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Message on the International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism

Posted on: 21 / 08 / 2020

Today, we remember and honour all victims of terrorism in Sri Lanka and across the world. The victims of the decades-long conflict and the Easter Sunday attacks last year are held dearly in our hearts. The United Nations in Sri Lanka stands together with the grieving families who have lost loved ones.

The impact of terrorism on victims can last a lifetime and reverberate across generations. It is our duty to oppose terrorism and the fear that it uses to divide societies. The United Nations in Sri Lanka has a long history of working with government and communities to promote tolerance and social harmony.

It is through acknowledging and addressing societal and structural injustices that we can stunt the processes that contribute to the growth of extremism, while amplifying tolerance and providing true redress for victims.  We must ensure that those who have suffered are always heard and never forgotten.

Hanaa Singer

UN Resident Coordinator, Sri Lanka

21 August 2020