Statement by Joint Apparel Association Forum (JAAF)
The violence that erupted on the streets of Colombo and in other parts of Sri Lanka on Monday, and the resultant loss of life is both unfortunate and deeply saddening. We empathize with the people’s distress over the extraordinary adverse impact of the economic crisis on their lives and livelihoods. However, violence that costs precious human lives deserves our utmost condemnation.
We call upon leaders and authorities to immediately restore political stability across the country. They should also ensure a safe living and working environment for all people, as we collectively navigate through this very difficult crisis.
By the same token, we strongly support the efforts taken by the Bar Association of Sri Lanka to ensure a peaceful, democratic transition of power. It is critical that a new government be appointed urgently to all the current political vacuum.
We will also support the efforts of all other organizations that seek the same outcome: an end to the crisis, to the potential violence and a return to political stability.