Sporadic incidents shown as signs of religious intolerence – Nerin Pulle at UN

Sporadic incidents shown as signs of religious intolerence – Nerin Pulle at UN

Written by Staff Writer

12 Mar, 2014 | 10:23 pm

Speaking at the 25th regular sessions of the UNHRC in Geneva Deputy Solicitor General Nerin Pulle who is part of the Sri Lankan delegation to the session, expressed regret about attempts being made to portray sporadic incidents in the country as a sign of religious intolerance.

He made this statement following the presentation of the annual report by the UN Special rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief.

Deputy Solicitor General, Nerin Pulle said: “Mr. President, regrettably, there is an attempt to portray recent sporadic incidents targeting religious places of worship of all religions, as a sign of religious hatred and intolerance. “

“The government does not condone such actions. In all instances where police complaints have been lodged, the legal process has been set in motion including producing suspects before magistrates.”

“In addition, the provisions of the penal code, the ICCPR Act number 56 of 2007, criminalises advocating religious hatred that constitutes incitement, discrimination, hostility or violence.”

More broadly, in keeping with Sri Lanka’s societal, cultural and historical norms, religious dialogue continues to take place at various levels to ensure interfaith harmony, and understanding among the diverse populace,” he added.

 

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