» 06/18/2012, 00.00
Melani Manel Perera
Monk beats Catholic boy because he could not name the Buddha's parents
The incident occurred in the Mahanama College Getambe in Kandy (Central Province). Amila, 13, bled in the left ear but without permanent damages. Despite a report being filed, police did not arrest anyone. Education Department rules say that students have a right to be taught their religion, and that schools have an obligation to provide religious courses for students of different faiths.
11/06/2009 SRI LANKA
Silent march through the streets of Colombo in defence of freedom of expression
The Sri Lanka Working Journalists Association leads march against the prevailing climate of intimidation; it accuses paramilitary groups of being responsible for violence against journalists. On 1 June journalist Poddala Jayantha, who works for Sinhalese-language news paper ‘Silumina’, was briefly seized and beaten.
11/05/2011 SRI LANKA
Christians should take part in ‘Vesak’ celebrations to boost ethnic reconciliation
Many Buddhist and Christian values are similar. Christian human rights activist Jehan Perera explains why Christians, Muslims and Hindus must take part in the celebrations marking the enlightenment of the Buddha.
21/05/2013 SRI LANKA
Sri Lankans to pray and celebrate during weeklong Vesak festival
Various ceremonies and cultural activities are scheduled for the 21-27 May festival, which marks Buddhism's most important religious event, the commemoration of the Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death.
Catechism for 80 thousand children in Ho Chi Minh City
In September, 200 courses begin in parishes across the city, with the fundamental contribution of 5 thousand young catechists who bring experience and enthusiasm. The cooperation and participation of parents.
17/05/2011 NEPAL – JAPAN
Nepal celebrates the Buddha’s birthday by honouring two Japanese with a peace award
Celebrations are held today in Lumbini, the Buddha’s birthplace. The mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki receive the Gautam Buddha International Peace Award for their action against the proliferation of nuclear weapons around the world.
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