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Northern Provincial Council offers protection to Rohingya refugees attacked by Buddhist extremists

The Northern Provincial Council has offered refuge and protection to Rohingya refugees currently being held in Boosa detention centre.

In a proposal brought by NPC member M. K. Sivajilingam on Thursday, the Council condemned the attack on the refugees by Buddhist extremists.

The 31 Rohingya had been rescued near the coast of Kankesanthurai and presented to the Mallakam court, before being taken to a UN safehouse in Mount Lavinia, a suburb of Colombo, which was then stormed by a mob led by Sinhala Buddhist monks.

The Council members decided that shelter could be offered to the refugees in the Northern Province, where the Council would also guarantee their safety.