April 24, 2019 Print

At last month’s Asia Liberty Forum in Colombo, we were fortunate enough to meet and grow closer with our amazing Sri Lankan partners. When the news of the deadly bombings first broke on Sunday, our hearts broke over this heinous tragedy.

One of the great privileges of being part of the Atlas Network team are the relationships we build with our partners across the globe in pursuit of our common goal of freedom. Just a few weeks ago we were talking and laughing with our Sri Lankan partners in Colombo—and today, some of our friends have been directly impacted by these attacks.

At the heart of our work is our respect and admiration for people—for the incredible, real-life individuals working every day to make this world a more free, more prosperous, and more peaceful place for everyone.

To our partners at the Advocata Institute, their families and friends, and all who have been affected, please know that we are all grieving with you and that you are in our thoughts and prayers. You inspire us with the courage of your convictions and by your dedication to building a brighter future for your country. It’s an honor to know you and call you our friends.

Dr. Tom Palmer speaks at Asia Liberty Forum in Colombo, Sri Lanka, February 28, 2019.

“Sri Lanka has been through and overcome so much violence," said Atlas Network Executive Vice President for International Programs and George M. Yeager Chair for Advancing Liberty, Dr. Tom Palmer. "Those who stand for peace and liberty—for decency and respect, toleration and cooperation—will overcome this. They know that they have friends and admirers the world over. They are not alone. Their struggle for peace and justice, toleration and freedom, is ours, as well.”