Impartial investigations into anti-Muslim attacks a must – ICJ

The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) is urging the Sri Lankan government to conduct independent and impartial investigations to bring all responsible for anti- Muslim attacks to justice.

Issuing a statement yesterday (15), the ICJ condemned the series of attacks against the Muslim community and stressed that the Government must act to protect religious minorities.

“The fact that Sri Lanka has a history of serious violations of human rights of religious minorities makes it even more urgent that the Government act to safeguard the human rights of all persons and take immediate measures to protect members of religious minorities from further violence,” it said.

The ICJ urges the Government to send a clear public message that acts of violence against any religious minorities are not tolerated.

“Given the recurring patterns of mob violence against religious minorities in Sri Lanka, a handful of arrests will not suffice. It must be followed up by independent and impartial investigations and, where warranted, prosecutions as part of an effective preventive strategy to counter such collectively organized violence,” it added.

The ICJ further pointed out that Sri Lankan government must take appropriate security measures in response to the worst terror attack in recent years and ensure that the volatile situation is not made worse by inaction to prevent anti-Muslim violence.