(Text of Statement Issued by the National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka Condemning the Communal Tensions in Digana, Kandy)
The National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka (NCEASL) is deeply concerned and condemns the circumstances surrounding the prevailing tensions in Digana, Kandy.
In light of the unrest, the NCEASL underscores the importance of upholding the rule of law in the country and urges the different communities to abstain from taking the law into their own hands. It is of utmost importance that extremist elements are not nurtured and given the space to influence and dictate the words and actions of the communities, leading to increased violence, unrest, and irreparable damage.
The NCEASL regrets the communal tensions taking root and spreading in different parts of the country, even as the nation struggles to recover from a three-decade war that wreaked immeasurable loss and destruction. The NCEASL reminds His Excellency the President, the Honourable Prime Minister, and the Government of Sri Lanka, of their commitments to foster peace and harmony among the ethnic and religious groups in the country, and its zero-tolerance policy against hate speech and religious violence.
While we express solidarity with the victims of violence, we call upon all communities to come together in defence of communal harmony, pluralism, and justice. Moreover, the NCEASL also calls upon all political parties to desist from exploiting the current situation for undue political gain.
Finally, the NCEASL urges the government to take immediate action to uphold the rule of law in the country, stem the violence currently prevailing in the Kandy region, and take appropriate measures to bring the perpetrators to justice.