The Government will bring in new laws to stop religious and ethnic violence if needed, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said today.
Mr. Wickremesinghe in a special statement to the media said, this would be done in line with the policy of this government and the pledge given by President Maithripala Sirisena when he was elected to office in 2015.
“The cabinet decision was made to ensure religious and ethnic harmony in the country and to re-ensure this policy of the government,” he said.
“We have informed the police to take action against those who have attacked Islamic places of worship and business establishments which belong to Muslims, and also to arrest those who are engaged in religious and ethnic violence. We have not stopped taking action against such persons. The country’s reputation has been damaged in the past and we don’t want that to happen again,” the Prime Minister said.
“I am proud to be a Sinhalese, a Buddhist and a Sri Lankan. However, I respect all religious, ethnic groups, and different cultures. We cannot be good Sri Lankans if we do not respect all religious, ethnic groups and different cultures in this country,” he added.
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Comments - 20
Citizen Ash Thursday, 15 June 2017 05:41 PM
still cant get BBS thug All talk only via DM Android App
rasheed Thursday, 15 June 2017 10:45 AM
You don't have to implement any new law, just remove the Minister of Justice and the IGP.
daham Wednesday, 14 June 2017 06:34 PM
But the problem Mr. Prime Minister is that the extremists of other ethnic and religious community don't think this way. What steps the govt. going to take against them simultaneously?
GENIUS Thursday, 15 June 2017 08:20 PM
ITS AN APPEASEMENT FOR THE TIME BEING BUT NOT A FIRM SOLUTION FOR THE BURNING (SETTING FIRE TO MINORITIES SHOPS AND WORHIPPING PLACES) PROBLEM OF THE COUNTRY . via DM Android App
concern Wednesday, 14 June 2017 06:40 PM
"If needed" That means it is not needed at present when incidents are happening at present.
ANTON Wednesday, 14 June 2017 06:41 PM
NOT IF NEEDED, IT IS A MUST.
ceylon Thursday, 15 June 2017 08:28 PM
srilanka had only one leaderhe is oremadasa.he stoped jvp terrorism.half way to stop ltte.implimented great development projects.tday idiots must follow his example. via DM Android App
Mr. Perfect Wednesday, 14 June 2017 07:43 PM
There are so many laws in this country that the general public does not know any of the laws nor adhere to them.
Kamal Wednesday, 14 June 2017 07:48 PM
With two weaklings who don't trust each other at the helm, no amount of laws is going to stop indiscipline and violence.
Herath Wednesday, 14 June 2017 08:05 PM
Please introduce one to jail those who don't uphold local govt election laws
JAN Wednesday, 14 June 2017 08:09 PM
Yes promptly immediately to Day light robbery at CB Bond scandal Air Lanka Scandal CPC Hedging FM Scandal CB involved Finance Companies Scandal N Railway Scandal please inquire immediately into this Mass Scale corruptions via DM Android App
victor Wednesday, 14 June 2017 09:38 PM
the Law is created this country to manage by ministers of low education if they cannot solve any problems they will engaged yellow robes to create problems we never had this type of problems years back
Fool Donkey Wednesday, 14 June 2017 09:41 PM
PM can you please tell where is the arrest warrant for Ganasara? we all know that in the news arrest warrant was issued. But BBS says no arrest warrant. Why you all are lieying to the public and fooling us everytime?. This is more than enough of yahapalanaya is leading for defeat in near future and there is no doubt about it
Anapekshitha Wednesday, 14 June 2017 10:38 PM
This is a caretaker government and that may run another two and half years until a firm government to be established by the people. Till that it is good to take action to have trouble free years ahead.
ceylon Wednesday, 14 June 2017 11:11 PM
how many times said these during last 3 months .drunken talks. via DM Android App
ceylon Wednesday, 14 June 2017 11:16 PM
if minority abusing happen like these in singaporesuch criminals put to jail for 20 years and 30 strokes from cane for destroying peace and economy. via DM Android App
TONY Wednesday, 14 June 2017 11:44 PM
LAWS ALONE DO NOT CHANGE THE MENTALITY OF THE MAJORITY PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY. ALL POLITICIANS SHOULD FROM NOW ON ADDRESS AS SRI LANKANS AND ASK ALL TO RESPECT EVERY RELIGION. BAN BBS IT IS AN ETHNIC PARTY
firstname.lastname@example.org Thursday, 15 June 2017 12:30 AM
MR.P/M RANIL, DONT USE THE WORD 'IF' IT IS TIME TO IMPLEMENT THE LAW URGENTLY , IF NOT THIS COUNTRY DEFINITELY GO BACK TO ANOTHER 30 YEARS SET BACK IF LOOTERS AND RACIST AGAINST THE MINORITY TAKE THE LAW TO THEIR HANDS TO MAKE VIOLENCE IN THE COUNTRY.. ITS NOT THE TIME FOR WAITING. DO YOU ANT ANOTHER BLACK JULY?
Sunil Thursday, 15 June 2017 05:38 AM
Introducing new laws when they cannot implement the existing ones. All this is just loose talk and only talk. Stop uttering nonsense and arrest the perpetrators of the ethnic violence that took place during the last few weeks, just to show how serious you are.
Address Thursday, 15 June 2017 02:00 PM
oppression by majority on minority need to be addressed.
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