Speaking on the legal action that can be taken against perpetrators spreading hate speech on social media, Indatissa said that the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) states that no person shall propagate war or advocate national racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence. “Whether it’s community A, B, C or D, it is wrong. The same rules must apply to everyone. As a multi-ethnic country we must learn to respect each other and live peacefully,” he said. The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) has warned the public against using social media platforms such as Facebook to spread hatred targeting communities.President of the BASL Kalinga Indatissa was quoted in a press statement today as saying that there are certain groups operating with vested interests to instigate racial tensions. He noted that there is a misconception in the local Police division that a publication on social media cannot be dealt with, but that is wrong.“Because similarly, if a person is found guilty for publishing or making oral defamation against a party or community, a Facebook post is equal to a publication and therefore, we can bring people to justice under the ICCPR. The only difference is the method of proof, and as a practice the relevant authorities should start filing test cases,” he said. The General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the ICCPR on 15th December 1966 and the Act came into effect on 23rd March 1976. Sri Lanka acceded to the Covenant on 11th June 1980.Indatissa explained that when a country becomes a signatory to the Covenant under the United Nations, there is a requirement for the country to draft its domestic law to suit the Covenant and Sri Lanka passed the ICCPR act in 2007, recognising fundamental rights of all Sri Lankans.“I firmly believe that Sri Lanka is a multi-ethnic country, at least for the last 700 years, and it is a fact that no one can deny. We are all one and if we are all one, we must learn to live either through the operation of law or through our own human conduct,” concluded Indatissa, citing that the media has a huge role to play in any nation and the role of the media is to bring people together in the context of a multi-ethnic society.
“The coins help us understand how changes under Norman rule impacted on society as a whole.” Adam Staples with one of the coinsCredit:Geoff Pugh The group went on to dig up the remainder from shallow ground over the course of around five hours, putting them in buckets belonging to a local farmer before driving them to the British Museum. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Metal detectorists Lisa Grace and Adam Staples Metal detectorists Lisa Grace and Adam StaplesCredit:Geoff Pugh The largest hoard of coins ever discovered from the post-Norman Conquest period, found by an amateur during a metal detecting lesson, are an early example of tax avoidance, British Museum experts have said. A hoard of 2,528 coins dating back to the Battle of Hastings include rare examples of “mules”, which have the face of one king on the head and another on the tail to allow coin-makers to avoid paying extra tax. Specialists at the British Museum said the collection, which contains five times the number of coins bearing the head of William the Conqueror than currently known to exist in total, would shed invaluable light on the period and ordinary people living under Norman rule. The coins are likely to have been buried by a wealthy landowner in the years following the Battle of Hastings.Adam Staples and Lisa Grace, experienced metal detectorists, said they had been teaching a hobbyist friend – who wishes to remain anonymous – how to use a new piece of equipment in a field in the Chew Valley, Somerset, in January, when he picked up a signal to the first coin. The coins bear the heads of both the defeated King Harold II and the conqueror William I. A small number show Edward the Confessor. Some show signs of being tampered with, with the images of two different kings suggesting the person striking the coins was using an older coining tool to avoid paying the tax on an up-to-date design. The hoard is the largest Norman treasure find since 1833, and features examples of how French-speaking officials had struggled to get a grip on Old English, which is imperfectly stamped onto some of the silver coins.Gareth Williams, curator of early medieval coinage at the British Museum, said: “This is an extremely significant find for our understanding of the impact of the Norman Conquest of 1066. The hoard is now with the local coroner who will determine whether it is officially “treasure”.It has been reported to be worth up to £5m, though experts have indicated this is likely to be an overestimate once the condition of coins and the sudden flooding of the market they would cause are taken into account. The final sum will be shared between the rest of the metal detecting group and the landowner.Mr Staples, who has been treasure hunting for 16 years with his partner Ms Grace, said: “We went down for a weekend and hit the jackpot.”