Attacks on places of worship are isolated incidents

Religous violence  The Government insisted today that attacks on some places of worship are isolated incidents and are not a sign of religious hatred or intolerance.

In a statement at the interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Freedom or Religion or Belief, Heiner Beilefeldt at the 25th session of the UN Human Rights Council, the Sri Lankan delegation said that the Government does not condone attacks of places of religious worship.

The Sri Lankan delegation said that in all instances where police complaints have been lodged, the legal process has been set in motion, including producing suspects before Magistrates.

“More broadly, in keeping with Sri Lanka’s societal, cultural and historical norms, regular dialogue continues to take place at various levels to ensure interfaith harmony and understanding amongst its diverse populace,” Sri Lanka told the UNHRC at the session today.

The Sri Lankan delegation said that the country is home to a multi-ethnic and multi-religious community where the people have co-existed harmoniously for centuries.

The delegation added that all people in Sri Lanka enjoy freedom of religion, including the freedom to adopt a religion or belief of their choice. (Colombo Gazette)

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