The Government of Sri Lanka(GoSL), withdraws the option which was available under Public Health Guidelines to allow the burial of the deceased Covid19 victims,  which adversely affects the religious rights of the Muslim Community of Sri Lanka. This adverse decision was taken contrary to the guidelines issued by the World Health Organisation (WHO) relating to the disposal of bodies affected by the Corona Virus, which are being followed by many countries, including United Kingdom, Singapore, Australia, Israel, Malaysia, Iran and Italy. In the absence of any scientific evidence of spread of disease after the body has been sealed in a body bag from respiratory or gastrointestinal fluids (and therefore there is no difference in cremation or burial with regard to spreading of the virus), this decision appear to be taken on other considerations. This will continue to  cause much anxiety and anguish to the affected Muslim families in particular and the community in general.  The GoSL should therefore reconsider reintroducing the amendment to provide the burial option too with strict conditions to avoid infection spread, as provided in the WHO guidelines, in addition to the cremation option.

If you are a family member, a relative or anyone known to a family whose loved ones were forcibly cremated due to Covid or suspected Covid, in Sri Lanka, please let us know your / their details. WhatsApp: +447401018964 Web Form: https://www.prgsrilanka.org/victims/

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2021
Sri Lanka: ‘Forced’ cremation of COVID victims’ bodies must stop – UN rights experts

Sri Lanka: ‘Forced’ cremation of COVID victims’ bodies must stop - UN rights experts

Sri Lanka finally lifts ban on burial of COVID victims

Sri Lanka finally lifts ban on burial of COVID victims

GoSL Gazette on Burial of Covid Victims

[pdf-embedder url="https://www.prgsrilanka.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SL-Gazette-25-Feb-2021-Cremation.pdf" title="SL Gazette 25 Feb 2021 Cremation"]

Conference Report: FORCED CREMATIONS OF COVID DECEASED IN SRI LANKA

[pdf-embedder url="https://www.prgsrilanka.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Forced-Cremations-of-Covid-Deceased-in-Sri-Lanka-Implications-for-Minority-Relations-and-Rights-cordoba-foundation.pdf" title="Forced Cremations of Covid Deceased in Sri Lanka – Implications for Minority Relations and Rights – cordoba foundation"]

USA Senators Tim Kaine & Mark R Warner’s letter to SL Ambassodor

[pdf-embedder url="https://www.prgsrilanka.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/2021.02.24-Letter-to-Sri-Lankan-Ambassador_Kaine_Warner.pdf" title="2021.02.24 Letter to Sri Lankan Ambassador_Kaine_Warner"]

Sri Lanka human rights: UK seeks new UN resolution on abuses

Sri Lanka human rights: UK seeks new UN resolution on abuses

OIC – 46th Human Rights Council Session – Forced Cremation

http://webtv.un.org/search/organization-of-islamic-cooperation-high-level-segment-6th-meeting-46th-regular-session-human-rights-council/6234688406001/?term=&lan=english

Burial of Covid-19 deceased: #StopForcedCremations continues

https://www.themorning.lk/burial-of-covid-19-deceased-stopforcedcremations-continues/

OP-ED: Bangladesh must speak out against forced cremation of Muslims in Sri Lanka

https://www.dhakatribune.com/opinion/op-ed/2021/02/18/op-ed-bangladesh-must-speak-out-against-forced-cremation-of-muslims-in-sri-lanka

Cremation still in effect for COVID19 deaths insists Sri Lanka Health Ministry

https://mdwlive.net/2021/02/17/cremation-still-in-effect-for-covid19-deaths-insists-srilanka-health-ministry-lka/

Covid-19 Forced Cremations Continue in Sri Lanka – HRW

https://www.hrw.org/news/2021/02/16/covid-19-forced-cremations-continue-sri-lanka

“Yes To Burials; But Not Covid” – Emperor’s ‘Racist’ Clothes Laid Bare!

“Yes To Burials; But Not Covid” – Emperor’s ‘Racist’ Clothes Laid Bare!

Head of Tech Committee Confirms Burial Can Be Allowed for COVID Victims in Sri Lanka (Eng Subtitle)

Head of Govt appointed committee Prof. Jennifer Perera stands by its recommendation that both burial and cremation can be allowed for COVID victims

In Sri Lanka, a unique pandemic trauma: Forced cremations – Washington Post

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/sri-lanka-cremations-covid/2021/02/12/b97719a6-6562-11eb-bab8-707f8769d785_story.html

Scope with Waqar Rizvi – Forced Cremations

Interview on Pakistan Indus News Channel on SL Forced Cremation today (11.2.2021). Tayab from Bidmans firm London who handles the MCB challenge and US Task Force lead Bro Faris joined the interview. The segment on forced cremation starts around 28mins into the show.

Jennifer Wexton US Member of Congress wrote a letter to Sri Lankan ambassador 11 February 2021

[pdf-embedder url="https://www.prgsrilanka.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/US-Sen-Letter-to-Sri-Lankan-Ambassador-11-Feb-21.pdf" title="US Sen Letter to Sri Lankan Ambassador – 11 Feb 21"]

Sri Lanka will allow burial of Covid Victims: Prime Minister

http://www.newswire.lk/2021/02/10/sri-lanka-will-allow-burial-of-covid-victims-prime-minister/ https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=288676276147054&ref=watch_permalink

Sri Lanka to allow COVID burials for Muslims after outcry

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/2/10/sri-lanka-allows-first-covid-burial

Muslims under Fire: Sri Lanka’s Covid19 ‘Forced Cremations’ and Institutionalization of Anti-Muslim Populism

http://southasiajournal.net/muslims-under-fire-sri-lankas-covid19-forced-cremations-and-institutionalization-of-anti-muslim-populism/

Mandatory cremations and the voices of the families

http://www.themorning.lk/mandatory-cremations-and-the-voices-of-the-families/

Muslim families complain to UN over Sri Lankan Covid cremations

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/feb/09/muslim-families-complain-to-un-over-sri-lankan-covid-cremations

The Muslim Council of Britain call on the UN to halt forced cremations in Sri Lanka

The Muslim Council of Britain call on the UN to halt forced cremations in Sri Lanka The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) has submitted a complaint to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR) given the Sri Lankan government’s ongoing policy on forced cremations. Zara Mohammed, the Secretary General of the MCB said: “We are very concerned that the Sri Lankan government has ignored its own committee’s advice, which allows for the safe burial of the deceased. The Sri Lankan Government policy is unprecedented; no other state has carried out such unjust and discriminatory measures. We very much hope that the Sri Lankan government will change its policy in line with the World Health Organisation advice.” Tayab Ali, Partner at Bindmans LLP who represents the MCB and the Applicants said: “The forced cremations of Muslim bodies in Sri Lanka are a serious violation of the religious freedom of a minority group. It is a violation of international law to delay returning a family member’s body for burial in a timely way unless there is good reason to do so. In this case the Sri Lankan authorities have departed from the WHO’s recommendation for the safe management of a dead body…
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Loved Ones Lost: The Pain Behind Forced Cremations

Loved Ones Lost: The Pain Behind Forced Cremations

Families victimised by mandatory cremation policy hail Bachelet’s Report to UNHRC

Families victimised by mandatory cremation policy hail Bachelet’s Report to UNHRC

The Heavy Price That Sri Lanka Will Have To Pay For Denying Burial Rights

https://www.prgsrilanka.org/the-heavy-price-that-sri-lanka-will-have-to-pay-for-denying-burial-rights/

State Department account for the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs

https://twitter.com/State_SCA/status/1355158143903420416?s=20

Sri Lanka sticks to forced Covid cremation policy, despite revised advice from its own expert panel

http://muslimnews.co.uk/newspaper/top-stories/sri-lanka-sticks-forced-covid-cremation-policy-despite-revised-advice-expert-panel/

37 British Muslim Organizations Demand A Stop To Sri Lanka’s Forced Cremations During Covid

https://themuslimvibe.com/muslim-current-affairs-news/37-british-muslim-organizations-demand-a-stop-to-sri-lankas-forced-cremations-during-covid

Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon Tweet

The UK urges Sri Lanka to permit burials for #COVID19 victims in line with @WHO guidelines, so that all faiths can be free to practise their rites. I raised the issue with @DCRGunawardena last week & have shared guidelines on how burials can operate safely #FoRB https://t.co/FYs1uVIfhG — Lord (Tariq)Ahmad of Wimbledon (@tariqahmadbt) January 27, 2021

Chris Van Hollen, United States Senator for Maryland wrote a letter to Sri Lankan ambassador

[pdf-embedder url="https://www.prgsrilanka.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/US-Sen-Letter-to-Sri-Lankan-Ambassador.pdf" title="US Sen Letter to Sri Lankan Ambassador"]

Protest held in front of UN Colombo office against Forced Cremations

https://www.facebook.com/100053807831621/posts/209602524176674/?d=n

Sri Lanka’s baseless forced cremation policy inflicts trauma on Muslims

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/01/25/sri-lankas-baseless-forced-cremation-policy-inflicts-trauma-muslims/

Sri Lanka’s cremation of COVID dead a ‘human rights violation’

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/1/25/forced-cremations-during-pandemic-a-violation-of-human-rights-un

Sri Lanka: Compulsory cremation of COVID-19 bodies cannot continue, say UN experts

https://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=26686&LangID=E

PRG calls on Government of Sri Lanka to urgently conduct an impartial investigation into allegations of manipulation of COVID results to harass Muslims

https://www.prgsrilanka.org/prg-expresses-deep-concern-over-allegations-of-manipulation-of-covid-tests-in-sri-lanka/

Sri Lanka: Covid-19 Forced Cremation of Muslims Discriminatory

https://www.hrw.org/news/2021/01/18/sri-lanka-covid-19-forced-cremation-muslims-discriminatory

No issue in burying COVID-19 victims’ bodies: Dr. Palitha Abeykoon

http://www.themorning.lk/no-issue-in-burying-covid-19-victims-bodies-dr-palitha-abeykoon/

THE UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL MUST STEP UP EFFORTS TO ADVANCE ACCOUNTABILITY FOR SERIOUS VIOLATIONS IN SRI LANKA – Amnesty

[pdf-embedder url="https://www.prgsrilanka.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/THE-UN-HUMAN-RIGHTS-COUNCIL-MUST-STEP-UP-EFFORTS-TO-ADVANCE-ACCOUNTABILITY-FOR-SERIOUS-VIOLATIONS-IN-SRI-LANKA-Amnesty.pdf" title="THE UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL MUST STEP UP EFFORTS TO ADVANCE ACCOUNTABILITY FOR SERIOUS VIOLATIONS IN SRI LANKA – Amnesty"]

Overseas Sri Lankan Muslims organisations sent a letter to Prime Minister of Pakistan

[pdf-embedder url="https://www.prgsrilanka.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Letter-to-HE-Imran-Khan.pdf" title="Letter to HE Imran Khan"]

UK Lord Sheikh Letter to Sri Lankan President

[pdf-embedder url="https://www.prgsrilanka.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Lord-Sheik-Letter-to-GoSL-PRG.pdf" title="Lord Sheik Letter to GoSL PRG"]

IBAHRI condemns forced cremations of Muslim COVID-19 victims

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) condemns the forced cremations, in violation of traditional Islamic funeral practices, of Muslim individuals who have died in Sri Lanka from COVID-19. https://www.ibanet.org/Article/NewDetail.aspx?ArticleUid=78b53e89-fb34-4ab7-bf71-5737dc298226

Burial of the Dead is an Integral Part of a Muslim’s Belief

https://www.prgsrilanka.org/burial-of-the-dead-is-an-integral-part-of-a-muslims-belief/

Cremation Vs Burial: Expert Panel Revises Recommendation To Include Both Cremation And Burial Of COVID-19 Dead Bodies

Cremation Vs. Burial: Expert Panel Revises Recommendation To Include Both Cremation And Burial Of COVID-19 Dead Bodies

Appeal to End Forced Cremation of Covid-19 Victims in Sri Lanka

Australian Advocacy for Good Governance in Sri Lanka [pdf-embedder url="https://www.prgsrilanka.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Appeal-to-End-Forced-Cremation-of-Covid-19-Victims-in-Sri-Lanka-1-January-2021.pdf" title="Appeal to End Forced Cremation of Covid-19 Victims in Sri Lanka – 1 January 2021"]

Disposal of corpses of persons infected with SARS-CoV-2 virus – Recommendations by the Expert group

[pdf-embedder url="https://www.prgsrilanka.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Disposal-of-corpses-of-persons-infected-with-SARS-CoV-2-virus-Recommendations-by-the-Expert-group-prg-sri-lanka.pdf" title="Disposal of corpses of persons infected with SARS-CoV-2 virus – Recommendations by the Expert group – prg sri lanka"]

2020
College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka (CCPSL) Position Paper on the debate about compulsory cremation of victims of COVID-19

[pdf-embedder url="https://www.prgsrilanka.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/CCPSL-Position-Paper-on-the-debate-about-compulsory-cremation-of-victims-of-COVID-19.pdf" title="CCPSL Position Paper on the debate about compulsory cremation of victims of COVID-19"]

The Muslim Council of Britain to launch legal action against Sri Lankan government’s ‘forced cremations’

https://www.prgsrilanka.org/the-muslim-council-of-britain-to-launch-legal-action-against-sri-lankan-governments-forced-cremations/

Watch our show: Sri Lanka Forced Cremation

Mujahid Talks with Imam Malik Mujahid in conversation with Sir Iqbal Sacranie - Senior Advisor Muslim Council of Britain, Hilmy Ahamed - Vice President of Muslim Council of Sri Lanka and Muslim Community Leader Faris Husain

Contradictions of Prof Meththika’s statements – All in One

[pdf-embedder url="https://www.prgsrilanka.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Contradictions-of-Prof.-Meththikas-statements-All-in-One-PRG.pdf" title="Contradictions of Prof. Meththika’s statements – All in One – PRG"]

Contentious ‘Forced Cremation’ Issue: Danger Of Muslim Emotions Being Exploited!

https://www.prgsrilanka.org/contentious-forced-cremation-issue-danger-of-muslim-emotions-being-exploited/

Survival of Coronaviruses in Water and Wastewater

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7091381/

Health Ministry reiterates position on Covid-19 cremation
Health Ministry reiterates position on Covid-19 cremation

Ministry of Health in a statement says all those who have died due to COVID 19 are cremated as per the expert advise received.

Covid-19: Sri Lanka forcibly cremates Muslim baby sparking anger

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-55359285

Appeal to review the mandatory requirement of cremation of Covid19 dead bodies

[pdf-embedder url="https://www.prgsrilanka.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Appeal-to-review-the-mandatory-requirement-of-cremation-of-Covid19-dead-bodies-prg.pdf" title="Appeal to review the mandatory requirement of cremation of Covid19 dead bodies – prg"]

Muslims are being forcefully cremated – British Muslim TV

https://twitter.com/britishmuslimtv/status/1342608578188873733?s=21

MOH SL Appointed of an Expert committee to review cremation only policy

[pdf-embedder url="https://www.prgsrilanka.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Forced-Cremation-Expert-Comm-Report.pdf" title="Forced Cremation Expert Comm Report"]

Letter from Muslim doctors to Sri Lanka

FIMA President Prof. Dr. M. İhsan Karaman explained that FIMA (Federation of Islamic Medical Associations), which has member IMAs in 50 different countries from the USA to South Africa, reacted to the practice of cremating covid-19 dead bodies of Muslims in Sri Lanka. Noting that they took action immediately upon the news that came to them from Sri Lankan Muslim community, Karaman said, "The Muslims in the country asked us to take this action. 'As doctors from all over the world, support us sending appeal to our government and explaining that this is wrong." Prof. Dr. Karaman reminded that they sent a kind, diplomatic and scientific letter to the Sri Lankan government in April, which included both scientific and religious aspects of this action, and said: "In the letter, we stated that there is no danger and risk in terms of medical and public health issues in the burial of the deads with covid-19; there are statements by the scientific authorities like WHO, CDC or ECDC in this direction and according to the religion of Islam, cremation of the dead is not permissible. And we request you to review your general decision and allow people to carry out their final…
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Outrage over forced cremation of Muslim Covid victims in Sri Lanka

https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/asia/sri-lanka-muslim-covid-burial-cremation-b1776201.html

Austra-Lanka Muslim Association Letter to SL President

[pdf-embedder url="https://www.prgsrilanka.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/sl_forced_cremation_alma_16Dec2020.pdf"]

Maldives COVID burial plan ‘will marginalise Sri Lankan Muslims’

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/12/16/maldives-marginalising-sri-lanka-muslims-with-covid-burial-plan

Letter to UK Maldives High Commissioner Farah Faizal from SLM organisations.pdf

[pdf-embedder url="https://www.prgsrilanka.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Letter-to-Maldives-Gov-from-UK-SLM-Orgs-HE-Dr-Farah-Faizal.pdf" title="Letter to Maldives Gov from UK SLM Orgs HE Dr Farah Faizal"]

Forced cremations of Muslim Covid-19 victims cause outrage in Sri Lanka

https://www.trtworld.com/asia/forced-cremations-of-muslim-covid-19-victims-cause-outrage-in-sri-lanka-42356

Sri Lanka’s Anglican Church condemns human rights violations

http://www.sundaytimes.lk/201213/news/sri-lankas-anglican-church-condemns-human-rights-violations

London Protest Against Forced Cremations in Sri Lanka

https://www.prgsrilanka.org/uk-protest-against-forced-cremations

MCB Statement on forced cremations of Muslims who have died of COVID19 in Sri Lanka

MCB Statement on forced cremations of Muslims who have died of COVID19 in Sri Lanka

Universal Human Rights Council – Statement on Forced Cremation in London Protest

We are gathered here today to express our anger, horror and disgust about the most cruel and lowly practice of the Sri Lankan government and its so called scientific advisors. That is of forcibly burning the bodies of Muslim and Christian victims of COVID 19. Since March this year, since the first COVID victim died, the Sri Lankan government has forcibly cremated dozens of bodies of victims despite protests, pleas and appeals of not only the victims’ families but of the entire international community. Cremation is against our faith. Losing a loved one is a misery big enough for the families. On top of that, forcibly preventing them from giving the last respects to their loved ones has added to the psychological trauma and shock. This is not only a despicable act that goes against all moral values and civilized behaviour, It is a violation of the right to practice and manifest religious beliefs. It is a suppression of the rights of minorities. The United Nations has written to the Government of Sri Lanka to stop this inhumane practice. The Organization for Islamic Cooperation has written to the Government. International human rights organizations such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty…
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A statement on Forced Cremation in Sri Lanka

“I'd rather die on my feet, than live on my knees” said the Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata. The decision by Sri Lankan government to cremate all Covid19 related death with no sensitivity to ethnic minorities and their basic human rights has distressed many Sri Lankans all across the world. Had there been a valid reason for such cremation, peace loving Sri Lankan Muslims would not object to such a decision but would also extend their fullest cooperation. However, despite evidence produced by WHO as well as Sri Lankan and international experts, the government continues its discriminatory and racist policies towards Muslims. The systematic racism unleashed on Muslims in places like hospitals have become unprecedented. Not only they are forcibly cremating Covid victims, they are also conspiring to cremate Muslims who die of other causes. Recently a government hospital conspired to cremate a Muslim man who died of renal failure. A woman who died of heart failure was cremated. A 20 days old baby who had died of pneumonia was cremated without the consent of the parents. Man, woman or child –no one is safe from the institutionalized racism in Sri Lanka. All these while WHO strongly suggests burial of covid19…
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Anger over forced cremation of virus victims in Sri Lanka

https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/anger-over-forced-cremation-of-virus-victims-in-sri-lanka

There were no virologists in the committees set up – Prof Vitharana

http://www.dailymirror.lk/opinion/There-were-no-virologists-in-the-committees-set-up-Prof-Vitharana

Appeal of the National Shoora Council Regarding the Cremation of Muslim Janazas

[pdf-embedder url="https://www.prgsrilanka.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Covid-Victim-Cremation-shoora-council.pdf" title="Covid Victim Cremation shoora council"]

Bob Balackman MP’s Letter to Sri Lankan High Commissioner

[pdf-embedder url="https://www.prgsrilanka.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/BB-to-High-Commissioner.pdf" title="BB to High Commissioner"]

Bob Balackman MP’s Letter to UK FCDO

[pdf-embedder url="https://www.prgsrilanka.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/BB38708-to-FCDO.pdf" title="BB38708 to FCDO"]

Muslims in Sri Lanka ‘denied justice’ over forced cremations of Covid victims

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/dec/04/muslims-sri-lanka-justice-forced-cremations-covid-victims

Al-Jazeera – Sri Lanka Muslims refuse to claim cremated COVID19 relatives

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MeWNHVF5LA&feature=youtu.be

Dr Nihal Abeysinghe regarding forced cremation

Dr Nihal Abeysinghe, former government chief virologist and epidemiologist in talk with Chamudiththa He clearly says with any ifs and buys that both options are acceptable in disposing Covid bodies. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHD9-12ZZiM&feature=youtu.be

We Will Continue To Struggle For Justice And The Right To Bury Our Dead: Civil Society Organizations

https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/we-will-continue-to-struggle-for-justice-and-the-right-to-bury-our-dead-civil-society-organizations/

Sri Lanka SC rejects petitions against COVID-19 cremation

https://www.thehindu.com/news/international/sri-lanka-sc-rejects-petitions-against-covid-19-cremation/article33234058.ece

Forced cremation of bodies of pandemic casualties must stop

https://asiapacific.gchumanrights.org/2020/11/30/sri-lanka-forced-cremation-of-bodies-of-pandemic-casualties

PRG Statement on HRCSL Stance on Forced Cremation

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HRCSL observations and recommendations on Extraordinary Gazette No 217018 dated 11th April 2020

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Forced Cremation of a Christian Victim of COVID in Sri Lanka

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAQAbSCA8fQ&feature=youtu.be

UK based Sri Lankan Muslim organisations letter to SL president regarding forced cremation

[pdf-embedder url="https://www.prgsrilanka.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Letter-to-the-President-regarding-Cremation.pdf" title="Letter to the President regarding Cremation"]

UHRC Statement: NO MORE FORCED CREMATION THE SRILANKAN MINORITIES DEMAND FROM THEIR GOVERNMENT

[pdf-embedder url="https://www.prgsrilanka.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/NO-MORE-FORCED-CREMATION-THE-SRILANKAN-MINORITIES-DEMAND-FROM-THEIR-GOVERNMENT.pdf" title="NO MORE FORCED CREMATION THE SRILANKAN MINORITIES DEMAND FROM THEIR GOVERNMENT"]

Sri Lankan Officials Stoke Covid-19 Communal Hate – Human Rights Watch

https://www.hrw.org/news/2020/05/18/sri-lankan-officials-stoke-covid-19-communal-hate

Malaysian Muslim organisation calls on Sri Lanka to approve Islamic practice

Malaysian Muslim organisation calls on Sri Lanka to approve Islamic practice

Compulsory cremation: A nightmare for Sri Lanka’s Muslims – By Lukman Harees

The World Health Organization says burials are safe for Covid-19 victims. So why is Sri Lanka's government insisting on cremating all bodies? https://www.trtworld.com/opinion/compulsory-cremation-a-nightmare-for-sri-lanka-s-muslims-36307

Former Governor of the Western Province Azath Salley’s Statement (Situation Update)

[video width="400" height="224" mp4="https://prgsrilanka.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/azath-14th-May.mp4"][/video]

Tamil Information Centre’s Press Release regarding burial rights in Sri Lanka

[pdf-embedder url="https://www.prgsrilanka.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/TIC-Press-Release_-Denial-of-Burial-Rights-Relaing-to-COVID-19-Deaths-14.05.20.pdf" title="TIC Press Release_ Denial of Burial Rights Relaing to COVID 19 Deaths 14.05.20"]

5th Muslim victim’s body was cremated forcefully
5th Muslim victim’s body was cremated forcefully

Name: Abdul Hameed mohamed Rafaideen Age: 64 years Last Address: Neth Sevana Housing Complex,  Thotalanga. Madampitiya Died on 05.05.2020 early Morning 1.15Am between 1.30am. emergency Doctor V Thusitan 077756XXXX visit flat by 2.15am confirmed death. After informing to police at the time 2.15Am and police visit home after 13 hours 2.30Pm time to pick the body to General Hospital. Body was put to the mortuary without a cover or body bag. On 06.05.2020 body was taken to Borella cemetery 4.45Pm with long covid suspect story and obtain signature from the son and burnt it. Today family is not on quarantine or the victim is included in the covid 19 death list.

No issue with cremating COVID-19 dead: Archdiocese
No issue with cremating COVID-19 dead: Archdiocese

http://www.dailymirror.lk/breaking_news/No-issue-with-cremating-COVID-19-dead-Archdiocese/108-188143

Journalist Asiff Hussein sent an open letter to Dr Anil Jasinghe
Journalist Asiff Hussein sent an open letter to Dr Anil Jasinghe

Dear Dr.Anil Jasinghe It is with much sadness that I write this to you, all the more so because you are a doctor whose duty is to understand others, not treat people with contempt. A doctor needs to be compassionate and understanding. This is something we all accept as a fact. But you don't seem to have this trait, dear doctor and it has shown again and again. What is most saddening is your persistent disregard for the sensitivities of our Muslim community by insisting that our dead be cremated when all other countries accept burial, which you yourself can see every day on international news where the dead are shown buried in graves, not even five feet deep. Even the victims of Small pox, a disease much more virulent than what we face today are buried, and you being a medical professional with all the knowledge behind you, should know better than to persist with your meaningless arrogance so unbecoming of a medical man. To date, Sri Lanka remains the only country in the world to require mandatory cremation in spite of the wishes of the dying and their loved ones. By doing this you are day by day…
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Sri Lanka: Muslims face extra threat as coronavirus stirs hate

Sri Lanka makes cremations compulsory for COVID-19 victims, but Muslims and activists urge authorities to allow burials. https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/05/sri-lanka-muslims-face-extra-threat-coronavirus-stirs-hate-200510183518512.html

Rights petition filed against cremation of COVID-19 victims

A Fundamental Rights violation petition was filed yesterday, challenging the Gazette notification that a body related to death either confirmed or suspected of COVID-19, should be exclusively cremated within 24 hours (preferably within 12 hours). Two Catholics Oshala Lakmal Anil Herath and Ranmal Anthony Amerasinghe filed two separate petitions through Gowry Shangary Thavarasha, citing Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi, Ministry Secretary Dr. Bhadrani Jayawardena, Health Services Director General Dr Anil Jasinghe and the Attorney General as Respondents. http://www.ft.lk/front-page/Rights-petition-filed-against-cremation-of-COVID-19-victims/44-700003

Corpses Of Coronavirus Patients Can’t Be Infectious, So Cremation Not Necessary, Says WHO

Corpses Of Coronavirus Patients Can’t Be Infectious, So Cremation Not Necessary, Says WHO

Report on Safe Burial

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Parliamentarian Vadivel Suresh on forced cremation

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Muslim Burial Rights: An Open Letter To The President Of Sri Lanka – By Mass L Usuf

Muslim Burial Rights: An Open Letter To The President Of Sri Lanka - By Mass L Usuf

Dr Ruvaiz Haniffa’s Message

Government and its leaders should immediately stop harassing the Muslim community in the country, this is how the harassment of Tamil people led to a 29 year War , we see lot of Muslim youth are posting serious comments on social media which is not a good sign Currently Muslim community is without a leader who can guide them, As a community without a leader the community is certainly going astray in many directions the trigger was due to cremation of Muslim Janazas without any scientific justification- the government has not shared its scientific basis for cremation only with the public (locally and internationally) in a transparent manner. Hence, we as Sri Lankan Muslims are reluctantly compelled to conclude that our repeated request to include burial as an option for COVID-19 dead body disposal is not based in science but is an ideologically and a politically motivated decision to stigmatize the Sri Lankan Muslim population.

The tragic circumstances and horrific treatment of the family of the deceased from Modara, who was misdiagnosed for COVID19
The tragic circumstances and horrific treatment of the family of the deceased from Modara, who was misdiagnosed for COVID19

The tragic circumstances and horrific treatment of the family of the deceased from Modara, who was misdiagnosed for COVID19, and thereafter cremated is important to take note. It also leaves a lot of unanswered questions.   The following is their account alone. As recounted by her family to me, the deceased was a 44 year old Muslim woman (media reported her as 52 years old) who was suffering from a cold. Having no pre-existing conditions, she had gone to a local clinic and thereafter the NHSL where she was prescribed medication.   On her second visit to NHSL last Monday, she was admitted and her 42 year old sister-in-law (media reported as 63 years old) stayed with her. She was later taken to the ICU and then transferred to IDH later that night. Her sister-in-law was also taken along with her.   According to the family, she had passed away upon admission to IDH, approximately around 2-3 am. The family only found out about the time of death much later. 4/20 At 5:30 am on Tuesday morning, not knowing that the mother has already passed a few hours prior, the family received a call saying that their mother has been…
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Sri lanka – Only country in the world Forcibly cremating Muslim Covid-19 victims – By Latheef Farook

The situation in the island today is that Sri Lanka is the only country in the world; 1- that claims that bodies of Muslims died of corona virus ,if buried ,could be used as biological weapons. 2-that portrays those who support the burial of Covid-19 victims as unpatriotic citizens. 3- that has turned Covid-19 into a witchunt where the media dioscloses the identities and religion of patients. 4- that forcibly cremates victims of Covid-19 against their religious and cultural rights. latheeffarook.net/sri-lanka-only-country-in-the-world-forcibly-cremating-muslim-covid-19-victims/

ACJU Letter to Dr Anil Jasinghe re Forced Cremations

Clarification on the ambiguity on burying the ashes of a Muslim who succumbed to COVID-19 and request to reverse the stance by permitting burial [pdf-embedder url="https://www.prgsrilanka.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/ACJU-Letter-to-Dr-Anil-Jasinghe-PRG.pdf" title="ACJU Letter to Dr Anil Jasinghe – PRG"]

ACJU Clarification on the ambiguity on burying the ashes of a Muslim who succumbed to COVID-19 and request to reverse the stance by permitting burial

https://acju.lk/en/news/acju-news/item/1935-clarification-on-the-ambiguity-on-burying-the-ashes-of-a-muslim-who-succumbed-to-covid-19-and-request-to-reverse-the-stance-by-permitting-burial

Sri Lanka lab technologists warn COVID19 tests flawed, cremated body not COVID19 related

Muslim death, cremated The ‘9th coronavirus fatality’ in Sri Lanka which occurred on Tuesday could now be deemed as erroneously diagnosed. The body of a 52-year-old Muslim lady from Modera had been cremated after a short period of time in line with current controversial local polices of cremating COVID related deaths.

A Muslim victim of COVID19 cremated against the wishes of her family

A Muslim victim of COVID19 cremated against the wishes of her family. And also obtained the conscent signature from her son forcefuly. Latterly, the authorities claimed that cremated body was not tested positive for Covid19.

Parliamentarian Palitha Range Bandara on forced cremation in Sri Lanka

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Signature campaigns against forced creamtion

https://www.change.org/p/sri-lanka-government-don-t-cremate-the-covid19-affected-sri-lankan-muslim-bodies-instead-please-bury-them https://www.change.org/p/justin-trudeau-sri-lanka-becomes-the-only-country-in-the-world-to-forcibly-cremate-victims-of-covid-19 https://www.change.org/p/sri-lankan-government-stop-forced-covid-19-patient-cremations-in-sri-lanka https://www.change.org/p/sri-lank-stop-cremating-deceased-s-body-without-first-consulting-family-to-obtain-consent https://www.change.org/p/don-t-cremate-the-covid19-affected-sri-lankan-muslim-bodies-instead-please-bury-them-don-t-cremate-the-covid19-affected-sri-lankan-muslim-bodies-instead-please-bury-them https://www.change.org/p/united-nations-retain-the-right-of-covid-19-victims-of-religious-minorities-in-sri-lanka

Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon’s Letter to Cosmos UK

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Small fear whether the dead bodies with the virus can be used as biological weapons – Dr. Channa Perera tells BBC

https://english.theleader.lk/news/690-small-fear-whether-the-dead-bodies-with-the-virus-can-be-used-as-biological-weapons-dr-channa-perera-tells-bbc

RPSL Memo on Disposal of Bodies of COVID19 Victims in Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka ignores Muslim protests, forces cremation for coronavirus victims – TRT World
Sri Lanka ignores Muslim protests, forces cremation for coronavirus victims – TRT World

https://www.trtworld.com/magazine/sri-lanka-ignores-muslim-protests-forces-cremation-for-coronavirus-victims-35373

Sri Lanka makes cremation compulsary for Covid-19 deaths – The Times of India
Sri Lanka makes cremation compulsary for Covid-19 deaths – The Times of India

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/sri-lanka-makes-cremation-compulsory-for-covid-19-deaths/articleshow/75109273.cms

Sri Lankan Government made cremation compulsaory for all victims of the virus, becoming the only country in the world to do so
Sri Lankan Government made cremation compulsaory for all victims of the virus, becoming the only country in the world to do so

Sri Lankan Government made cremation compulsaory for all victims of the virus, becoming the only country in the world to do so. The Minister of Health also mde regulations on 11th April 2020 purportedly in terms of section 2 and 3(1) of the Quarantine and Prevention of Deceases Ordinance specifically providing that "the corpse of a person who has died or is suspected to have died of Coronavirus Decease 2019 shall be cremated'

Burial vs cremation seen in the context of the viral threat – NewsIn Asia
Burial vs cremation seen in the context of the viral threat – NewsIn Asia

https://newsin.asia/burial-vs-cremation-seen-in-the-context-of-the-viral-threat/

Sinhalese popstar Iraj Weeraratne, shared a false claim on Twitter that the ruler of Sharjah had banned burials in his emirate
Sinhalese popstar Iraj Weeraratne, shared a false claim on Twitter that the ruler of Sharjah had banned burials in his emirate

The pick-up from local Sri Lankan media and hardline Sinhalese-Buddhist nationalists was so extensive that it prompted a response from the UAE’s embassy in Colombo. “It is shocking that this news item has been manipulated and maliciously interpreted […] in a manner that could incite racism towards the Muslims of Sri Lanka,” said an official statement published on 6 April. https://english.alarabiya.net/en/coronavirus/2020/04/20/Coronavirus-Muslims-in-Sri-Lanka-forced-to-cremate-dead-stigmatized-under-lockdown

Virus burial prevention move shocks Muslims

https://www.pressreader.com/sri-lanka/sunday-times-sri-lanka/20200405/281582357740946

17 Sri Lankan organisations written to President regarding burial rights

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Misleading claim circulates that Muslims ignored COVID-19 curfew at Sri Lankan mosque
Misleading claim circulates that Muslims ignored COVID-19 curfew at Sri Lankan mosque

A claim has been shared on Facebook and several Sri Lankan news websites that Muslims at a mosque in Sri Lanka reacted violently after authorities told them their gathering was in violation of the country's novel coronavirus curfew. The claim is misleading; police and public health officials said that locals were in fact asked to gather at the mosque to receive tests to detect COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The scuffle that occurred at the event was sparked over fears that the testing site would make the village more susceptible to infections, they said. https://factcheck.afp.com/misleading-claim-circulates-muslims-ignored-covid-19-curfew-sri-lankan-mosque

PRG’s Expression of concern on handling the COVID 19 pandemic in Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka Ministry of Health’s initial guidelines was changed as cremation only for the deceased or suspected COVID-19 victims
Sri Lanka Ministry of Health’s initial guidelines was changed as cremation only for the deceased or suspected COVID-19 victims

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First Muslim COVID-19 victim died. The body was cremated without the consent of his next of kin or family

First Muslim Covid19 victim died and cremated without the consent of his next of kin or family late in night in violation of WHO Guidelines and as well as Sri Lanka's 27th March MOH Guidelines, and almost immediately therafter, the Ministry of Health replaced the 27th March MOH Guidlines with the Provisional Clinical Practice Guidelines on Covid19 (version4) dated 31st March 2020, making creamtion the only option fir Covid19 victims.

The first Sri Lankan infected with COVID-19 was identified

https://www.garda.com/crisis24/news-alerts/321466/sri-lanka-first-locally-transmitted-covid-19-case-march-11-update-3

Reference Articles

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