- Posted June 24, 2014 by
new york, New York
Mass Rally to Protest Religious Violence against Muslims in Sri Lanka
The members, supporters and friends of The Association of Sri Lankan Muslims in North America (TASMINA) organizing a protest rally in front of United Nations in New York City next week. Sri Lankan authorities must act immediately to end anti-Muslim violence in the country, and to rein in groups that violently target religious minorities.
At least four people have been reported killed and scores injured in the southern coastal towns of Aluthgama and Beruwela since an anti- Muslim riot broke out following a rally organized by the hardline Buddhist group Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) last weekend. Violent incidents have also been reported in other towns since Sunday. Despite police imposing a curfew, anti- Muslim mob violence continued over Monday and Tuesday, resulting in widespread destruction of property, with Muslims’ homes and shops burned and looted. Police have stood-by and refused to intervene in the violence are very troubling and must also be investigated.
There has been a disturbing rise in attacks and harassment of religious minorities in Sri Lanka over the past two years, mostly led by groups with hardline Buddhists or national agenda, and these groups are reported to have strong links to high-ranking government officials.
US State Department, The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Amnesty International and EU officials have already requested the government of Sri Lanka to take immediate action against perpetrators.
BBS’s effort to de-stabilize the peace and harmony in the nation has been increasing by attacking minority Muslims and Christians. Therefore, TASMINA is requesting everyone to join in this effort to march against unjust act against minority Muslims in Sri Lanka.