The Young Political Leaders Forum of Sri Lanka (YPLF) has denounced hate speech propagated through media while expressing their concern over the clashes that erupted in Southern province of the island nation last week.
The YPLF in a statement has deplored hate speeches that are propagated through social media and media pointing out such actions would only lead to irreversible outcomes that are often guided by rage and anger.
The YPLF consists of six parliamentarians representing several political parties to which includes UPFA MP Vasantha Senanayake, UNP MPs Harin Fernando and Niroshan Perera, ACMC MP Hunais Farook, SLFP MP Shehan Semasinghe and TNA representative Raghu Balachandran.
While condemning the violence that erupted in Aluthgama and Beruwela areas, the young parliamentarians in their statement have also called on the public to resort to the laws of the country so that safety for all citizens can be guaranteed as well as to act in restraint and remain calm despite the recent circumstances.
Emphasizing the importance of nurturing values such as respect, mutual understanding and co-existence the YPLF has also urged relevant authorities to restore normalcy within the country as well as to take necessary measures to prevent further escalation of the recent tensions.
The YPLF statement also calls upon all communities to work together in solidarity so that trust, respect and harmony among all can be strengthened irrelevant of their beliefs.