Signatories include Maha Nayake of the Asgiriya Chapter, Ven. Udugama Sri Buddharakkitha Thera; Maha Nayake of the Malwatte Chapter, Ven. Thibbotuwawe Sumangala Thera; Maha Nayake of the Amarapura Chapter, Ven. Dawuldena Gnanissara Thera; and Maha Nayake of the Ramanna Chapter, Ven. Naapane Premasiri Thera.
He continued: “Minister of External Affairs, G.L. Peiris, briefed us that UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay’s report was based on two conditions: That human rights violations had taken place in Sri Lanka and that there was no religious reconciliation in the country. We feel that this report is biased. Sri Lanka has become a scapegoat for global political agendas. This is not because of an internal issue. We request the UNHRC to not poke fingers into the affairs of our small island nation.”
The Thera said further: “There are certain ministers and government insiders who publicly oppose the government’s stand regarding the UNHRC. One example is Minister of National Languages and Social Integration, Vasudeva Nanayakkara, and the other is former Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in Geneva, Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka.
Even though we disagree with Minister of Justice Rauff Hakeem’s actions, we also agree that all other Muslims live in harmony in Sri Lanka’s society. Although certain bishops of the Christian and Catholic Churches have expressed views antithetical to the government, Archbishop of the Catholic Church, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith is very much on the side of the powers that be. Rightfully, Ranjith should right now be in discussion with us.”
By Niranjala Ariyawansha