The National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka (NCEASL) has recorded at least 20 anti-Christian incidents happening in Sri Lanka already in 2017. Attacks on Christians and their places of worship are often perpetrated by the country’s radical Buddhist nationalists who see Sri Lanka as a Buddhist nation and non-Buddhists as a foreign threat. Among the attacks reported by NCEASL was an attack on a church in May where a mob of over 2,000 protested the operation of a church in Devinuwara.
06/06/2017 Sri Lanka (Asia News) – The National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka (NCEASL), an umbrella movement for Evangelical Churches, has reported at least 20 anti-Christian incidents, as well as other attacks against Muslims and other groups so far this year.
In view of this, the National Peace Council (NPC) has complained that no one has been arrested in connection with the violence.
The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) has joined its voice, calling on President Maithripala Sirisena to order the Ministry of Law and Order and the General Inspector of Police to take all the necessary action to deal with criminals and those who instigate religious hatred.
In recent months, the NCEASL has recorded 20 cases of anti-Christian violence, including attacks against Christian places of worship.
“Since the current government took office in 2015, over 190 incidents of religious violence against churches, clergy and Christians have been recorded,” the group noted in a press release.
In one such incident, on 18 May, about 30 Buddhist monks and a crowd of 2,000 people staged a protest against a Christian place of worship in Devinuwara (Matara district).”
“Freedom of religion or belief is a fundamental right guaranteed by the Sri Lankan Constitution,” the Evangelical association said. This is why it is “vital for the government to speedily stop the current situation and address attacks against minorities in order to ensure the integrity of its reconciliation efforts.”