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Sri Lankan Muslims Fear Speaking Out as Crackdown on Dissent Rages on

by Humairaa Mayet

A Mosque in Colombo, Sri Lanka. 

Over the course of the past few years, Islamophobia has been on the rise in Sri Lanka.

Ever since the inauguration of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, many have noted that the crackdown on Muslims has increased dramatically. 


At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Muslims in the country were even forcibly cremated. 


Speaking to Salaamedia, Tasnim Nazeer delved into the anti-Muslim sentiments present in the South Asian country.

Muslims are currently facing abuse and harassments from Sri Lankans of other religious groups. Many have even received death threats on the basis of their religion.


Activists have stated that the government is actively attempting to silence any and all voices seeking to raise awareness around what Muslims in the country are forced to endure.

The oppression of Muslims in Sri Lanka is blatant, and it is likely that it will only worsen during the month of Ramadan. Certain Muslims in the country have even gone as far as considering migration to neighbouring countries.

Sri Lanka has undoubtedly turned into a hostile environment for Muslims, and a stigma has been created around the hijab and niqab.

Around the world, Muslims are facing massive amounts of strife and serious challenges. Islamophobia must be tackled and cut off at the source, or the conditions for Muslims around the world will only get worse and worse, said Nazeer.


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