Monthly Archives: March 2018

Ultranationalist Buddhist Rhetoric

Ultranationalist Buddhist Rhetoric

Anti-Muslim sentiments in Sri Lanka can be attributed to the spread of ultranationalist Buddhist rhetoric propagated by Buddhist extremist groups which use Buddhism to justify their narrative. The ambivalent nature of religion allows it to be interpreted by its adherents both as a source of …

If handled well, Sri Lanka has the potential to constitute an example for the region how sustainable peace ought to be achieved

If handled well, Sri Lanka has the potential to constitute an example for the region how sustainable peace ought to be achieved

Speaking at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva Kate Gilmore, the United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights told the UN Human Rights Council today that OHCHR welcomes the Government’s constructive engagement with OHCHR and the human rights mechanisms, including its cooperation with …

Little Action on Promised Justice, Reforms

Little Action on Promised Justice, Reforms

The Sri Lankan government should announce a time-bound plan to carry out its pledges to the United Nations Human Rights Council since October 2015, Human Rights Watch said today. At an interim update before the Council this week on progress towards fulfilment of its human …

Sri Lanka is a strong supporter of the UPR process

Sri Lanka is a strong supporter of the UPR process

Ravinatha Aryasinha, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Office at Geneva, said on 19 March 2018, that of the 230 recommendations received, Sri Lanka had accepted 177 recommendations along with 12 voluntary pledges.  Progress was already being made concerning the implementation of recommendations. …

Crisis can be resolved

Crisis can be resolved

Ethnic dissidence is a worldwide phenomenon and Sri Lanka is no exception to it with her multiplicity of ethnic composition. Within the ethnic frame lies the religious societal subdivisions also with its cognitive diversity impacting on internal political dynamics. Sri Lanka, a nation of immigrants …

Striving for sanity after madness

Striving for sanity after madness

Just over ten days ago Mohammed Lafeel was the proud owner of a shop selling mobile phones and latest phone related gadgets. Wanting to diversify his business, he had also branched into selling antique bric-a-brac and jewelry. The modern and the ancient had existed side …

China is challenging American dominance

China is challenging American dominance

As China grows more powerful, it is displacing decades-old American pre-eminence in parts of Asia. The outlines of the rivalry are defining the future of the continent. Last week, a group of 11 nations signed a trade deal + that had originally been conceived as …

Wahhabism on the rise in Sri Lanka?

Wahhabism on the rise in Sri Lanka?

A news report by India’s World Is One News (WION) claims that while Sinhalese intolerance is on the rise in Sri Lanka, as apparent in the recent communal violence, the root cause for the distrust of Muslims in Sri Lanka lies in the alarming spread …

Stop spreading hatred and promoting violence

Stop spreading hatred and promoting violence

Whenever violence is unleashed on ethnic minority communities, political leaders from South almost by rote, hold a small group responsible and reiterate that an overwhelming majority of the majority community have always wanted goodwill and peace among the communities. This was the refrain last week …

End sectarian violence

End sectarian violence

The Elders today called on the Government of Sri Lanka to act with greater urgency and thoroughness to end sectarian violence targeting Muslim communities on the island. They noted that the Government has taken some measures to counter the criminal violence, but also warned that …