Statement by the NCEASL on the Recent Violence against Muslim Communities

 

The NCEASL is deeply saddened by the ongoing attacks on Muslim communities in Kurunegala, Gampaha, and the Puttalam districts. The violent mob attacks targeting mosques, Muslim-owned businesses and homes have left our country in a state of shock and polarized communities further. The violence unleashed by extremist elements upon our own citizens is abhorrent, atrocious, and worthy of condemnation in the strongest possible manner by all peace- loving people of Sri Lanka.

We are extremely troubled that some of the incidents were reportedly perpetrated by mobs during police curfew. We call upon the government, therefore, to carry out a thorough investigation into the attacks. We also urge the police and the security forces to arrest the prevailing situation and bring all those responsible to justice.

Further, we request the authorities to speedily compensate the losses suffered by these communities and take proactive action to prevent any further violence. Following the Easter Sunday attacks, the leadership of the Catholic and Evangelical Christian community called for restraint and compassion, extending even forgiveness to
the perpetrators of the attacks. Echoing these sentiments, the NCEASL calls upon the public now to refrain from engaging in hateful discourse, turn away from violence and work towards de-escalating tensions in our country.

Let us transcend hate, fear and suspicion toward one another and make every effort in compassion and love to understand, reconcile, and move forward together as one nation. Let us especially consider those feeling vulnerable, afraid, and marginalized during this time, extending to them our solidarity and support in the aftermath of these senseless acts of violence.

Finally, we call upon the National Church to pray for wisdom for our leaders and peace and calm in our nation as we navigate through these troubled times.

Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people. Proverbs 14:34.

ENDS.
14/05/2019.

 

 

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