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Police ordered to take prompt legal action against hate crimes

(UDHAYAM, COLOMBO) – The Government has ordered the Police and law enforcement authorities to take prompt legal action against those who incite ethnic, religious hate crimes disrupting ethnic harmony in the country.

Sri Lanka’s Cabinet of Ministers has focused their attention on recent incidents and some provoking behaviour of several parties that obstructs the harmony among ethnic groups and noted the need of preventing such incidents in the future, a statement on recent Cabinet decisions said.

Accordingly, the Cabinet of Ministers has decided to instruct law enforcement authorities to take legal action against responsible persons of such incidents according to provisions of the prevailing laws.

The Cabinet also has decided to direct the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) to instruct all Officers-in-Charge (OIC) of Polices to be responsible for preventing such incidents in their Police areas.

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