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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …