UK slams alleged attack on church in North West Sri Lanka

The British Government has condemned an alleged attack on a church in North West Sri Lanka in January.

Under Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Alok Sharma, said that Britain condemns all forms of violence against religious minorities.

“The freedom to practise, change or share your faith or belief without discrimination or violent opposition is a fundamental human right that all people should enjoy,” he said in a written response to a question raised in the UK House of Commons.

Sharma said the UK regularly raises human rights concerns with the Sri Lankan Government and most recently, the Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Baroness Anelay of St Johns stressed the importance of Sri Lanka protecting the rights of all its citizens when she met with the Sri Lankan Prime Minister and Foreign Minister during her visit to Sri Lanka.

Sharma said the UK is committed to supporting Government and civil society efforts to improve human rights in Sri Lanka and we are currently funding a range of projects in support of this.

One of these projects supports interfaith dialogue, aimed at promoting cohesion between those of different backgrounds and beliefs. (Colombo Gazette)

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