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A new report has revealed details regarding the persecution of Christians in Sri Lanka. According to that report, government officials and institutions played an active role in supporting violence against Christians and other religious minorities in Sri Lanka over the past two decades despite different government taking power. The report went on further to explain that the Christian community in Sri Lanka, on average, faced an attack at least once a week for the past 20 years. Will this report help pave the way for positive change in Sri Lanka?  

06/24/2017 Sri Lanka (Christian Daily) – Local state officials and institutions in Sri Lanka support violence against Christians and other religious minorities, a Colombo-based think tank has found after analyzing data gathered by a Christian group over two decades.

After Verité Research’s analysis of the 972 cases of discrimination and violence gathered by the National Christian Evangelical Association of Sri Lanka, the think tank said the attacks against Christians continued even though the government leaders were different. It was also worth noting that local officials were implementing measures against churches despite the absence of a legal basis for this move, Economy Next noted.

The Ministry of Religious Affairs and Moral Upliftment reportedly implemented a circular that required “new places of worship” to be registered. Verité also noted that officials used this circular to shut down 39 existing churches even though the ministry was not authorized to regulate places of worship.

According to NCEASL, since January 2015, there were 190 recorded incidents of religiously motivated violence that targeted Christians and their churches. From 1994 to 2014, in as many as 175 incidents, a state institution or a state official was recorded as the main perpetrator of such attacks.

“The figure suggests that, for the past two decades, on average, an attack has taken place against a Christian person or group every week. This trend has continued despite repeated government changes during this period,” Verité remarked.

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