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Easter Sunday attacks

Catholic Bishops Conference urges govt. for independent, impartial inquiry

The Catholic Bishop Conference in Sri Lanka (CBCSL) yesterday urged the government and all political leaders to ensure an independent and impartial inquiry over the Easter Sunday attacks.

The CBSL in a statement issued under the hands of Colombo Archbishop Malcolm, Cardinal Ranjith, the Bishops of Badulla, Jaffna, Kandy, Kurunegala and the Auxiliary Bishop of Colombo, said bringing those responsible for the Easter Sunday attacks before the law expeditiously is important.

“We observe that several committees have been established and their main focus appears to be to find out those responsible for the serious lapses in security. Even though this effort is useful, we insist that as matter of justice, the final aim of the inquiries should be to ascertain who the perpetrators are and who aided and abetted in any way in this dastardly acts.”

The following is the full statement:

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference in Sri Lanka (CBCSL) during the recent plenary meeting evaluated the situation in the country in the aftermath of the Easter Sunday terror attacks which resulted in the deaths of more than 250 civilians and foreigners and severely injured several hundreds.

It has been earnest appeal to the government that an impartial inquiry be held and the perpetrators brought before the law. The CBCSL is profoundly saddened to note that a just and a fair and impartial investigation has not yet taken place.

We observe that several committees have been established and their main focus appears to be to find out those responsible for the serious lapses in security. Even though this effort is useful, we insist that as a matter of justice, the final aim of the inquiries should be to ascertain who the perpetrators are and who aided and abetted in any way in this dastardly acts. Unfortunately, we do not see any positive signs in this direction. The report of the Three Member Presidential Commission is yet to see the light of day.

The people are waiting to see the results of this inquiry as was promised to them. The government is yet to give an assurance to the people that there is only one set of laws in the country, for everyone is still in fear and there is uncertainty in the minds of the people. However, we are pleased to appreciate and acknowledge the commitment of the Armed Forces and the Police that has made civic life possible despite this gloomy situation.

Therefore, we urge once again the government and all political leaders of the country to ensure an independent and impartial inquiry as a matter of utmost urgency. Although various relief efforts of the government are to be appreciated, we wish to reiterate that what is more important is to do justice in this regard, by bringing those responsible before the law of the country expeditiously. In this endeavour, all partisan considerations such as ethnicity, religion or any other factor should be shunned.

We also wish to appeal to all our people to continue to pray for the country for the restoration of lasting peace and harmony in our dear Motherland. 


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