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Religious Unrest Continues in Sri Lanka

An attack was launched by a Buddhist mob against a Mosque in Colombo on Saturday August 10th 2013, just one day after Muslims celebrated “Eid Ul Fitr”. At least 12 people were injured in scuffles that broke out during the siege. The reason for the attack was based on the claim that the new three-storey structure on […]

The eviction of slum dwellers from Colombo in the near future.

After the conclusion of the war in 2009, the government began a process of development that included equipping Colombo with major infrastructure and tourist attractions.

 

As there was a need for prime land in and around the city of Colombo, slum dwellers were evicted overnight in some areas, leaving them homeless and without access to their livelihood activities.

 

In a press release in the Sunday Times of 9th October, 2011, the Centre for Policy Alternatives had estimated that approximately 60,000 families will be evicted as a result of this new development strategy.

 

The Secretariat for Muslims intends to advocate on behalf of the evictees to ensure that they have access to decent alternative accommodation. The SFM also envisages establishing an early warning system that would enable potential evictees to be aware of events in the offing that could render them both homeless and without their livelihoods.

 

The SFM together with its partners will endeavour to ensure that the negotiations between the residents who are to be relocated and the government will have parity and be firmly based on current market rates.

 

The SFM will also conduct research to identify criteria that contribute to vulnerability and the numbers that would be affected if the government proceeds in the current manner.