Case No. 30/2017: “Supreme Court of the Russian Federation”
ACT ON Jehovah’s Witnesses
On November 10, 2017 an Act of International Approval is issued to the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka, especially to the Buddhist Judge Sisira de Abrew, because on May 29, 2015 in a legal case concerning violent attacks of Buddhist Bhikkhus against Jehovah’s Witnesses it has been recorded that this Christian religion is composed of very kind people and that their publications are not against Buddhism, which is a legal and spiritual position that is very similar to the Ethical Judgment made by the Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights about the Jehovah’s Witnesses who are persecuted by the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation.
The Jehovah’s Witnesses‘ community in Sri Lanka has suffered multiple physical attacks, threats and mistreatment on the part of violent Bhikkhus belonging to extremist groups of False Buddhism, similar to the Islamophobic group that recently invaded UN offices in order to attack refugee women and children belonging to the Rohingya People. The hostile conducts toward the Jehovah’s Witnesses lack police protection to minority religious groups, so that there is intolerance and impunity on the part of the Bhikkhus who attack them. In this sense, by violating both the Buddhist Law and the Sri Lankan Constitutional Law, the Buddhist Bhikkhus have falsely denounced several members of the Jehovah’s Witnesses because of their beliefs, causing the Sri Lankan police to make arbitrary detentions along with torture or physical and psychological mistreatment.
The Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights confirms that this immoral and illegal behavior on the part of Buddhist Bhikkhus not only violates the Buddhist Law and the Sri Lankan Constitutional Law, but it also violates the International Human Rights Law, so that it is approved that the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka decides to listen to the Jehovah’s Witnesses who are victims of these violations of Buddhist Ethics and of the fundamental freedoms. The Sri Lankan judicial system must investigate and sanction those cases of police passivity, even though there are Buddhist Bhikkhus who do nothing but destroy the cultural legacy of Master Gautama through the practice of a Violent False Buddhism. At the same time, the police must intervene to help victims of human rights violations, never allowing physical violence like that one denounced by Niroshan Silva. To follow the Path of Master Gautama and honor the ancient Buddhist Civilization system which existed in Sri Lanka, justice must prevail in any place and time, especially protecting the human right to freedom of religion and conscience.
The Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights is once again at the disposal of Sri Lankan authorities to help them solve the problem of intolerance and discrimination that is spreading violently within certain groups of Bhikkhus who are betraying the Buddhist Law and the peaceful coexistence in Sri Lanka. In this way, it is requested to prosecute and condemn all those who violate the human rights of Jehovah’s Witnesses as well as other religious communities. Intimidation and violence must cease immediately, to give way to the happening of conciliation and solidarity. The Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights expects Sri Lankan courts to enforce both the human rights treaties and the Constitution and Law of such beautiful country, protecting the supreme right to Peace and Spirituality. The defense of liberty, equality and fraternity is to enforce the mission of the Buddha-Dharma-Sangha created by Siddharta Gautama 2600 years ago.
Always with spirit of reconciliation (maitri),
Master Maitreya Samyaksambuddha
President and Spiritual Judge of the International Buddhist Ethics Committee and Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights