The European Union expresses concern on communal violence in Sri Lanka

The European Union expresses concern on communal violence in Sri Lanka

16 May 2019 09:03 am

The Delegation of the European Union (EU) expressed concerned about the recent incidents of communal violence that have occurred following the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks.
The EU delegation has issued a statement on recent communal violence expressing their distress in agreement with the Embassies of France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Romania and the UK High Commission, as well as the Embassies of Norway and Switzerland.
  
The EU welcome  the arrests made in connection with the violence, and call on the Government to ensure that the rule of law is upheld and that the law is applied equally to all instigators and perpetrators of communal violence.
 
Many European countries have experienced terror attacks and hate crimes in recent years. We understand the toll it takes on communities and the possible long-term repercussions such incidents could have on a country's social fabric.
 
Clear leadership as well as the wholesale rejection of hate and violence are of paramount importance, and we encourage the Government to take all appropriate measures to reassure all citizens that it will protect and uphold their safety and their rights.
 
The EU called on political, religious and other community leaders to continue to speak out against violence and all those inciting unrest and distrust and to make every effort to promote understanding and harmony between communities. 
 
The EU delegation also noted the responsibility of the media and the country's citizens in ensuring that misinformation does not spread and lead to more incidents of violence