Meeting with Member Organisation

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The National Shoora Council at a special meeting with its Member Organisation (MOs) held on 11 July 2016, resolved as follows :

  1. In the backdrop of the re-emergence of anti-Muslim hate speeches, racial and religious incitements against the minority communities, the NSC calls upon the Government that it has a duty to create and ensure an environment where all its citizens can live peacefully.
  2. The Government and the relevant State agencies like the Police must protect and safeguard the fundamental rights of its citizens without discrimination as enshrined in the Constitution and uphold the Rule of Law without fear or favour.
  3. To meet with HE The President, Mr. Maithripala Sirisena, The Hon. Prime Minister Mr. Ranil Wickremasinghe, Muslim Politicians ,The Defence Secretary, advocacy groups and Civil organisations to discuss with them the rise of racism and religious violence in the country.
  4. NSC also notes that there could be a hidden agenda in the recurrence of such uncultured racist behaviour which may also include destabilising the government, create economic turmoil and drag the country towards anarchy.
  5. The NSC recognises that the media in all its form has a crucial role to play in keeping with the ethics of journalism and moral values.
  6. The NSC recognises that the bad conduct of a few does not in any way represent the majority of the cultured, decent and respectable Sinhalese people. It also understands that the bad behaviour of some disgruntled monks do not represent the majority of the Sangha community.
  7. Therefore, the NSC strongly appeals to the Muslim community to ignore all forms of provocation, incitement or intimidation and to be patient and calm without resorting to any form of reaction whatsoever. The NSC reminds the Muslims that Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance.
  8. The NSC plans to set up a permanent arm aimed at addressing this phenomenon, to help the government by identifying solutions, to clarify misinformation, misconceptions and misperceptions about Muslims and Islam and other activities which will help create understanding and peaceful co-existence.

 

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