The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRC) has noted that a “dangerous national issue” has arisen in Sri Lanka as a result of the religious tensions in the country.
The Commission also said that it is concerned that state institutions responsible for the implementation of the rule of law and for ensuring peace are silent on this matter.
The Human Rights Commission observed that the tensions could lead to the creation of mistrust within different communities resulting in these communities growing apart from one another.
“It need hardly be mentioned that it could lead to a dent in social well being and progress of society. It is clear that these issues could be resolved by means of social dialogue, consultations and discussions. Arbitrary action on the part of different religious groups results not only in contravention of their religious doctrines but also in a situation of grave concern with regard to the progress of society. Whatever party acts with whichever objective, society cannot cope with religious fanaticism. It should be rejected,” the Commission said.
It also noted that it is absolutely essential that political parties, groups or other organizations do not use the situation to their advantage for political or other objectives.
“It must be emphasized that it is the responsibility of everyone to act with a common understanding and grave responsibility on occasions such as this when dangerous national issues arise,” the HRC said.
It noted that the purpose of religions is to bring about the best in human beings and the well being of society. (Colombo Gazette)