April 22, 2019
Unifor joins Sri Lankans in their grief as they mourn the more than 300 people who were killed in multiple explosions on Sunday. At least 500 others were wounded in the attacks, which Sri Lanka’s government has blamed on a local jihadist group called the National Thowheed Jamath, though that is not yet confirmed.
“We condemn these horrific attacks, that targeted churches and hotels in the country’s minority Christian communities as they celebrated a religious holiday,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias.
Sri Lanka is a multicultural and multi-faith country, which has been relatively peaceful since a civil war ended a decade ago.
“Families who had gathered to celebrate, have now been torn apart by this violent attack on religious freedom,” said Christine Maclin, Director of Human Rights at Unifor. “In the face of this senseless tragedy we must stand united in the fight against religious intolerance by continuing to teach respect, compassion and acceptance.”
Unifor strongly believes that we must appreciate and celebrate a diversity of religious beliefs and cultures, but we do not condone the Sri Lankan government's imposition of martial law and the current social media ban, or its' history of crimes against humanity.
Our union is actively engaged in defending human rights and combating racism. We are also educating our leadership and our members about important issues such as xenophobia and Islamophobia. Unifor will continue its round table discussions and community town halls in the relentless pursuit to eradicate all forms of hate in our workplaces, our communities, our country and beyond. We encourage you to support actions in your communities to challenge hate.