By our Reporter
(London) Since the rise of Buddhist Neo fascists in Sri Lanka, millions of pounds worth property belonging to the Minority Muslims has been destroyed and scores of people been killed including a child with a sword. Consequently Lord Nazir Ahmed has tabled written questions in the House of Lords as well as raised concerns on the floor of the House.
The Lord Ahmed in his recent speech in Parliament asked Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the Bodu Bala Sena (Buddhist power force) in Sri Lanka. He raised an issue of extra judicial killings of Muslims in Srilanka and also highlighted the nationalist Buddhist groups which also included the organisation of Bodu Bala Sena respectively.
In response to the questions of Lord AHMED, The RT Hon Baroness Warsi PC on behalf of Her Majesty’s Government expressed deep concerns in her recent Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Human Rights and democracy report. She mentioned that our High Commissioner to Colombo had discussed these matters with members of the Government of Srilanka. We have encouraged early actions to promote peaceful co-existence between all communities, noting the importance of ensuring any acts of violence, intimidation or threats are thoroughly investigated and those responsible will be brought to justice. Furthermore, she explained that our high commission in Colombo also met with the representatives of the Bodu Bala Sena last year in order to discuss the organisation’s activities and religious tensions in Srilanka. During the meetings, British officials expressed concerns at attacks directed at Muslims and other minority religious communities.
Lord Ahmed called on Her majesty’s Government to ban the Buddhist leader Mr Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara from entering the Uk , the Home office Minister Lord Taylor of Holbeach said that the application of a visa for Mr Gnanasara would be considered in accordance with immigration rules. The home office has taken into account the “Prevent Strategy” which stated that under the Unacceptable behaviours policy which prevents a cross section of extremists from entering the UK, Mr Gnanasara’ s visa application would be considered accordingly. Lord Taylor states that “Coming to the Uk is a privilege we refuse to extend to those who would subvert our shared values”.