Sri Lanka: Religious Freedom:Written question - HL6229

Asked on: 12 March 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Sri Lanka: Religious Freedom
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to work with the government of Sri Lanka to ensure that (1) a thorough investigation is conducted into the recent communal violence between Buddhist nationalists and the Muslim community in Digana and Teldeniya, in Kandy administrative district, Sri Lanka, and (2) the perpetrators are bought to justice.
Answered on: 26 March 2018

​I am concerned by the recent inter-communal violence in Sri Lanka and the Minister for Asia and the Pacific, the Rt Hon Mark Field MP, wrote to his counter-part Foreign Minister Marapana on 7 March setting out UK views. We support the Government of Sri Lanka's action in swiftly bringing the violence to an end and urge it to hold the perpetrators to account. It is vital that all leaders in Sri Lanka condemn violence and hate, and make every effort to promote harmony.

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