ISIS operations are not carried out in Sri Lanka and the Government has taken adequate measures to prevent foreign terrorist organizations from making use of Sri Lanka, the Minister of Law and Order and Southern Development Sagala Ratnayaka confirmed to Parliament yesterday.
Creating a religious dialogue and awareness with the co-ordination of Muslim politicians, religious leaders, Ministry of Education, Department of Muslim Religious and Cultural Affairs and civil organizations such as All Ceylon Jamiyathul Ulma (ACJU) and National Shoora Council are the key measures the Government has taken in order to dissuade the Muslim community from joining in extremist activities.
According to the Minister, necessary action is now underway with the assistance of teachers as well as parents to represent all the communities at schools. Supervision of the immigration and emigration system for identified extremists in the country and people who return from countries known for terrorism after engaging in foreign education, occupations or other activities is also a measure properly in place. Adding more to the list, the Government has also prevented the propaganda spread of extremist ideas though social media, and taken proper measures against this by deactivating accounts that spread ISIS ideas, as well as taking legal action against any lecturers or institutions who propagate such extremist ideas.