New York | 22 April 2019
The Religions for Peace global family is deeply saddened by the despicable acts of terror that targeted hotels and Christian places of worship in Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa during the holy celebration of Easter. We join the leaders of the Sri Lanka Council of Religions for Peace (RfP Sri Lanka) and the people of Sri Lanka as they grieve the loss of innocent lives.
His Holiness, the Supreme Patriarch of Sri Lanka, Ven. Kotsugoda Dhammawasa, Honorary Chair of RfP Sri Lanka, alongside his co-leaders from the Christian, Muslim and Hindu communities, condemned this heinous act of violent extremism and called for national unity and solidarity.
Religions for Peace stands with Sri Lanka’s religious communities in continuing their work to overcome violent extremism and to promote peace with justice and reconciliation in Sri Lanka.
Dr. William F. Vendley
The Statement of the Sri Lanka Council of Religions for Peace (SLCRP-Religions for Peace Sri Lanka)
Colombo | 22 April 2019
The Sri Lanka Council of Religions for Peace (RfP Sri Lanka), an interreligious organization composed of senior religious leaders of the four major religions in Sri Lanka, condemns the barbarous acts that targeted Christian places of worship in Colombo, Negombo, Batticaloa and hotels in Colombo.
It is a matter of great concern that having just recovered from a bloody war, once again violence has reared its ugly head in Sri Lanka. All religions teach love, respect and tolerance, and these teachings are part of the rich fabric of our Sri Lankan society. To see this being torn by extremist elements is profoundly sad and cannot be tolerated.
We therefore earnestly pray that sanity will prevail, and our political and religious leaders will ensure that the trust placed in them in protecting those under their care is not destroyed.
May all Sri Lankans work together to maintain unity, togetherness and brotherhood.
Ven. Kotsugoda Dhammawasa, Honorary Chair of RfP Sri Lanka