Probe anti-Muslim violence in Sri Lanka – HRW
The Sri Lankan authorities should urgently investigate deadly violence against Muslims by Buddhist hardliners, Human Rights Watch said Friday.
The violence, which began June 15 after a rally led by the Buddhist Bodhu Bala Sena (BBS), left several dead, 80 injured, and numerous homes and businesses destroyed in Aluthgama town and surrounding areas.
Senior government officials as well as President Mahinda Rajapaksa have denounced the violence and promised compensation to the victims.
But the government needs to seriously investigate who is responsible for the attacks on Muslim communities, Human Rights Watch said.
Police have detained at least 40 people.
“Sri Lankan authorities need to do more than arrest those carrying out the anti-Muslim violence. They need to investigate and identify any instigators,” said the US-based group.
“That means taking a hard look at the role and relationship between extremist Buddhist groups like the BBS and the Sri Lankan security forces.”
In addition to providing prompt relief for those who suffered harm in the attacks, the authorities should create a secure environment for members of all communities, Human Rights Watch said.
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Is HRW, knowing the root cause of this issue?
While providing such statements should start with the root cause. Else its one-sided.
This prob, started due to attack happened on monk on last full moon day. Then followed with another attack after meeting is finished to the vehicles.
So both times incident started and ignited by one side.
Who is responsible to provide truth to HRW?
Is there anyone in the country have such knowledge?
Time to change.
Sri Lanka currently ruling by one family…..unable to call as democratic nation, therefore these kind of incident could increase on time to time and entire nation will pay the price. MR said, their are no minor and major community and just one nation people……but just in word only…Goes around & comes around….only just wait & see…time will tell for this Govt…they must pay back to the public.
There are different versionns of what happened. One is the security & police forces comment on their investigation.
Others are news reports that do not indicate their sources. However, glad that Sinhalese DID NOT got aroused to judgement about the ASSUALT ON MONK, now they say he admitted HE INFICTED CUTS & BRUSES himself.