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Sri Lanka: Increased marginalization, discrimination and targeting of Sri Lanka’s Muslim community

, Index number: ASA 37/3866/2021

The Sri Lankan government has taken several decisions recently that indicates and exacerbates a worrying trend of increased marginalization and targeting of Sri Lanka’s Muslim community. Amnesty International has recorded recent incidents of cabinet proposals, decisions, and government regulations that from the outset discriminates against the country’s Muslim minority community which make up approximately nine percent of Sri Lanka’s population. The incidents must be placed and understood in the wider context of discrimination against Muslims, forced cremations which have had a discriminatory impact on Muslim victims of COVID-19 for close to a year, and the anti-Muslim violence over consecutive years that pre-date the most recent incidents

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