Cardinal calls for UNHRC intervention for justice for Easter Attacks victims

Cardinal calls for UNHRC intervention for justice for Easter Attacks victims

Cardinal calls for UNHRC intervention for justice for Easter Attacks victims

Written by Zulfick Farzan

07 Mar, 2022 | 2:41 pm

COLOMBO (News 1st); The Head of Sri Lanka’s Catholic Church, His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Rajith has called on the support of the UHNRC to intervene to uncover the truth behind the Easter Sunday Attacks of 2019 and mete out justice to the victims.

“The Easter Sunday suicide bomb attacks in Sri Lanka on the 21st of April 2019 claimed the lives of 269 people including 82 children, and 47 foreign nationals belonging to 14 nations and injured more than 500 others,” said His Eminence to the 49th Regular Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council.

He said the first impression of the massacre was that it was purely the work of a few Islamist extremists. However, subsequent investigations indicate that this massacre was part of a grand political plot, he added.

The Head of the Catholic Church said that despite repeated requests the incumbent government of Sri Lanka has failed to mete out justice to the victims.

“Instead of uncovering the truth behind the attack and prosecuting those responsible, there are attempts to harass and intimate those who call for justice,” he said.

His Eminence also noted that “as a result nearly three years after the horrendous crime were are still in the dark as to what really happened on that Easter Sunday.”

“As this is a serious violation of the fundamental rights of the aggrieved victims, we earnestly call upon the UNHRC and its member countries to support the continuation of evidence gathering initiated by the council last year and to devise the means to ensure an impartial investigation to unravel the truth behind the Easter Sunday massacre,” he noted.

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