Monthly Archives: March 2018

Did ban help quell violence?

Did ban help quell violence?

Rioters were already on the streets when authorities in Sri Lanka blocked access to the internet. The mob – angered by the death of a Sinhala Buddhist man who was beaten by a group of Muslim men – swept through neighbourhoods in the South Asian …

It was not a Sinhala-Muslim clash

It was not a Sinhala-Muslim clash

Rauff Hakeem is the Minister of City Planning and Water Supply in Sri Lanka’s national unity government and the leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, a prominent Muslim political party. A lawyer and a senior parliamentarian, he represents Kandy district, which recently witnessed violent …

OBOR should not pose a threat to the international community

OBOR should not pose a threat to the international community

Sri Lanka’s president has warned that China’s Belt and Road economic initiative should not be allowed to pose a threat to the international community. Maithripala Sirisena made the remark in an interview with NHK ahead of his visit to Japan on Monday. He will meet …

Government is accused of failing to act fast

Government is accused of failing to act fast

Sri Lanka’s week-long state of emergency has not been lifted, as expected. It was imposed after Muslim-owned homes and businesses were set on fire by Sinhalese Buddhist nationalist gangs. The government is accused of failing to act fast enough to protect life and property. Al …

UN condemns anti-Muslim attacks

UN condemns anti-Muslim attacks

On March 11, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman concluded a three-day visit to Sri Lanka. His trip was planned as part of the ongoing strong engagement between the Government and people of Sri Lanka and the United Nations. Under-Secretary-General Feltman met with …

Post-independence history of communal politics

Post-independence history of communal politics

Rising communal tensions in Sri Lanka have made Mahinda Rajapaksa, former Sri Lankan President and leader of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), call for the strengthening of multi-ethnic and multi-religious national parties to neutralize ethnic and religious parties which have proliferated across the island. …

What lies behind violence against Muslims

What lies behind violence against Muslims

The anti-Muslim riots that rocked several towns in central Sri Lanka in the first week of March were swiftly put down by the army, deployed under a state of emergency clamped on March 6. But by then, scores of Muslim businesses had been burnt or …

IMF discusses progress of Economic Reform Program

IMF discusses progress of Economic Reform Program

An IMF staff team led by Manuela Goretti visited Colombo from February 27 – March 9 to hold discussions for the 2018 Article IV consultation and advance the technical work on the fourth review of Sri Lankan authorities’ economic reform program under the three-year Extended …

Is India listening to Wigneswaran?

Is India listening to Wigneswaran?

The Northern Province Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran, though a reluctant political entrant four and a half years ago, is now projecting himself as a stubbornly principled or perhaps a dogmatic Tamil nationalist political leader whose opinions to a certain extent are influencing the direction of …

Anti-Muslim sentiment re-surfaced after the conflict ended

Anti-Muslim sentiment re-surfaced after the conflict ended

Sri Lanka on Tuesday declared an island-wide state of emergency to curb heightening anti-Muslim violence in the country’s Central Province. The decision, taken at the weekly Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, came in response to a series of arson attacks targeting dozens of mosques and Muslim-owned …