IMMEDIATE DETERRENT ACTION NEEDED TO ERADICATE INTER-COMMUNITY VIOLENCE
Posted on December 1st, 2016

Governing Council National Peace Council

 After a two year lull that followed replacement of the former government through the electoral process, public manifestations of inter community tension have increased in recent months.  There are indications of political maneuvering behind these efforts to disturb the peace in the country and to bring ethno-religious nationalism to the fore.  Video footages of religious clergy engaging in vitriolic attacks on those of other ethnic and religious groups have gone viral on the social media.  Ethno nationalist organizations have been engaging in hate campaigns and intimidating those of other communities at the local level.  Most notably in the North and East, there are clashes being reported on inter religious grounds.  There are many incidents of religious clergy getting involved in expansionist projects, such as religious conversions, destruction of ancient sites or building places of worship in areas where they are less numerous

 The National Peace Council welcomes President Maithripala Sirisena’s admonition that anyone who violates the law would be dealt with by the law enforcement agencies.  In a context in which religious tension is rising, the government is planning to conduct programmes to educate the clergy of all religions on the importance of integration and reconciliation.  The Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation A H M Fowzie is making arrangements to hold programmes to promote national reconciliation.  Minister of Justice and Buddhasasana, Wijeyadasa Rajapaksheha has said that all ethnic and religious groups are welcome to participate in the dialogue.  He said various groups, including the Bodu Bala Sena and Ravana Balaya, had agreed to participate in the effort to resolve issues through dialogue.

 In addition to its awareness creation and dialogue-centred activities, the National Peace Council calls on the government to take action against those who engage in hate speech which creates disaffection and mistrust between communities.  The suspected arson attack last Saturday on a Muslim owned warehouse in a Colombo suburb that was previously burned down in 2013 by a mob makes it clear that law enforcement is an urgent priority.  In the past there has been a climate of impunity with charges not being brought against the perpetrators, and the victims being railroaded into informal settlements or face worse consequences.  This has only served to embolden the aggressors.   As their conduct is in clear violation of the law we demand that the laws against incitement to disaffection be enforced by the Attorney General and the Police and those engaging in violence are given exemplary punishment through the judicial process as a deterrent to racist and mob action before they grows out of hand.

 Governing Council National Peace Council

14 Responses to “IMMEDIATE DETERRENT ACTION NEEDED TO ERADICATE INTER-COMMUNITY VIOLENCE”

  1. Ananda-USA Says:

    The.Yamapalana government preaching harmony after setting in motion all the activities that pit people against each other is like expecting the Fox to Mind the Hen House!

    All that this so-called “Governing National Peace Council” is trying to do is to suppress LEGITIMATE dissent of concerned citizens against their legislative agenda designed to undermine the rights of the majority Sinhala Buddhist Community of Sri Lanka and dismantle our sovereign unitary Motherland.

    There can be peace only when the anti-national moves of the foreign-puppet Yamapalanaya are completely stopped, and the party that won a true majority in the general election is restored to power.

    The UNP government, now looting g the country, that was appointed through the backdoor by President Sirisena is not the legitimate government of this country that was elected by the people.

  2. Ananda-USA Says:

    Furthermore, let the Yamapalanaya immediately hold the local government election tons now.

    Let the people show their DISSATISFACTION with the undermining, dismantling and looting of their country, in the local government elections!

  3. Ananda-USA Says:

    The “Governing Council Natuonal Peace Council” can’t fool ALL the people ALL the time and SUPPRESS LEGITIMATE DISSENT against the IMPENDING dismantling of Sri Lanka!

  4. Lorenzo Says:

    “The suspected arson attack last Saturday on a Muslim owned warehouse in a Colombo suburb that was previously burned down in 2013 by a mob makes it clear that law enforcement is an urgent priority.”

    This is Islamic PROPAGANDA.

    Fashion Bug was burnt in 2013 and 2016 by Muslims to put the blame on others.

    This is an CALIPHATE tactic.

    I have VERY SERIOUS CONCERNS about this “National Peace Council”. Has it anything to do with extremist Shoora?

    Why doesn’t the National Peace Council talk about Muslim extremists destroying ancient Buddhist temples in the EAST and trying to ISLAMIZE SAMANALA MOUNTAIN with some middle eastern nonsense?

    National Peace Council must publish its key members’ names so that people can make their judgement.

  5. Christie Says:

    It is this so called ethnic violence instigated by India that lead to the new India backed regime. It is these Buddhist clergy who attacked Muslims and Christians pretending to be representing the Sinhalese alienate them .

  6. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    LORENZO !! THE LAW ENFORCEMENT CLEARLY TAKES PLACE, AS WE SAW **OUR IGP** POO JITA BENDING INTO TWO AND SAYING, ***YES SIR, YES SIR, THREE BAGS FULL SIR***AND TAKING ORDERS NOT TO GET FCID TO ARREST A POO DITHAYA. DISGUSTING SHAMELESS DAMNING POLITICIANS.

    THIS IS AN ASININE CARCASS IN A KHAKI SUIT.

  7. Lorenzo Says:

    SW,

    Yes.

    POO-JITHA openly BOASTED he BENDS the law!!

    What an IGP and what in a NAME!!

  8. Christie Says:

    https://scontent-syd2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/14691146_342707089454616_7168533765254471535_n.jpg?oh=c9774a4c1a727d313d6ca3bcc1247b86&oe=58B8AB39

  9. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    SAA KALU GALA IS THE DAMNINING POLITICIAN, INTERFERING WITH THE POLICE DUTIES, AND GIVING ORDERS TO THE IGP. HE BENDS INTO TWO AS PER THE VIDEO. THIS IS A BLOODY DISGRACE. WHAT THE HELL IS THE PRESIDENT DOING ABOUT IT. PROBABLY HE TOO GIVES SIMILAR ORDERS TO POO

  10. Lorenzo Says:

    Sorry-Sena is in a corner. STRIKES have CRIPPLED SL totally yesterday.

    Not a day passes without strikes.

    SL economy will be worse off.

    This is the PERFECT TIME for Tamil terrorists to attack economic centers and WIN their demands.

  11. Nimal Says:

    Inter community harmony is essential for country’s well being. We must not follow Burma who in for a lot of trouble in future, playing in to the hands of foreign powers who are causing mischief like in Syria.
    We must not allow our politicians exploit the main religion in a divisive way and the politicians’ extravagant lifestyles, waste,courrption is upsetting the hard working taxpayers who are mainly business people where majority are business people from the ethnic minorities. I hear their silent disatifation,if one bothers to find out. Majority of the people are dissatisfied too with the politicians and they are hoping for a new party and a group of people who will serve them, sadly this is the hope of all third world countries.
    Hope the countries of good governance will exert pressures on third world countries. But after they got it wrong in Syrya I have my doubts and it is up to the right thinking good people to get together and demand good standards from their respective politicians and gladly to their rescue come the non affiliated agencies that will do their utmost to make wrong doers in the third world accountable. These agencies too don’t favour their own politicians but work for a better and just world.
    Therefore respect for one another, irrespective of ones ethnicity is vital and we must all support it.

  12. S.Gonsal Says:

    Law and Order shall start from BATALANDA inquiry.

  13. S.Gonsal Says:

    There is no Inter-Community violence. Is there a single case where one COMMUNITY organised to attack another ?
    No such thing. It is all big cheating by these minoritites. They themselves set fire to property , claim insurance and call for Inter-Community Harmony while they create enclaves for their own community elsewhere. This is the TRUTH.

  14. Ananda-USA Says:

    Oi Katussa (Lorenzo),

    Why are you calling the President you helped to elect Sorry-Sena?

    What, not getting enough from the “Maru – Sira”? Payment from the TGTE not enough?

    You should be very happy with Sira; he is presiding over the Yamapalanaya that is creating the EELAM your paymasters want!

    Yelling Aiyoooo “Maru Sira FOOLED ME!” is NO excuse!

    If you are the CONGENITAL IDIOT you claim to be, capable of being FOOLED by the newly anointed Sorry-Sena, then BUGGER OFF … we don’t need the advice of IDIOTS!

    If you are NOT the CONGENITAL IDIOT you claim to be, but is the EELAMIST propagandist earning his pay spreading DISINFORMATION, I KNOW you to be, BUGGER OFF ANYWAY …. and give us a break!

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