US urges Sri Lanka to swiftly conclude state of emergency

The United States (US) today urged Sri Lanka to swiftly conclude the state of emergency which was enforced today.The US Embassy in Sri Lanka said it is important that the Government of Sri Lanka act quickly against perpetrators of sectarian violence, “Rule of law, human rights, and equality are essential for peaceful coexistence. It is important that the Government of Sri Lanka act quickly against perpetrators of sectarian violence, protect religious minorities and their places of worship, and conclude the State of Emergency swiftly, while protecting human rights and basic freedoms for all,” the US Embassy said. President Maithripala Sirisena promulgated a state of emergency to redress the situation in the country. (Colombo Gazette)