Bangor University student has deportation order lifted at eleventh hour

A Sri Lankan Bangor University student has had her deportation rescinded by the UK’s Immigration minister after a last ditch meeting with her MP finally forced a U-turn. Plaid Cymru’s Hywel Williams announced the decision late this evening that Shiromini Satkunarajah and her mother Roshina were being released immediately from Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre …

Buddhist mobs burn Muslim homes, businesses in Sri Lanka

A curfew is in place in the central district of Kandy, where crowds from the Buddhist Sinhala majority attacked a mosque, Muslim-owned shops and homes. “Four mosques, 37 houses, 46 shops and 35 vehicles damaged in Digana and Teldeniya area due to the mob attack,” a local official told the BBC. “Everything is destroyed. Muslims …

Sri Lanka’s Muslims face an angry backlash after Easter Sunday attacks

Hundreds of Muslims are in hiding after fleeing the Sri Lankan port city of Negombo as communal tensions rise in the aftermath of the deadly Easer Sunday bombings. The bombings, which killed 359 people and injured 500, shattered the relative calm that has existed in Buddhist-majority Sri Lanka since a civil war against mostly Hindu, ethnic Tamil separatists …

Muslim shops in Sri Lanka attacked as tensions remain after Easter Sunday bombings

Violence erupted in a Sri Lankan town bombed on Easter Sunday after a largely Catholic mob attacked Muslim-owned shops and a vehicle — prompting church authorities to call for calm and no further hostilities against Muslims in the area. A minor riot broke out Sunday in Porutota village near Negombo after a dispute between a …

Sri Lanka expels 200 Muslim clerics after Easter bombings

Sri Lanka has expelled 200 Muslim clerics after the suicide bombings that killed hundreds on Easter Sunday. With churches closed again on May 5 amid the heightened security since Islamist bombers struck services and three luxury hotels, a minister said that 600 foreign nationals who had overstayed their visas had been expelled. Among them were 200 Muslim clerics. …

Sri Lanka blocks social media after worst anti-Muslim unrest since Easter bombings

Sri Lanka temporarily blocked some social media networks and messaging apps, including Facebook and WhatsApp, after attacks on mosques and Muslim-owned businesses in the worst unrest since Easter bombings by Islamist militants. The island nation has ramped up security as fears grow that minority Muslims among its population of 22 million could face sectarian violence after …

Sri Lanka presidential election: buses carrying Muslim voters attacked

Buses transporting Muslims to cast their ballots in Sri Lanka’s presidential election have been attacked by gunfire, fuelling fears that minorities are being targeted to stop them from voting. Police officials confirmed that the buses, which were carrying hundreds of Muslim residents from the north-west town of Puttalam, were hit on Saturday morning when attackers …

Muslims face extra threat as coronavirus stirs hate

Sri Lanka makes cremations compulsory for COVID-19 victims, but Muslims and activists urge authorities to allow burials. The grief-stricken family of Zubair Fathima Rinosa in Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo is demanding justice and explanation after tests, released two days after her body had been cremated, showed that the 44-year-old Muslim woman did not die from COVID-19, …

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