The military success of the Sri Lankan army is marked by continuing violence:
A group of Sri Lankan bishops spoke out against the escalating violence between the government and a rebel group in the north that recently killed 52 civilians within a day.
“[There is] a real danger that the rate of civilian casualties could increase even more,” warned the joint statement signed by the Anglican Bishop of Colombo, the Rt. Rev. Duleep de Chickera, and other Anglican and Roman Catholic bishops, according to U.K.-based Church Times.
The killing of civilians is a “cause for serious regret, and cannot be justified in any war, especially in a war amongst the people of the same country,” they said in a statement released last week.
“We also appeal to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) that the presence of trapped civilians should not be used to gain military advantage,” the five faith leaders stated. “There should be no restriction of the civilians’ right to life and movement.”