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Security of Sri Lankan Muslims extremely worrying – OIC envoys

Expressing their concern over the “developing situation” in the country, representatives of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) said yesterday (4) that the lives and livelihoods of Muslims are threatened by the prevailing conditions.

Issuing a joint statement, OIC envoys urged the Government to take “every measure necessary” to prevent communal violence spreading in the country.

“The Muslim community across Sri Lanka is deeply worried about the politically motivated intimidations and provocations which HE Maithripala Sirisena pointed out in his Iftar reception statement yesterday,” they said.

The representatives further said they seek swift, stern judicial action against the perpetrators despite religious and political influence in society.

“We all know that even the smallest incident in an isolated Sri Lankan village can be recorded and shared online for mass viewership, stocking widespread violence and counter-violence. And the ongoing divisive hate speech that demonises and excludes the other hardly helps remedy this grave situation, but worsens it,” they added.

The OIC envoys encourage all Sri Lankans to seek unity in diversity that underpins the attractiveness of Sri Lanka as a tolerant and peace-loving nation.

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