Rohingya refugees scuffle as they wait to receive aid in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh September 24, 2017. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton

Former Sri Lankan president’s party turns on Rohingya’s Muslim refugees

Sri Lanka’s Sinhala Buddhist extremists led by the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa have urged the government to deport Rohingya’s Muslim refugees who have sought asylum in the island.

Speaking in the Sri Lankan parliament today, Jayantha Samaraweera, an MP from Rajapaksa’s party urged the government to exercise extradiction laws against Rohingya’s Muslim refugees.

On Tuesday, a group of Sinhala Buddhist extremists led by Buddhist monks surrounded a UN safehouse in Colombo where Rohingya’s Muslim refugees were staying, forcing them to flee.

Speaking to Reuters during the mob attack, Akmeemana Dayarathne, a Sinhala Buddhist monk who led the mob, said: ‘These Rohingyans are a group of terrorists’.

The hostility expressed by Sinhala Buddhist extremists towards Rohingya’s Muslim refugees is in stark contrast to the compassion and solidarity expressed by Eelam Tamils towards them .