Australian Tamils appalled at attacks on churches and hotels across Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday

The Australian Tamil Congress (ATC) deeply condemns the attacks carried out on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday 21 April 2019 which have resulted in least 207 dead and many more injured. 

The ATC is saddened at the loss of innocent lives and stands in solidarity with the victims and their loved ones. 

Sri Lanka has a long history of religious extremism and perpetrators of religious violence have been known to act with impunity. As recent as 27 March 2019 the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Bachelet, while underlining the importance of accountability to the people of Sri Lanka, told the UN Human Rights Council that “continuing impunity risks fuelling communal or inter-ethnic violence, and instability”.

The ATC calls on Sri Lankan authorities to take act responsibly and genuinely to bring justice to victims, including local and foreign nationals who have perished. 

The ATC further calls on Sri Lanka to refrain from knee jerk reactions, ensure the human rights of all in the island are respected and prevent any further acts of oppression targeting any particular community which can perpetuate further divide between communities.

 Media contact: Dr. Sam Pari, Spokesperson, ATC      0416206431