JHU condemns US stand on anti-conversion bill

[TamilNet, Thursday, 04 August 2005, 17:10 GMT]
The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), all Buddhist monks' party in a letter to the United States Ambassador Mr.Jeffry Lunstead stated that "ultra fundamentalists group offer money and other financial benefits to our people and even the established Catholic and Christian Churches are against and have condemned these acts committed by these groups," and said that they are concerned by the statements of Deputy Secretary of State Christina Rocca. The letter also condemned the threats by the US Government to stop US aid funds to Sri Lanka.

Full text of the letter sent to the US embassy follows:

"We are deeply concerned about the recent statement made by your Deputy Secretary of State Ms. Christina Rocca with regard to the two Anti-Conversion Bills presented to the parliament of Sri Lanka one by our party and another by the Government. Your Government has threatened Sri Lanka with major consequences including termination of US funds if Parliament passes these bills on to law. We condemn this stand taken by your Government, as we believe your Government has no right to interfere in the internal affairs of the republic of Sri Lanka.

"The anti-conversion bill has become the most important issue in our country as there are attempts by many fundamentalists Christian groups operating in the pretext of social work to convert unethically our poor Buddhists and Hindu people to different sects of Christianity. These ultra fundamentalists groups offer money and other financial benefits to our poor people and even the established Catholic Church are against and have condemned these acts committed by these groups. Sri Lanka is a Buddhist country with 70% of its inhabitants practising the teachings of Lord Buddha. Article 09 of the Constitution of Sri Lanka very clearly states that Buddhism should be given the foremost place and the Republic should take all necessary steps to protect and foster Buddhism while assuring all other religions the right granted by Articles 10 and 14(1).

"We urge the Government of USA to honour and respect the Constitution of Sri Lanka. We believe your Government's opinion is baseless as there would be no barrier to any individual to change his/her religion on their own will after these bills are passed. We are only prohibiting unethical conversions, which we sincerely believe is a punishable offence.

"We earnestly request your Government to conduct a fair evaluation of these bills and support the efforts to bring greater co-operation among the peace loving people of our country who for centuries practiced religious freedom with the blessing of Lord Buddha.

"Many of these fundamentalists Christian groups are of US origin and we have sufficient information to prove of unethical conversions, which has been taking place during the last two decades and have accelerated after the December Tsunami devastation.

"We should be glad to have an appointment from your Excellency to brief you in detail about the bill and our aspirations with regard to this issue."


Latest 15 Reports
05.07.20 23:06   Photo
University students, Shivajilingam brave SL harassment to commemorate fallen Black Tigers
04.07.20 22:28   Photo
Monk commanding Sinhala-Buddhicisation of North-East threatens Tamil villagers in Batticaloa
03.07.20 19:28   Photo
After Naavat-kuzhi, Colombo targets Poonakari for Sinhala colonisation across Jaffna lagoon
02.07.20 22:26  
Colombo imposes restrictions on Tamil valour related symbolism in schools of North
01.07.20 13:22  
New secret unit among four SL military and police squads competing to arrest Tamil youth in North
30.06.20 22:10  
Tamils blocked from accessing properties near SL Navy training base in Champoor, Trincomalee
29.06.20 23:29   Photo
Moragoda advising Gotabaya prompts Sinhala parties to scrap Provincial Councils
28.06.20 22:06  
India privileging BRIC/RIC over Quad ‘discordant’, says former US top diplomat
27.06.20 22:11  
Indo-Pacific expert wants US to seek opportunities in ‘Sri Lanka’
26.06.20 21:24  
Russia steps up influence on New Delhi to uphold “multilateralism” against US “rules-based order”
25.06.20 23:53  
Pompeo talks about US reposturing troops, mentions India, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia
24.06.20 23:36   Photo
Devananda circumvents court order, manipulates Jaffna fishers to allow poachers from South
23.06.20 22:03  
Sinhala encroachment of pastureland continues unabated in Batticaloa
22.06.20 18:17  
SLMC Chairman: Time for joint Tamil-Muslim efforts
21.06.20 23:11   Photo
Ex-councillor: Poverty-stricken Tamils at receiving end of SL military brutality in North
Find this article at: