EU URGES GOVT. TO UPHOLD RULE OF LAW

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TheEuro­pean Union (EU) has called on the Govern­ment to en­sure that the rule of law is up­held and that the law is ap­plied equally to all in­sti­ga­tors and per­pe­tra­tors of com­mu­nal vi­o­lence.

“We are con­cerned about the re­cent in­ci­dents of com­mu­nal vi­o­lence that have oc­curred fol­low­ing the Easter Sun­day

ter­ror­ist at­tacks. We wel­come the ar­rests made in con­nec­tion with the vi­o­lence, and call on the Govern­ment to en­sure that the rule of law is up­held and that the law is ap­plied equally to all in­sti­ga­tors and per­pe­tra­tors of com­mu­nal vi­o­lence,” EU said in state­ment.

It also said;

Many Euro­pean coun­tries have ex­pe­ri­enced ter­ror at­tacks and hate crimes in re­cent years. We un­der­stand the toll it takes on com­mu­ni­ties and the pos­si­ble long-term reper­cus­sions such in­ci­dents could have on a coun­try’s so­cial fab­ric.

Clear lead­er­ship as well as the whole­sale re­jec­tion of hate and vi­o­lence are of paramount importance, and we en­cour­age the Govern­ment to take all ap­pro­pri­ate mea­sures to re­as­sure all ci­ti­zens that it will pro­tect and uphold their safety and their rights.

We call on po­lit­i­cal, re­li­gious and other com­mu­nity lead­ers to con­tinue to speak out against vi­o­lence and all those in­cit­ing un­rest and dis­trust and to make ev­ery ef­fort to pro­mote un­der­stand­ing and har­mony be­tween com­mu­ni­ties.

We also note the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the me­dia and the coun­try’s ci­ti­zens in en­sur­ing that mis­in­for­ma­tion does not spread and lead to more in­ci­dents of vi­o­lence.

The re­spon­si­bil­ity of the me­dia and the coun­try’s ci­ti­zens in en­sur­ing that mis­in­for­ma­tion does not spread and lead to more in­ci­dents of vi­o­lence

Clear lead­er­ship as well as the whole­sale re­jec­tion of hate and vi­o­lence are of paramount importance

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