MinorMatters is deeply saddened by the Easter Sunday attacks which took place targeting Christian churches and leading hotels. According to reports, a series of explosions at the St. Anthony’s Church in Kochchikade, St. Sebastian Church in Katana, Zion Church in Batticaloa, the Cinnamon Grand, Kingsbury, and Shangri-La hotels in Colombo left over 180 dead and many others injured. It is also reported that explosions in the Dehiwela and Dematagoda areas killed five people, including three police officers.
The attacks on the three churches come in the wake of 40 reported incidents of discrimination, violence, and intimidation targeting Sri Lanka’s Christian community in 2019 and 32 incidents of religious freedom violations against the Muslim community in 2018.
MinorMatters calls on the general public to remain calm, exercise caution and refrain from circulating rumours during this time of crisis.
We also call upon the government to:
(1) take all steps necessary to investigate the incidents;
(2) identify the perpetrators of these attacks; and
(3) ensure public safety and the security of all religious places of worship in the country.
In this time of mourning and sadness, let us as Sri Lankans unite in solidarity with the victims and extend our fullest support toward law enforcement agencies investigating the attacks.
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