- Feb 26, 2021
Sri Lanka’s Catholic bishops said Monday that they are suspicious of the government’s motives in not sharing the report of a presidential commission of inquiry into Easter Sunday suicide bomb attacks in 2019 that killed more than 260 people, and instead appointing another committee to study it.
A senior Sri Lankan church official has asked President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to give him access to a presidential commission’s report on Easter Sunday bomb attacks in 2019 that killed more than 260 people, including churchgoers.
Sri Lanka’s president said Thursday that he has received the final report of an inquiry commission investigating the 2019 Easter Sunday bomb attacks and vowed he will not allow anyone responsible for the deaths of more than 260 people escape justice.
Sri Lanka’s Catholic leaders urged the government on Tuesday not to proceed with a constitutional amendment that would consolidate power in the president’s hands, saying it would undermine democracy.
Nearly two years after a series of bombings in Sri Lanka killed nearly 300 people, the country’s top Catholic official has accused government leaders of failing to identify those behind the grizzly attacks and of using the incident to advance their political agendas.
“We are concerned by the increasing militarization and authoritarianism of the Sri Lankan government,” said Mervyn Thomas, Chief Executive of Christian Solidarity Worldwide.