As Metropolitan of the Church of Ceylon, watching the events unfolding in Sri Lanka has been deeply concerning. All Sri Lankans have felt the effect of the economic crisis. Many of those worst affected are already the most vulnerable and least able to withstand the economic impact.
In the past few days, reports of protests and the repression of free speech have been particularly alarming. These are fundamental rights of all human beings, particularly in a crisis situation, and the immediate return of freedom of speech and democratic processes within the country is of utmost importance.
I pray for quick and peaceful resolutions, for those suffering because of the economic crisis and for the Church of Ceylon as they continue to serve and support the people of Sri Lanka.
Archbishop Justin Welby