Sri Lanka urged to stop faith-based violence

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Heiner Bielefeldt. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Sri Lanka has been urged by three United Nations human rights experts to stop the promotion of racial and faith-based hatred and violence against Muslim and Christian communities.

More than 350 violent attacks against Muslims and over 150 attacks against Christians have been reported in Sri Lanka in the last two years.

The UN Human Rights Office says Buddhist groups with extremist views are behind the attacks.

Heiner Bielefeldt, one of the three experts on freedom of religion, minority issues, and summary executions said that violence in Sri Lanka is "fuelled by an atmosphere of impunity."

Mr Bielefeldt urged Sri Lanka to guarantee the right to freedom of religion or belief for members of minority religious communities.

He also called for racial and religious hatred to be stopped.

Sophie Outhwaite, United Nations.

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