Noting what it called a serious lapse in security and calling for an impartial inquiry into the Easter Sunday bombings, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference in Sri Lanka (CBSL) declared that there should be only one set of laws for the entire country.
“The Government has acknowledged the serious lapse in security which has caused this unprecedented destruction to life, limb and property. Legal action should be taken against all those who are responsible for this dastardly act. At the same time, the CBSL expects from the Government to conduct an impartial inquiry to find out who the real culprits are behind this kind of extremist ideology and bring them before the law without delay,” the CBSL said in a statement.
Having reviewed the prevailing situation in the country at its plenary meeting held from 7 to 9 May, the Conference has called for a single set of laws that it says should be enforced on everyone irrespective of creed, caste, colour or religion.
“The people will experience peace and true freedom only when truth and justice are restored. This is a time to forget political differences and selfish gains and think about the security of the country and our dear people,” the Bishops said in their statement.
Signed by CBSL President Rt. Rev. Dr. J Winston S. Fernando and Secretary General Rt. Rev. Dr. Valence Mendis, the statement went on to say that it appreciated the prudent and restrained response of the people as witnessed in the aftermath of the attack.
“As people of one country, we need to accept one another and respect the uniqueness of each religion eschewing any form of extremism. Violence can never be accepted in the name of religion. We cherish the religions we belong to. Inter-religious harmony and peaceful coexistence have to be safeguarded at any cost to protect this island nation,” it added.