Apr 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa said that there is no room for any community to suppress another community on the grounds of religion or ethnicity and assured that no injustice will be done to any ethnicity.
Speaking at the opening of the new bridge across Batticaloa lagoon connecting Batticaloa and Ampara, the President said certain foreign elements were trying to create problems between communities and religions and destroy national harmony by spreading false rumors.
He said that no race has the right to suppress another and it is the responsibility of everyone to work towards the betterment of the country.
The government is committed to safeguard the rights and privileges of all religious groups in Sri Lanka and to secure the freedom of worship in the country, the President further said.
In a message to mark Easter today, the President said the day had a special significance for Sri Lanka's Christians, as the country came closer to overcoming the forces of terror and bringing peace and understanding to all communities that call Sri Lanka home.
"The spirit of love that pervades Christian teaching should help create trust and understanding among our people," the President said in his message.
"It should also extend to all other living beings that share this earth with us, as well as the gifts of nature on which all of us depend for a wholesome life," he said.
The government has come under severe criticism by international as well as local civil society organizations for allowing Buddhist extremist groups to intimidate Muslims and Christians in the country.
The rising religious intolerance from extremist Buddhist monks-led organizations in Sri Lanka has raised alarms among the moderate public and if authorities fail to take adequate measures to curtail the violence the actions of these extremist groups would have serious consequences, civil society leaders have warned.