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The number of attacks on Christians in Sri Lanka continues to increase dramatically. Across the island nation, Christian groups and leaders have been reporting new social pressures they are enduring due to their religious beliefs. In 2013 alone, Christians have been attacked on 65 different occasions. In this case, a Christian priest received death threats because of a Mass service he held. Without decisive action by the Sri Lankan government or the international community, the situation for Christians in Sri Lanka will likely continue to deteriorate.
Ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Sri Lanka, many allegations of human rights abuses committed by the Sri Lankan state are coming to a head. Two governments, Canada and India, have decided to boycott the meeting due to these unresolved allegations. Among the allegations, abuse of religious minorities, including Sri Lanka's Christian minority, continues to be reported by pastors across the island nation. Intimidation, beatings and forced conversion are only some of the types of persecuted these pastors are facing as the Sri Lankan government does little to assist them.
A Christian family forced to flee Pakistan because of their conversion to Christianity is speaking out about the poor living conditions faced by thousands of Christian refugees fleeing to Sri Lanka every year. This family has begged the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to grant them refugee status in Sri Lanka so that they can legally make a living working. Because they are a people without status, these Christians are forced to hide in poor living conditions. If the Sri Lankan government were to deport them back to Pakistan, it is likely these Christians would either be imprisoned by the Pakistani government or would be killed by extremist elements within Pakistan's Sunni Muslim majority.
United Nations Human Rights Commissioner, Navi Philly, has called upon Sri Lanka to protect its religious minorities. After a brief fact finding mission in September, the Commissioner declared her alarm over the abuse of religious minorities in Sri Lanka, including Christians. Buddhist nationalists, who believe they must use violence and intolerance to protect Sri Lanka's Buddhist heritage, have been leading mobs of radicals against churches, mosques and other places of worship. This dramatic rise in intolerance, coupled with the government's inaction, has caused many to fear that this may be the new norm unless decisive action is taken soon.
Christian persecution in Sri Lanka has dramatically increased over the past year as Buddhist radicals have gained influence on the island nation. Promoting a nationalist message, these Buddhist radicals believe that to be a true Sri Lankan one must be Buddhist. To spread their ideology, they have been responsible for attacks on religious minorities and their leaders, like churches and pastors. Please pray for Christians in Sri Lanka as they face this growing threat.
After returning from a recent official visit to Sri Lanka, Navi Pillay, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said that she was disturbed by the recent attacks on Christian and Muslims and their places of worship. Attacks on churches have escalated in intensity and number over the past year as Buddhist nationalism spread across the country. Mobs led by Buddhist monks have destroyed many churches and beaten many pastors over the past couple of months alone, leading many to express concern over the state of religious freedom in Sri Lanka.
Religious extremism continues to take hold in Sri Lanka as Buddhist radicals rally a mob of 30 individuals and attack a Christian prayer meeting in the country's capital of Colombo. As a result of the raid, the Christian fellowship's musical instruments were destroyed and their pastor was beaten unconscious, requiring medical attention. Attacks on Christians and other religious minorities, like Muslims, in Sri Lanka has seen a dramatic rise in the past year. Without decisive action by the Sri Lankan government, attacks like this may continue to become the norm.
Over the past year, attacks on Christians and their places of worship in Sri Lanka has seen a dramatic increase in both number and intensity. Radical Buddhism seems to be gripping a sizable portion of Sri Lanka's Buddhist population and is driving these radicals to commit acts of violence. The radicals claim they are punishing Christians for forcefully converting Buddhists to Christianity and for running unregistered churches. Will this trend continue to rise?
In recent years, the rise of religious intolerance in Sri Lanka has lead to a dramatic increase in attacks on religious minorities and their places of worship. This includes Christians and churches, mainly coming from non-traditional church establishments like evangelical house churches led by lay leaders. What should Sri Lanka do to confront this new rise in religious intolerance and how should the South Asia island country protect its Christians?
Christian persecution on the island nation of Sri Lanka has seen a dramatic increase in the past year. In the last four months alone, over 30 churches have been attacked by Buddhist extremists attempting to maintain Sri Lanka's Buddhist heritage. Recently, the courts in Sri Lanka ruled in favor of a church that brought charges against a group of Buddhist extremists for attacking their church. Is this a development in the right direction?
A recent increase in events of Christian persecution in Sri Lanka continues to concern both believers on the ground as well as national and international human rights and religious freedom advocates. Acts of Buddhist extremism, which some assert denotes the rise of a "Buddhist Taliban," have targeted Christians and other religious minorities throughout Sri Lanka and have included firebombings, beatings, enforced disappearances, torture, and extrajudicial killings. The spreading anti-Christian is growing in intensity, as a Buddhist monk self-immolated in protest of the Christianity, viewed as a of Western colonization and imperialism.
A recent increase in events of Christian persecution in Sri Lanka continues to concern both believers on the ground as well as national and international NGOs and human rights and religious freedom advocates. A new report released by the National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka details many of the events recorded in 2013, noting 45 incidents of persecution occurred between January and May this year alone—an amount nearly equal to the 52 events recorded throughout all of 2012.
In a bizarre display of state power, authorities arbitrarily detained a Sri Lankan Monk for challenging the overnight detention of three children resident to the St. Josephs Boys Home in the nation's capital of Kandy. Fears regarding the state's disposition toward Christian minorities in Sri Lanka continue to surface as increasingly frequent events of abusive state intervention into private religious affairs continue to be recorded. The majority of contention revolves around Sri Lankan laws mandating the registration of religious entities with that of the state, a trendy tactic increasingly employed by repressive governments in an attempt to regulate all religious activity within a given nation state.
A round-up of instances of persecutions that happened around the world this month. The situation in Sri Lanka is of particular concern.
Even as Sri Lanka is engaged in a difficult process of post-civil-war reconciliation, disturbing reports are emerging of Christians being targeted for persecution by Buddhist fundamentalists.
This article sheds light on the state of the persecuted church in the 10/40 window. This region of the world sees the highest amount of persecution and is also where most of ICC’s projects are based. Christians often see “their lives threatened, homes destroyed, rights violated and loved ones imprisoned, all because of embracing faith in Jesus Christ".
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