Dambulla Cave Temple by Jerzy Strzelecki

Hard Facts

Launched in 2015

 

Focuses on creating mechanisms to protect holy sites in areas affected by religious conflict

 

Makes efforts to stop attacks on holy sites through interfaith dialogue

In Sri Lanka, we identified the districts of Kalutara, Galle, Ampara and Trincomalee as conflict hotspots where the varied religious backgrounds of the population can generate tensions. It is in these areas that we launched a field project based on the Universal Code. We held eight intra-faith dialogue sessions to establish a baseline assessment and evaluate the risk of attacks. We are also conducting workshops with religious leaders, state actors and community members to facilitate interreligious cooperation and to develop an Attack Response Plan for each district. The Plan will identify conflict triggers and strategies to respond quickly and nonviolently.