Human rights commission finds outside elements behind violence

The National Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (NHRCSL) says it has found that outside elements had instigated the violence in Kandy.

In separate letters to President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, the NHRCSL said that investigations carried out by the commission found that a group of outsiders had created tensions between Muslims and Sinhalese communities in parts of Kandy.

The NHRCSL said that even incidents in the recent past targeting Muslims had been instigated by groups from outside the respective areas.

The National Human Rights Commission urged the President and Prime Minister to act swiftly and take appropriate action on those directly involved in the violence and those who instigate and provide organisational strength for such violence. (Colombo Gazette)