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Many still face discrimination and hate in Sri Lanka – UN official

Though the armed conflict in Sri Lanka has ended, many on the island “still face discrimination and hate” said the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka Una McCauley, calling for more to be done for reconciliation.

In an address to mark the International Day of Peace 2017 on Thursday, Ms Cauley said “addressing the root causes of conflict and preventing violence requires our commitment and our unity”.

“In Sri Lanka, the war is over,” she noted. “Yet many still face discrimination and hate.”

She went on to state,

“So much needs to be done to ensure that everyone can participate equally in shaping the way forward for the country, particularly in the areas of peacebuilding and reconciliation”.

“We need to accept and work with each other's differences if we are to make any meaningful progress. As long as discrimination, intolerance and inequality are encouraged or ignored, then our efforts are in vain.”

See the full text of her address on ColomboPage here.