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45 – Sri Lanka

SRI LANKA

#45
Region Asia
Leader President Maithripala Sirisena
Population 20 905 000
Christian 9.2%
Main Religion Buddhist
Government Republic
Rank 45
Score 55
Previous Rank -
Previous Score -

Officially, Sri Lanka is a secular state, however, its constitution puts Buddhism first and fosters Buddhism as state religion. This fact strengthens the Buddhist radicals’ power over religious minorities in the country, such as over the Christians. All Sinhalese are perceived to be Buddhist, thus both Tamil Christians and Sinhalese converts are treated as second-class citizens, looked at with suspicion and frequently slandered and attacked.

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