The European Union (EU), through the EU Heads of Mission in Sri Lanka, added its concerns to the Weliweriya and Grandpass incidents.
“The European Union Delegation in Colombo is concerned by recent incidents in Sri Lanka including the deaths of three civilians following protests in Weliweriya on 1 August, and the attack on the Grandpass mosque on 10 August, which followed a number of other attacks on mosques and churches,” the EU office in Sri Lanka said in a statement.
The EU statement said that the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and the right to freedom of worship are fundamental to democratic societies and should be protected by the state.
The European Union looks to the Sri Lankan authorities to ensure justice through speedy, impartial investigations and to enable all Sri Lankans to exercise their human rights freely, the statement said. (Colombo Gazette)