The Australian Human Rights Commission has extended its condolences and sympathies to all of those affected by the deadly attacks in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday.
The President of the Commission, Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM and Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow expressed their sorrow at the deadly attacks across six locations in Sri Lanka, including three churches where worshippers were marking Easter.
The attacks also targeted popular hotels in the cities of Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa, however the majority of those killed were Sri Lankan nationals.
Sri Lanka remains on high alert and a state of emergency has been declared.
“The Commission extends its sympathies to the victims, their families and the people of Sri Lanka who are reeling from this dreadful event,” Professor Croucher said.
“There is no place for such hatred and violence in our society, whether that is a targeting of worshippers on one of the holiest days on the Christian calendar or the killing of visitors to Sri Lanka, as well as many others simply going about their day.”
The Commission, with the support of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, has worked closely in recent years with its Sri Lankan counterpart to build the capacity of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL), particularly on issues of disability rights.
“My heart goes out to everyone affected by this murderous violence in places of worship and other public places in Sri Lanka,” Commissioner Santow said.
“The Commission will be writing to the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka to offer assistance in the aftermath of these horrific attacks. We stand ready to lend our support to them as part of our continued work together.”
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