Sri Lankan authorities have arrested (taken in to custody) seven people, together with a minimum of one Buddhist monk, suspected of storming a United Nations protected home for Rohingya Muslim refugees last week.
Monk Akmeenmana Dayaratana & another suspect have been arrested (taken in to custody) Mon. & ordered to stay behind bars until no less than Oct. 9, stated cops officers spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara. He stated the opposite 5 suspects have been arrested (taken in to custody) & remanded over the weekend.
They’re accused of being amongst dozens of protesters from Sri Lanka’s majority Buddhist community, together with monks, who stormed a protected home on the outskirts of Colombo where 31 Rohingya Muslims who fled Myanmar, together with 17 kids, had been living since arriving within the country in Apr.. The- monks claimed the refugees have been terrorists & demanded they be returned to Myanmar, prompting cops officers to move the refugees to another location.
Video published on Fb by a nationalist group, the Sinhala National Movement, shows protesters calling Rohingya?”terrorists who killed Buddhists in Myanmar” & saying in that they can not live in Sri Lanka.
The workplace of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees stated in a news source release in that it was alarmed by the attack. Sri Lankan authorities leaders additionally condemned it, describing it as a “shameful act,” & calling for robust action against the perpetrators.
Sri Lanka Buddhists make up 70 % of the island’s 20 million people, while Muslims account for 10 %.
Greater than half-a-million Rohingya have fled from the region to Bangladesh in just over a month, making it the most noteworthy refugee crisis to hit Asia in decades. The- newest violence started when a Rohingya insurgent group started deadly assaults on safety posts Aug. 25, prompting Myanmar’s military to launch “clearance operations.”
Rohingya have long confronted persecution & discrimination in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, where the authorities denies them citizenship & considers them unlawful immigrants. Extremist Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka have ties with their counterparts in Myanmar & monks in both countries have been accused of leading assaults on minority Muslims.