Sri Lanka: State of Emergency imposed

A nation-wide state of emergency has been imposed by the Sri Lankan government to be able to take a strict action against the ones involved in triggering communal violence. This has come following unrest between religious communities of Buddhists and Muslims in which a Buddhist man was killed and many businesses of Muslims were set on fire.

Riots and arson attacks were reported from the central Kandy district while the violence is said to have spread to other parts of the island nation. Sri Lanka has seen a past of deadly violence based on religion as Muslims comprise 10 percent of the 21 million population while Buddhists and Sinhalese make up 75 percent the rest 13 percent are formed by the Hindus. The deadly Aluthgama riots of 2014 had seen a launch of a strong anti-Muslim campaign.

Many observers have held the nationalist Buddhist organization Bodu Bala Sena responsible for the violence. On the contrary, many hardline Buddhist groups have alleged that Muslims were forcing people for conversions and also defacing Buddhist archaeological sites. In February violence between the two communities, many shops and a mosque were badly damaged while five people were wounded. President Siresena had although vowed to investigate the crimes against the Muslims when he assumed power but there was no progress seen in action.



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