ECONOMYNEXT – The Heads of Mission of the European Union and other developed countries that are key markets for Sri Lanka have demanded action against perpetrators of hate crimes on the minority Muslim community.
The call was made during a visit to a key mosque in the capital Colombo to meet leaders of the Muslim community after the spate of hate crimes.
They met leaders of the Muslim community during the visit to the Dewatagaha Mosque, an EU embassy statement said.
“The visit followed in the wake of attacks on mosques and businesses owned by people in the community,” it said.
“The ambassadors expressed their solidarity and welcomed the clear condemnation for these hate crimes from President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe,” the EU mission statement said.
“They emphasised the importance of the rule of law and called for prompt action to ensure that the perpetrators of these crimes were swiftly brought to justice.”
Taking part in the visit were the Heads of Mission of the European Union, Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, Norway, South Africa and Switzerland together with other diplomatic representatives.
"Sri Lankans know all too well the consequences of religious and ethnic hatred,” EU Ambassador Margue said.
“These reprehensible actions are intended to sow discord at a time when national reconciliation and tolerance is moving forward.
“It is important that the Government and the Police ensure that there is no impunity for hate crimes. It is important that religious communities are at the forefront of efforts to promote understanding and oppose the spreading of hate."
(COLOMBO, June 01, 2017)