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The NCEASL also raises concerns over the status of media freedom in Sri Lanka in light of the miniscule coverage given to Sunday's incident by the country's mainstream media.
The NCEASL is concerned that the government's request for time and space to address human rights issues, following 3 consecutive UN Human Rights Council resolutions would ring hollow, internationally, in the face of growing intimidation and violence against ethnic and religious minorities.
The NCEASL calls upon the government to ensure that law and order is preserved and the lives of all citizens, places of worship and property are protected in keeping with the Constitution and to desist from practicing or promoting either directly or tacitly, any act or procedure which discriminates against one community or favours another.
NCEASL reported that on October 13, 2006, a prayer center in Hingurakgoda, Polonnaruwa was vandalized and set on fire.
According to NCEASL, approximately 200 persons forced their way into the orphanage premises and began destroying the property.
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