Inside Story

What is triggering communal violence in Sri Lanka?

Muslims say they are being systematically targeted by the Sinhalese Buddhist majority.

A nationwide state of emergency is being enforced in Sri Lanka to prevent attacks on Muslims. Buddhist mobs set fire to homes and businesses, killing a young Muslim.

The riots followed the death of a Sinhalese truck driver.

The unrest is a repeat of rioting four years ago, and, since then, there has been rising tension between communities.

A varied mix of ethnicities and religions make their home on the island, where a 26-year-long civil war ended in 2009.

What will it take to end the recurrent religious friction, long-term?

Presenter: Richelle Carey


Thyagi Ruwanpathirana legal adviser and human rights activist

Gehan Gunatilleke Legal Director, Verite Research in Sri Lanka

Alan Keenan Senior Analyst and Sri Lanka Project Director, International Crisis Group