The tragedy of the Easter terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka killed at least 253 people on Easter Sunday this year. So in response the Sri Lankan government is establishing a special ‘Council for reconciliation between religions’. Representatives of the Buddhist faith have encouraged the concept of establishing this Council. It aims to build coexistence and understanding between the different religions in Sri Lankan society.
Freedom of faith
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said the Council will include religious leaders from all faith communities in Sri Lanka. He recalled that, regardless of religious beliefs, everyone should have the right to practice their faith freely.
Sri Lanka is a multi-ethnic nation with 22 million inhabitants, who are mostly Buddhists. But there are also Christian, Muslim and Hindu minorities. Muslims represent almost 10% of the population; Christians around 7.4% (6.1% Catholics and 1.3% Protestants).
‘A wise move’
Robert Thilakaratne, a local Catholic layman, said that establishing the Council was ‘a wise move by the government’. He said: ‘It will serve to promote solidarity, understanding, harmony, peace and brotherhood, which the country really needs’.
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Update via Fides News service