The European Union (EU) today emphasized the importance of the Sri Lankan Government and the Police to ensure that there is no impunity for hate crimes in the country.
EU Ambassador to Sri Lanka Tung-Laï Margue said it was important that religious communities are at the forefront of efforts to promote understanding and oppose the spreading of hate.
"Sri Lankans know all too well the consequences of religious and ethnic hatred. These reprehensible actions are intended to sow discord at a time when national reconciliation and tolerance is moving forward,” he said.
He expressed these views after visiting Dewatagaha Mosque in Colombo to meet leaders of the Muslim community.
Apart from the EU Ambassador, the Heads of Missions of Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, Norway, South Africa and Switzerland together with other diplomatic representatives today visited the mosque.
Issuing a statement, the EU Delegation said the visit followed in the wake of attacks on mosques and businesses owned by people in the community.
The ambassadors expressed their solidarity and welcomed the clear condemnation for these hate crimes from President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
They emphasised the importance of the rule of law and called for prompt action to ensure that the perpetrators of these crimes were swiftly brought to justice. (By Thilanka Kanakarathna)
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Calude Peries Thursday, 1 June 2017 18:23
The People in the south is suffering and dead . No word of console or support from these guys . But very active for reconciliation and constitution making . Please , please you look after the Mess in Europe and the Brexit and the refugees etc etc . Also stop killing people in Syria , Iraq and Libiya
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dilip Thursday, 1 June 2017 20:47
Mr.Peries,you just hit the nail on the correct spot.Since of late every one wants to pork them selves in to Srilankan affairs.Our leaders are spine less.They are so quite when the country is criticized.America and the EU tried the same pranks with Philippines and their iPresident gave them tighet.
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Sincere Thursday, 1 June 2017 20:45
Sri Lanka is a sovereign nation. We do not need EU to put conditions on us or leave any room for EU to put any conditions on us!
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malik Friday, 2 June 2017 11:42
The same that applies here, Should equally apply to the Muslims in USA< and EU nations, As we all have seen the rise of hate crimes in those nations, which result in death in some cases.
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Chamara Karunaratne Thursday, 1 June 2017 21:08
These people from west give a wrong sense of comfort and protection to the grieving parties to get what they want from the govt and to pressure for their (EU ) gains. Then mislead them and instigate . After which the minorities suffer . Exact happened with Tamils and LTTE . They blundered in Libya by bombing them and same for Syria . But in Egypt they bought in a military leader . Now they are try to arouse the Muslim community .
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Senewi Thursday, 1 June 2017 21:22
We know how the west is trying to destroy Muslim people in the middle east.In the western countries even you don't allow Muslim women to wear burka
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Aussie Thursday, 1 June 2017 21:24
President,please never give an opportunity to raise the ugly head of hate crime inciters. If you let them lose, they will do bigger damage to the country and there by again the international public will treat us as barbarians and stop all assistance to Sri Lanka. We have to be very careful of charlatans in robes.
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ananda Friday, 2 June 2017 10:15
Very rightly the embassys have requested the government to take swift action against the perpetrators as the inaction of the police have made the situation bad. via DM Android App
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COMMENTS Friday, 2 June 2017 11:57
It is heartening to note that the disheartening comments given above have been voted thumbs down.
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nopolitics Friday, 2 June 2017 12:09
Why visit only one community? is this the so-called reconciliation preached by western countries? Isn't this being biased?
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mnsmart Friday, 2 June 2017 15:43
That particular community got affected in the recent times
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EU Friday, 2 June 2017 16:19
Bcoz the minorities are suppressed by the extremist and the robbers. So you want them to reconcile the terrorist?
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Dee Friday, 2 June 2017 15:49
A bit rich coming from the countries where islamophobic attacks have gone through the roof in recent years (now thousands) ...Get your house in order EU before preaching on minor matters in SL.
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SL patriot Friday, 2 June 2017 20:32
Mind your own country business EU...you guys are always porking fingers in other small nations...big Empires are the countries who destroy the whole world.
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POINT OF VIEW Saturday, 3 June 2017 13:59
OK - wonder whether we would have had our excellent (interconnecting) road system or even our railways. Also the use of this language for such comments ! ! Thanks to this language we are able to understand . maintain ,operate high tech equipment (in all important fields) for the benefit of the country.
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Sunil Saturday, 3 June 2017 11:45
Perpetrators of these crimes are still at large.
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