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Lynching In Sialkot & Burning Alive In Sri Lanka – A Comparison

By Latheef Farook

Latheef Farook

On Thursday 3 December 2021 Sri Lankan national Priyantha Kumara, was brutally killed by workers of the factory and his body was set on fire in the Pakistani city of Sialkot, bordering India.

This sheer barbarity was promptly condemned by all Pakistanis. There were demonstrations all over Pakistan and women demonstrated in Lahore. Prominent ulemas expressed their deep condolences. Though Three-e-Labia Pakistan party was accused the TLP officially distanced itself from the incident.

Responding promptly Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed his disbelief and anger in a tweet saying “The horrific vigilante attack on a factory in Sialkot and the burning alive of a Sri Lankan manager is a day of shame for Pakistan. I am overseeing the investigations and let there be no mistake, all those responsible will be punished with the full severity of the law. Arrests are being made”.

At a condolence meeting at the Prime Minister’s Office in Islamabad, Prime Minister Imran Khan announced that Malik Adnan who tried to save Kamara’s life from the mob, will be awarded the Tamara I Shoat — the second-highest civil award for bravery bestowed by the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. The business community of Sialkot raised USD $100,000 for Kamara’s family, and his widow would continue to receive his monthly salary. Police arrested the most wanted accused.

Sialkot Bar decided not to appear on behalf of the culprit’s. Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar directed to ensure that the trial of the suspects is completed and file the case in court within 14 days. The police have, so far, arrested 139 people of which 34 are main suspects.

Here in Sri Lanka MPs, ministers, clergy and others visited Priyantha’s house, expressed condolences and extended support to the family. Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa visited Priyantha’s house and donated two million rupees and a laptop computer to the children.

The Government of Sri Lanka promised to grant aid worth Rs 2.5 million to Kumara’s family. The Foreign Minister Prof. G L Peiris met the Actg. High Commissioner of Pakistan in Colombo Tanvir Ahmad to discuss matters relating to financial security of Priyantha’s family.

Activist’s protested outside Pakistan’s High Commission in Colombo. The Sinhale National United Alliance demanded the Pakistan Government pay Kumara’s family US $ 1 million apart from asking for a written apology for the killing from Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government.

This contrasts vividly with the treatment meted out to the peace-loving Muslim Community in Sri Lanka who has been subject to violence involving killing, burning of commercial, residential properties and mosques besides burning Holy Quran and even urinating on them ever since the end of the ethic war in May 2009. It is now discerned that this catastrophe appears to have been pre-planned by successive governments.

In the aftermath of the war there began a sinister campaign portraying Muslims as a threat to Sinhalese, Buddhism and the country. Then came the kidnapping of Muslim businessmen followed by “grease yaka” mayhem when Muslims were attacked during the holy month of Ramadan and prevented from attending the night Taraveeh “prayers while women lived in fear until men folk returned home.

A Buddhist monk with six of his henchmen demolished more than four centuries old shrine of Sheikh Sikkandar Waliullah in Anuradhapura on 14 June 2011. This was followed by vandalism at the Dambulla mosque led by Ven. Inamaluwa Sumangala Thero on Friday 20 April, 2012.

British citizen Khuram Shaikh came to Sri Lanka in 2011 with his Russian girl friend to spend the Christmas holiday. His girlfriend was gang raped and Khurram Shaikh was brutally attacked and killed.

Since then one after the other Sinhala extremists began attacking mosques, religious schools, street demonstrations with posters of pigs with the Arabic word ‘Allah’ on its face, posters of Holy Ka’ba with a dog on it, attacking girls wearing hijab and abaya and many more.

This continued until the well-organized attacks on Muslims and their properties in Aluthgama, Dharga Town and Beruwala following the highly inflammatory speech by lawless Buddhist monk Galagoda Atte Gnanasara Thero used by the government to terrorize Muslims.

They looted and burnt Muslim owned properties, burnt mosques, copies of Holy Quran and urinated on them besides shooting and killing a father of two children during curfew hours under the watchful eyes of police.

Hundreds of Muslims became paupers overnight. Fed up of violence around 95 percent of Muslims, voted for Maithripala Sirisena-Ranil Wickremesinghe government to power in 2005 only to realize they were no better.

Under Maithri-Ranil government Muslims in Gintota were attacked followed by organized attacks in Ampara. In March 2018 Muslims in Digana and other villages in the central hills were attacked, looted and their commercial and residential properties and mosques burnt. The area looked like battlefield.

In Digana, a 27 years old Muslim youth Abdul Basith was burnt alive to death. A doctor at Teldeniya hospital refused to treat a bleeding Muslim saying Muslims are terrorists. These senseless attacks continued until the Easter Sunday bombings and killings involving few Muslims in April 2019.

The Maithri-Ranil government promptly imposed emergency regulations, declared a campaign demonizing Islam, projected every Muslim a terror suspect, deployed forces to search Muslim owned properties from mosques, houses, business establishments and took to custody Muslim men and women on ridiculous allegations and produced before courts after keeping in custody.

Insulting religious feelings of Muslims troops entered mosques with boots accompanied by sniper dogs during the Holy Month of Ramadan fast. Under such frightening atmosphere, President Sirisena left to China to attend an insignificant conference that did not need the presence of a head of state leaving Muslims at the mercy of mob.

On the same day a mob of around 500 with iron rods, swords and other such items began their killing spree. They burnt and destroyed around 30 Muslim villages.

Sinhala three wheel drivers refused to take a severely battered Muslim dragged on the street to hospital. In the process he died. A fasting Muslim was chopped to death.

In Wennappuwa a forty nine year old furniture trader M.S. Fouzul Amen was at home with his family to end the Ramadan fast when mob started to smash his vehicle. Ameen came out to stop. The mob turned on him and slashed his neck with a sword, poured turpentine on his face and left to die in the presence of his 16 years old son Ajmir.

Fasting Muslim women grabbing their children ran to Sinhalese neighbors for safety. Some accommodated and even gave food while others chased them out.

Organized thugs began attacking and burning mosques, houses, business establishments, vehicles and whatever owned by Muslims under the watchful eyes of the forces. It started from Chilaw before spreading to Gampaha, Kurunegala, Nikawaratiya and many other places.

Mobs laid siege to the Kuliyapitiya, Hettipola, Aukana, Kottampitiya areas and moved to Nikaweratiya town area driving Muslim families, during the month of Ramadan fast, into paddy fields for safety. They burnt vehicles and attacked passengers. At least three mosques were attacked.

Maithri-Ranil government made no moves to stop the violence.

Sinhala lawyers refused to appear for Muslims taken into custody, doctors refused to treat Muslim women, Muslim shops were boycotted and prevented from trading in the market and some temples began advising Buddhists not to deal with Muslims.

Justifying the violence the mainstream media unleashed a full-scale campaign demonizing Islam and describing Muslims as terrorists. The mob functioned as government within the government and moved through towns during curfew hours in full view of the police.

Now the question is where were the MPS, ministers, politicians, demonstrators, activists and others who flocked to Priyantha’s house when Muslims were persecuted only because they were Muslims?

The Presidential Commission inquired into Easter Sunday killings recommended criminal charges against Maithri, Ranil and top officials. However they are free and still in politics. This happened Dhammadipa which is today on the verge of political, economic and social collapse due to racist politics.

Isn’t it time that those who follow Buddha’s Buddhism come forward to lead the country, bring communities together and march towards a better Sri Lanka for the common good of all and turn the island once again into a land of peace and harmony?

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    The contrast in how these violent crimes were handled is like night and day. How many Muslim families here have been compensated, or shown compassion by Buddhist leaders, for the brutal killing of Muslims, or the attack on their properties and businesses? How many Sinhala Buddhist leaders, including the Rajapaksa family, visited the victims and condemned the violence against innocent people? We know the answer, and it only supports what has been signaled by the Rajapaksa’s, that they implement racist policies, and when the majority attacks the minorities, the silence of the Sinhala Buddhist leaders is deafening. Their silence can also be considered complicity.

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      Behind much of the inter-religious and “ethnic” violence in historically multi-religious South and Southeast Asia and Africa is the CIA, MI 6 and Mossad. This its part of the COLD WAR project to Weaponize Religion, particularly, Islam and Buddhism and destabilize, Divide, Distract and Rule Asia and Africa so US corporations can loot the Global South and destroy de-colonization, socialist and leftist movements.
      The CIA uses the Saudi Wahabi Salafi establishment to Weaponize Islam and Sunni-Shiaa divide, and also funded the Easter attacks 2019 in Lanka. Now, the US Deepstate wants a Clash of Civilizations between Buddhism and Islam at this time to Destabilize Asia and its rise as the Growth Hub of the world led by China now. Please read “Cold War Monks: Buddhism and America’s Secret Strategy in Southeast Asia (Yale UP 2017)

    • 5
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      No difference at all looking back how Rajapakses burnt down that ruggerite Wasim Thadjudeen/ remember? Entire family is alleged to be in that highly MISTERIOUS murder / going beyond that of Jamal Khashoggi/ and it has become routine with direct backing of current govt how many were shot dead in police arrest? 😶😶😶😶😶😶😶😶😶😶

  • 14
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    “Now the question is where were the MPS, ministers, politicians, demonstrators, activists and others who flocked to Priyantha’s house when Muslims were persecuted only because they were Muslims?”

    another question where was the muslim cabinet ministers.Did they resign?Did they continue to support that racist government?Fro what the author writes here the sirisena/ranil government allowed much bigger damage to muslims than the previous rajapakshe government?All the muslims who got hammered and damaged would have voted at the previous election for sirisena and their MP’s would have supported ranil.Thiss reminds me of july 83 whre all the tamil victims would have supported the UNP,whereas under sirimavo to her credit the SLFP never allowed a riot to take place.

    Can the author look into that and tell why the minorities get bashed when they support a government.The very same government they support gets them bashed or look the other way.

    does this not tell the tamils and muslims that it is better to support each other than the sinhalese.

    • 10
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      cont

      yet the muslim MPS keep fawning over the sinhalese to get cabinet posts.They are the muslims own worst enemy.See the tamil MP’s they don’t go after the sinhalese for cabinet posts.The tamils learnt a good lesson by supporting sinhala governments but the muslims have not.

      The only longterm solution to this is for tamils and muslims to firmly unite politically and increase their birth rates as a matter urgency jut like the blacks and latinos did in the US and got rid of trump.

  • 10
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    Latheef Farook

    “The Presidential Commission inquired into Easter Sunday killings recommended criminal charges against Maithri, Ranil and top officials. However they are free and still in politics. “

    Thank you for freeing us from critical thinking.

  • 14
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    Dear Mr Farook
    Thank you for your article. It is high time someone pointed out the truth about the ugliness of violence upon innocent human beings no matter what cast or creed the victims belong to.
    Yes what happened to Mr Kumara is very unfair and tragic, yes so many people have come out to condemn it, particularly the majority of Sri Lankans condemned it.
    But what baffles me is that when innocent minority Muslims were being persecuted and attacked in Sri Lanka particularly with the involvement of the government the same people who are now crying on behalf of Mr Priantha were deaf and dumb, including the Police in most instances.
    Buddhist priests spearheaded the attacks and people like Amith Weerasinghe were openly fueling the pogroms and he was supported by the government.
    As a Sinhalese, I find that hypocrisy nauseating. How superficial and unreasonable have the Sinhalese society become.
    What’s more, is that we depend on foreign labour in the middle east to make ends meet back home. The Muslim world has kept mum during most of the attacks on Muslims not only in Sri Lanka but in Myanmar as well.
    I remember when 60 Rohingya refugees landed in Colombo port, it was our Buddhist monks who went with clubs to attack them.
    How barbaric have the Sinhalese Buddhists become?

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      HT,
      Reference,
      “I remember when 60 Rohingya refugees landed in Colombo port, it was our Buddhist monks who went with clubs to attack them.
      First time I am hearing about this incident!
      Reminds me of “Kotti Friday” on 27th July 1983. However, that was under different circumstances, understandable to an extent, but not to be condoned nevertheless!
      repercussions were severe and serious!
      How barbaric have the Sinhalese Buddhists become?”
      I agree with you on this totally. That is degrading. Is it not?
      They must have thought that there was an ‘Invasion’; by 60 people against 24 million Sri Lankans!

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    True, Muslims have been subjected to racist treatment in this country. But it isn’t fair to complain about how Muslims were treated by security forces after the Easter attacks. Tamils were treated the same way , though in 1989, Tamils were treated better than Sinhalese. This is how security forces operate. If they could do some other job, they wouldn’t be ranaviruwos, would they?
    “troops entered mosques with boots accompanied by sniper dogs”
    Has Mr.Farook discovered some advanced technology whereby dogs can carry and fire sniper rifles? Wow!!

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      Old Cogger
      “Sniper dogs”
      Is this all you could find from this entire write up?
      .
      Shame on you.
      .
      Sniper dogs is obviously a typo or an autocorrect error. You could see that but you cannot see the grave injustices by our people to others.
      .
      This country will only change when the likes of you are 6ft underground.
      Your generation of mindless animals have driven this country to the depths of misery.
      .
      Luckily you and your type have your days numbered, no condition is permanent.
      .
      Your time will soon be up.
      Good riddance in advance.

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        HT,
        So you didn’t read the first part?
        Shame on you!

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          Old Cogger
          What have you essentially said?
          You have said that Tamils and Muslims were badly treated, but Sinhalese were treated even worse in 1989.
          And you end it with a wise crack!
          Should that be the norm?
          If Sinhalese decide to maltreat each other, then should they choose to maltreat others as well. Perhaps to balance the equation or what?
          Should the Sinhalese maltreat each other in the first place?
          It is wrong to violate the fundamental rights of any human being regardless of the language, caste, creed, religion, colour, race, social standing, economic status or sexual orientation.
          We should condone what is wrong.
          Anyone who stands by when a crime is committed is deemed an accessory.
          You of all people should know this, at your age…

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            HC,
            Calm down. I am all for equal treatment of all citizens. But Mr.Farook tends to prefer his own community and whitewashes its errors. He openly subscribes to the “9/11. was a set-up” theory.
            “We should condone what is wrong.” Another typo, I suppose?

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        HT & OC
        “Under Maithri-Ranil government Muslims in Gintota were attacked followed by organized attacks in Ampara…”
        *
        Is “Gintota” also a typo?

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          …and ” Three-e-Labia Pakistan party” also a typo?
          (Should have been “Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan”)
          True, the computer spell check plays tricks, but should not a writer read through the text once over.

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      old codger,
      The complaint was/is about troops entering mosques wearing boots. And, taking dogs into mosques.
      Will these two activities be tolerated in the premises of a Buddhist place of worship – that is the question.

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        HI Justice, HT, OC,
        “The complaint was/is about troops entering mosques wearing boots. And, taking dogs into mosques.”
        This should not be permitted in any place of religious worship. Full stop!
        Will that become reality??
        Yes in any sensible country in the world, other than Sri Lanka and its ilk!! You know what I mean?
        I have heard one of my friends reciting a stanza from some chronicle, that,
        “When the ignorant people get power/resources, they will use it anytime anywhere to show off authority or the resources” as an example ‘Holding an umbrella (which provides shade from the Sun) even at Midnight on a new moon day!!
        Temples and mosques bar people from wearing shoes/footwear in their premises for religious purposes (presumably as they are made of cowhide which is considered sacred by Hindus and also I believe by Buddhists?! – MR being a Buddhist observes “Mattu Pongal”)
        Security forces, do not care! Because the may trample Landmine if they went barefoot!!?

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      OC

      “troops entered mosques with boots accompanied by sniper dogs”

      Has Mr.Farook discovered some advanced technology whereby dogs can carry and fire sniper rifles? Wow!!

      OC, are you trying to justify the action of troops entering the mosques the way they did?

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        M,
        “OC, are you trying to justify the action of troops entering the mosques the way they did?”
        No, but I hate sloppy writing.

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          OC

          “No, but I hate sloppy writing.”

          Can you point out the “sloppy writing”?

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            M,
            “Sniper dogs”, “Three-e-Labia Pakistan party”. Mr. F is, I believe, a professional writer.

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        M,
        I am not justifying anything. What I am saying is that this is how the Lankan security forces work. They just do what they’re told. They don’t know that dogs and boots defile mosques. As to temples, the forces in 1989 did drag out and murder several Buddhist monks.

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      Oc.
      .
      Partly muslim srilankens are to be blamed/ they let Ali Sabr or the like backlicker be bred in the country yet today. Not Priyantha kumara srilanken muslims should stone Ali sabry o the like traitors for that matter 🙂🐕🐃🙂🐕🐃🙂🐕🐃

  • 12
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    You have conveniently forgotten the riots of 1983 and before that on Tamils.

    “Here in Sri Lanka MPs, ministers, clergy and others visited Priyantha’s house,”
    Isn’t it some of the same clergy or thugs clad in yellow that went around with low life idiots, murdering, looting and raping?

    Lets go back a decade and see the crimes committed against the Tamils in the north. Muslims were active participants and partners in crime along with the Sinhalese.

    Karma is a B1tch. What goes around will come around.

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      Bert, In 1963, the priest of the Panadura Hindu Temple was killed/burned alive, inside the temple.

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      Bert,
      Spot on!
      No doubt at all.
      I agree with you fully. 1983 the biggest beneficiaries were the Muslims.
      We had reports, reliable too, were coaxing affected Tamil residents principally of Wellawatte, Dehiwela and Bambalapitiya affected by 1983 rampage, post return from refugee camps to sell/transfer, properties under cohesion, adverting Sinhalese future “attack” and induced by giving threatening phone calls to ‘fast track’ transfer process (pasting ‘Notices’ to that effect)!!!
      Many of my close friends succumbed to this ‘modus operandi’. I have no reason to disbelieve or doubt the veracity of their claim. I had the occasion to be present on 3 or 4 occasions of “such transactions”.
      Wellawatte which was once derogatively referred by Sinhalese politicians as “Elam” in Colombo, transformed predominantly Muslim majority overnight
      The Muslims too have to live in comfort and equanimity.
      I have no qualms with that!
      Methodology employed; Questionable?
      Some of my friends (I have all shades and hues) called it that it was a show of “Humane Kindness”!
      I agree to an extent, whilst “energetically agreeing” with the pronouncement of the “Humanitarian War” pronounced by War winning CiC, in May 2009?!
      Did it end?
      Are skeletal remains reincarnated for winning elections?

  • 11
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    Dear Latheef Farook ,
    I am there with you on your condemnation of the Sialkot Burning.
    I wish I could be there with you on your revulsion about the so called ‘pre-planned’ treatment meted out to the Sri Lankan Muslim Community, as well. I find it difficult.
    You yourself tell me that the violence against the Muslims started since the end of the war in May 2009. But, conveniently, I should say, you avoided being with Tamils, when we faced double-barrelled Sialkot moments, prior to May 2009.

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      Nathan

      “………you avoided being with Tamils, when we faced double-barrelled Sialkot moments, prior to May 2009”.

      Weren’t the Muslims attacked by the Tamils L..o….n…g before 2009. both in the North and the East? Have you forgotten the ethnic cleansing of the Muslims in the North in Oct. 1990 at a few hours’ notice with just the clothes they were wearing?

      Have you forgotten the attacks in the Mosques in Kattankudy and Eravur in 1990 while people were praying, killing over 300 people?

      And, Returning Haj pilgrims were also attacked in the East, a few miles North of Kalmunai, in which close to a 100 pilgrims were killed.

      So, don’t FORGET that the Tamils spilled a lot of Muslim blood in the East but can you point out any single similar attack by the Muslims against the Tamils

      Do you know that there were Muslim youths fighting alongside the Tamils till these attacks took place?

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        Muhandiram,
        Speaking convenient half-truths leads to antagonism.
        (I’ll stop here, for our mutual benefit.)

  • 8
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    LF, I agree with your findings except that all communities including Sinhalese suffered and Tamils bore the brunt. ” Lankans are racist and immoral, just as anyone could be” but are in total denial.

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    Thank you Latheef.
    “who follow Buddha’s Buddhism” – numbers who follow Buddhism are going down in SL.

  • 5
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    Brave students.
    University of Colombo graduates snub Rajapaksa backed monk – https://www.tamilguardian.com/content/university-colombo-graduates-snub-rajapaksa-backed-monk

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    Hindu statue goes ‘missing’ at site of newly constructed Buddhist vihara in Jaffna – https://www.tamilguardian.com/content/hindu-statue-goes-missing-site-newly-constructed-buddhist-vihara-jaffna

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    Hope Tamil and Muslim parties continue to work together and achieve something.
    “Tamil and Muslim political party leaders, members and representatives met in Colombo yesterday (21) for the third time to find a political solution to the national issue through the implementation of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.
    All parties agreed to compile their suggestions and input for further discussion, with the final report to be submitted to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi via the Indian High Commission in Colombo.” – https://www.seithy.com/breifNews.php?newsID=276743&category=EnglishNews&language=english

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      anpu

      yes that was what i mean too.Politically the muslims and tamils must get together regardless of what differences they may have with people to people problems.There is no love lost between the blacks and latinos in the US but politically they all support the democratic party and with their high birth rates over decades have now earned their political power by defeeating trump who is the rednecks leader for white supremacy.

      I also saw this article and salute rauff hakeem for working with the tamil leaders for a political solution for te minorities of 25% in the country.

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    Human Rights in Sri Lanka in 2021 – “As 2021 comes to an end, we have been looking back over some of the key developments in human rights, justice, and accountability in Sri Lanka over the last year. This has been an extremely challenging year in Sri Lanka, as an increasingly militarised, authoritarian, and majoritarian government has made it clear that they hold human rights and democratic governance in contempt. Despite this, victim-survivor communities, human rights defenders, journalists and others in Sri Lanka continue to stand up for justice, equality, and human rights in the face of intimidation and harassment from state officials. As we look towards the new year it is essential that the international community plays its part to support them. ” https://www.srilankacampaign.org/human-rights-in-sri-lanka-in-2021/

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    Politicians play to the gallery. At least Imran Khan had the guts to condemn the murder publicly. Comparatively, Sirisena & RW were gutless, so was Premadasa jnr for not speaking out. As for the Rajapakses, they are in power because of racial disharmony. The JVP/NPP, too, are largely neutral, obviously fearing the wrath of the Sinhala vote base. Politicians in SL are self serving & those who speak out are committing hara kiri.

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      When barbarian Rajapakshe continue day light murders no media to take the side of the public. So public perception become as if entire nation is supportive of mlechcha acts against the minorities.
      .
      Once the media become humane only the perception would become in favour of general public/ until then no point of commenting onvthis😶😶😶😶😶😶😶

  • 6
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    We are asking compensation to “one and only Buddhist Sinhala” who were murdered by an or few Islamic extremists without knowing what made them to kill but did we ask for those hundreds of innocent civilians including women and elderly who were dragged into the streets in 1958 and burnt them or burning the one and only Jaffna Library.
    This is the politics of this country. This is the politics of Buddhist Fundamentalism.

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      What about LTTE’s killing of innocents of all races?

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        SJ,
        Have you read my comment before you make your nasty comment? What is the relevance of your question?
        It clearly shows that you are very happy with the murder of those Tamils who were burnt in Colombo streets in 1958 and burning of Jaffna library.

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        SJ

        “What about LTTE’s killing of innocents of all races?”

        Finally you have found your …..

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        Then we the sinhalayas have to go back to 89 insurgency where flesh and bones of own sons were fed to their parents and the family/ remember? My good mates were burnt down on tyre tyres for no reason. Were they the perpetrators not sinhala Buddhists? That perhaps wear their pirith noole also around their penises? 😶😶😶😶😶😶😶😶😶😶

  • 8
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    Latheef Farook has enumerated meticulously the violence unleashed against the Muslims during Sirisena -Ranil rule. It is true under their dispensation Sinhalese – Buddhist mobs attacked Muslims places of worship, shops, mosques etc. But where was Farook before the war ended on 18, May 2009? The Tamils have suffered loss of lives and of properties right from 1956, 1958, 1977, 1979, 1981 and 1983. Ironically the Muslims fought the Tamils along with the Sinhalese army to kill and maim hundreds of Tamils in the eastern province. The infamous Muslim Home Guards aided and abetted by the Sinhalese army carried out gruesome murders against innocent Tamils. I will only cite one massacre out of hundreds in the eastern province where the Muslim Home Guards 185 Tamils including five children less than a year old, 42 children under 10, 9 pregnant women and 28 adults over 68 years of age. Thirty-eight were from Sathurukondan, 37 from Panichchaiyady, 62 from Pillaiyaradi and 47 from Kokuvil. (https://www.tamilguardian.com/content/sathurukondan-massacre-185-tamils-slaughtered-sri-lankan-army-remembered-batticaloa)

    The Sinhalese army used the Muslims to subjugate the Tamils and after the war ended the Muslims are at the receiving end. What they sowed, they are reaping now. It is poetic justice. Only those with clean hands can seek justice. Muslims are not.

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