The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has expressed concern over the religious and ethnic tensions in Sri Lanka following the Easter Sunday attacks saying the friction between the government and the President is a human right concern.
Delivering the opening statement at the 41st session of the UNHuman Rights Council in Geneva, Bachelet said she is disturbed by the attacks on the Muslims and hate speech by some religious leaders following the bombings.
She said statements by some religious leaders inciting violence constitute worrying early warning indicators that should be addressed.
She said the lack of a unified approach between the President and Government regarding key human rights concerns risks adverse impact on the effectiveness of the security forces in ensuring safety and protection for all.
Bachelet noted the state of emergency should be of minimal duration, and a priority should be given to bringing political, religious and other community leaders together to address root causes of all forms of violence and discrimination.
The High Commissioner commended the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka for its commendable and courageous role.
Her comments came as hate speech against Muslims are on rise following the attacks which killed over 250 people including 45 foreigners.