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Pillay alarmed by violence, calls for end to hate speech

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The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has expressed her deep alarm today over violence in Aluthgama. “The Government must urgently do everything it can to arrest this violence, curb the incitement and hate speech which is driving it, and protect all religious minorities,” the High Commissioner said. “I am very concerned this violence could spread to Muslim communities in other parts of the country,” Pillay continued.

“The authorities must immediately bring the perpetrators of such attacks to book and make it clear to the religious leadership on both sides, and to political parties and the general public, that there is no place for inflammatory rhetoric and incitement to violence.” She also urged security forces to use appropriate measures to contain the situation.

During her visit to Sri Lanka in August 2013, and in her subsequent reports to the Human Rights Council, the High Commissioner warned about the rising level of attacks against religious minorities.


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