which was later corrected.

    Safa
    May 8, 2013 at 7:22 pm
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      Except SAFA’s comment all the others (including myself) have commented on the impersonator’s stupid comment and not on the subject matter. One stupid comment is enough to drag all of us away from the topic. M. Abbas, instead of the religious circumcision if you had any, your entire thing should have been cut off completely.

      Ronny
      May 9, 2013 at 2:27 am
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    BBS – Boru Balu Sena

    Non aligned
    May 8, 2013 at 8:28 pm
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    well, Sri Lanka is a Sihala Buddhist Country. those who need shariya can leave the country.

    PiG
    May 9, 2013 at 6:37 am
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      A PiG demonizes the value of Buddhism, a shame unto Sinhalahood.

      Sangahala
      May 12, 2013 at 2:12 pm
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    DODU, I can understand ur situation. KAruna, KP lives, as slaves under Sinhala-buddhist governemnt. no room for Any sort of (muslim or Tamil) terrorism again.I agree with PiG. this is a sinhala buddhist country.

    Idi Ameeen
    May 9, 2013 at 6:40 am
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    Agree with Mohommud Abbas.This is a Sihala-Buddhist country. No muslims allowed here. LEave our country ar die. Long lIve Bodu Bala Sena. You are the true sprit of Sri Lankans. Go to Hell MUlims.

    kitty
    May 9, 2013 at 6:49 am
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      Thanks and well said, Kitty, we Sri Lankans very well welcome your kind who wants to destroy their own country! There is only word to describe the kinds of you, IDIOTS!

      Never4getyrpast
      May 9, 2013 at 12:34 pm
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      Your Sinhala Buddhist country is now owned by the Chinese hee hee :)

      Point of View
      May 9, 2013 at 1:03 pm
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      Kitty pumps his lame Tamil veins once more.

      Tikka
      May 12, 2013 at 2:14 pm
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    Abbas We are sure You are not a Muslim or a Buddhist only a bitch born for a unknown basted. fir ask your mother and find you born for whom or check your birth certificate the column if empty.

    sunaka sena
    May 9, 2013 at 4:55 pm
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    Hindus/Christians/Buddhists get the taste of Islam in S/Arabia. They get 200 lashes for having a picture of their god and prayers. Why cant Muslims get the same kind in Sri Lanka? Did any SL Muslim ever asked the Saudis to give “equal” rights to pray other GODS?

    M.Sivananthan
    May 9, 2013 at 10:27 pm
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      M.Sivananthan “Did any SL Muslim ever asked the Saudis to give “equal” rights to pray other GODS?” Sri Lankan Muslims are not the citizens of Saudi Arabia. If you continue to insist on quid pro quo sooner you will end up in a medieval kingdom of Sri Lanka. Already the House Rajapaksa is waiting in the wings to crown Mahinda as the emperor.

      Native Vedda
      May 10, 2013 at 2:00 am
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    It’s good that you produced ‘Incidents vs Districts’ and ‘Incidents vs type of Attacks’ but it lack a semblance of truth or honesty. Figures for this month alone is not enough, plot it from 1990 onwards. Also you must have a separate graph under the heading ‘Wahhabi-Muslims attacks on Sufi Muslims’ is a must. As for types of attacks it should include: 1)Minarate Damagings Sufi Mosques, 2)Sufi Mosque demolitions, 3)Sufi Muslims House Burnings, 4)Physical Attacks on Sufis Men and Women, 5)Burning of Sufi Houses, 6)Killings of Sufis, 7)Maiming of Sufis, 7)Grave Digging of Sufis, 8)Burning of Unearthed Dead Bodies of Sufis, I bet whether this writer will not publish Muslim attacks on Muslims. would CT publish it, if I plot the graphs? Leela

    Leela
    May 9, 2013 at 11:17 pm
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      You seemed to be full of information on these matters. Why dont you make some charts and graphs then rather than merely making comments?

      Lee
      May 10, 2013 at 11:16 am
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      Why don’t you concentrate on paying back those whom you defrauded in the LEE & POTTER Housing Scam, Leelananda? Since you are interested in wiping out the Muslims from the face of the Earth, what irks you if the Muslim sects enjoy an internecine battle? Are these crocodile tears for them? “It is always a much easier task to educate uneducated people than to re-educate the mis-educated.” -  Herbert M. Shelton, Getting Well

      Jamal
      May 12, 2013 at 7:52 am
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    No need to Argue. this is a Sinhala-Budhist country. Live as they need. That s all. And this is lion’s country pigs should live secondary. that s all. if muslims cat live in Sri Lanka please feel to leave. doors are fullopen and u are well come to leave. you muslims destroyed our country, go go go..

    Pig
    May 10, 2013 at 2:35 pm
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      If all the Sinhla Buddhists are like you, but surely they are, then we will leave leaving the country to the whole lot of pigs.

      Lanka Muslim, UK
      May 11, 2013 at 2:54 am
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    Lanka Muslim, Yes. All sinhala Budhists are like me. we understood our fault of been so nice to “evil” people like muslims.You came here to trade. now u claim the country. it was our mistake we did 1000 year ago, by been so nice to all who came to the island. please for god’s sake leave our country. this is ours. we need it. we own this. it is ours. we love it. this is the only sinhal-budhist country in the world. so please dont spoil our nation.

    Pig
    May 11, 2013 at 2:13 pm
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    Graph 1 and 2 shows the stupity of SFM ( muslims). for continuous data you can’t draw a line graph. basic statistices. no wonder muslims are so ignorent and stupid. they know how to kill animals and kill inthe name of devil Allah. Mohomad himself didnt know how to writ letters. you guys are very uneducated. shame on you. i hate muslims

    Ranil
    May 11, 2013 at 2:23 pm
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    As Muslims, we should not use foul and dirty language against even our enemy. Lets be decent in our reply. We better argue on issues, using bad language does not validate our arguments.

    Zaneera Farook
    May 11, 2013 at 8:57 pm
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    We must not reply when we are angry. Calm down and then reply- thanks

    Zaneera Farook
    May 11, 2013 at 8:58 pm
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    CT Are the guys in charge of monitoring the forum on AUTO MODE. PiG, Ranil,Idi Ameeen, Kitty have all got the same Icon image! Probably using the same E mail as Lester or Leela – PLEASE APPLY THE CONDITIONS OF MODERATION, There seems to have been serious Violations – insulting people and mindless trolling going around. FYI & NA. JAMAL

    Jamal
    May 12, 2013 at 7:40 am
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    Pig first Pig is the best name for you. you understand that this country is not belong to one community. every one living in this country are not originally srilankans. even your grand grand father Wijaya. who is Wijaya a habitual womanize basted deported by his own father. I’m happy about call yourself as Pig. you cant be a lion any more. a pig cant be a lion.

    sunakasena
    May 15, 2013 at 1:23 pm
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