US envoy calls for arrests in attacks on places of worship in Sri Lanka
ECONOMYNEXT – The United States envoy to Sri Lanka has called for the arrest of those responsible for attacks against religious places of worship, the most recent of which were attacks on mosques.
“Despite the recent spate of attacks on mosques and Muslim-owned businesses, I applaud that the Sri Lankan Muslim community has remained peaceful, constructive and resilient,” US Ambassador Atul Keshap said.
Attacks against religious places of worship are “reprehensible”, whether in Sri Lanka, in the United States of America or anywhere around the world, he said in remarks in eastern Batticaloa at an iftar, the evening meal when Muslims end their daily Ramadan fast, held by the US Embassy.
Keshap said he believes that those who spread hatred offend not just the good nature of human beings, but violate the human rights that all should enjoy.
“To preserve rule of law, harmony, religious freedom, tolerance and mutual respect, it is imperative that anybody engaging in such acts of violence should be arrested and brought to trial,” Keshap said.
The Muslim community in Sri Lanka forms an integral part of the island’s rich cultural heritage, he said.
“Muslims have been here for many centuries and have been contributing to the prosperity and happiness of this country.”
(COLOMBO, June 21, 2017)