» 06/17/2014, 00.00
Melani Manel Perera
Radical Buddhists continue their violent attacks against Muslims
According to early reports, four people are dead, 91 injured, including a week-old baby. A mosque is destroyed, and scores of homes and shops are looted or torched. "We condemn the violence against our Muslim brothers," Christian religious leaders tell AsiaNews.
14/01/2014 SRI LANKA
Sri Lankan Buddhist radicals attack two independent Christian churches
Eight Buddhist monks were among the 24 people who carried out the attack. Police were unable to contain the mob, which destroyed buildings and burnt religious literature. According to the attackers, the two churches do not have the permit needed to remain open. Religious intolerance is growing against religious minorities.
19/02/2016 16:40:00 INDONESIA
Indonesia’s religious leaders to fight “LGBT propaganda”
Islamic, Catholic, Buddhist and Confucian leaders sign a joint statement calling for an end of violence against gay people but also reiterate their opposition to homosexual practices. For Islamic leader, stopping advertising by LGBT groups will help people get "back on track to normalcy.
14/01/2017 15:28:00 SRI LANKA
Buddhists destroy a church in Sri Lanka. Christians continue to pray under a tree
The Kithu Sevana prayer centre is located in a village in north-western Sri Lanka. However, religious services are performed by clergymen who come from other places. On 5 January, a Buddhist monk and a dozen thugs attacked the centre. The latter "do not accept that some families converted. They don’t realise the blessing they receive through prayer."
16/11/2016 17:34:00 SRI LANKA
Sri Lankan Christian and Muslim leaders agree to joint commitment to religious harmony
Leaders sign a ten-point initiative that includes, among other things, action to support and develop relations of friendship and respect for each other’s faith. Good relations between Christians and Muslims can be the prelude to harmony among all religious communities.
17/08/2012 SRI LANKA
Forty radical Buddhists attack Protestant clergyman and his wife in Matara
The attack occurred on 9 August in Deniyaya, southern Sri Lanka. President Rajapaksa's brother-in-law was present. The two, who belong to the Assembly of God Church, are accused of handing out Christian religious material in the area.
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