Rights of peoples and rights of women / Anti-Muslim wave of attacks in Sri Lanka
2 to 8 March
DIGEST OF ARTICLES ON RIGHTS OF PEOPLES AND RIGHTS OF WOMEN
- New Internationalist: A decade of resistance behind Iranian bars
- Huffington Post: The stories of women that white feminism forgot
- Le Monde Diplomatique: Les laissés-pour-compte du miracle indien. Ces femmes qui reprennent en main l’agriculture
- Pikara Magazine: Huelga feminista, desde Euskal Herria hasta Ecuador
- El País: Nuestras tierras: ¿quién las tiene? Latifundio, poder y discriminación de las mujeres rurales en Costa Rica
- Cimac Noticias: “Mujeres que luchan” inicia mañana en Chiapas
- El Diario: “Las feministas negras no estamos al margen de la huelga, sino que hemos decidido seguir otro rumbo”
- Catorze: Terra de Ningú. La República catalana serà feminista o no serà?
- Hemisfèria: Les dones valentes del Líban
A wave of anti-Muslim violence in Sri Lanka. Muslim individuals, their houses, shops and mosques have been the target of continued attacks on the part of Sinhala Buddhist groups since 26 February. An incident probably linked to a traffic accident in which four Muslims killed a Buddhist, and a false rumour about the poisoning of Buddhists in a restaurant run by a Muslim, has unleashed a wave of attacks against Muslims in Sri Lanka. First in Ampara, and afterwards, this week, in the central region of Kandy, where a Muslim was killed, having been burnt as a result of the attacks.
Country’s president Maithripala Sirisena has declared the state of emergency in order to deal with violence. The Human Rights Center of Sri Lanka has denounced “police inefficiency” in the face of the fact that attacking mobs have been organizing themselves through social networks.
Muslims account for almost 10% of the Sri Lankan population. Most of them are Sri Lankan Moors, or Sonakar, a Tamil-speaking people —but not of Tamil identity, Tamils being a different group of Hindu religion. Muslims are mostly concentrated on the east of the island, in the districts of Ampara and Batticaloa, although they are also settled all over the territory. Four years ago, another wave of Sinhala violence against Muslims killed at least four people.
Crisis Group analyst Alan Keenan has pointed out such attacks are “organized by national-level militant groups who are well known.” Current violence, Keenan has further said, “marks the resurgence of militant Buddhist groups that first emerged in 2012-2014 with the support of Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government.” Rajapaksa was the president of Sri Lanka at the time. Sinhala Buddhist extremist nationalism also played a prominent role in the 2014 attacks.
Vía Galega launched. The new Galician pro-sovereignty platform, which brings together 50 foundations and grassroots groups, has held its first public event 3 March in Santiago. Vía Galega intends to “create national consciousness” in order to exercise the “right to self-determination” of the Galician people in the future, according to what platform spokesman Suso Seixo has said in the launch. Seven foundations linked to Galician nationalism are found at the origin of the initiative.