Two prominent United Nations Special Advisers called on Sri Lanka government authorities for an end to hateful attacks” directed towards the country’s Muslim minority in retaliation for the deadly Easter terror.
“It is in the interest of all ethnic and religious groups in Sri Lanka, as well as the Government, the opposition, civil society and the security sector, they made an appeal to every one to work collaboratively in taking appropriate action and immediately stop these hateful attacks”.
This appeal was made by Adama Dieng, UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, and Karen Smith, UN Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect, in a joint statement .
Since the 21 April suicide bombings, there has been a spate of attacks against Muslim and Christian communities in the country.
Recalling their recent statements against violent extremism and hate speech , the UN Advisors acknowledged and welcomed the swift response of the Government, including by deploying the security forces to protect affected communities and addressing the spread of false information and incitement to violence.
They also encouraged the Government to fully investigate these and other similar attacks and bring to justice those responsible for instigating or committing these violent acts.
Mr. Dieng and Ms. Smith urged the Government to show that it “will not tolerate the spread of prejudice and hate among groups within its population” at both the national and local levels, by putting an end to local discriminatory practices that perpetuate religious intolerance and violence.
They both offered their support to work with the Government on inter-faith, inter-religious peace and harmony.