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The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka has told the Health Ministry that mandating cremation is not a permissible restriction.

The Commission has written to the Ministry of Health issuing observations and recommendations on the disposal of dead bodies in the context of COVID-19.

In the letter,made public yesterday, the Commission says mandating the cremation of those who have died or suspected to have died from COVID-19 is neither necessary nor proportionate to the achievement of protection of public health and therefore is not a permissible restriction of the freedom to manifest religion or beliefs.

“The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka received complaints and expressions of concern from persons of various religious groups including Muslims, christian sand Buddhist son their inability to perform final religious rites after the death of persons in the context of Covid-19.amongst the concerns raised,are the forcible removal of bodies,lack of a standard process for determining whether the deceased person has in fact succumbed to the virus, lack of transparency surrounding the process and doubt as to the mandatory cremation requirement. (EASWARAN RUTNAM)

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  • Indika Friday, 27 November 2020 10:13 AM

    vialation of human rights is not a new thing for this brother colony

    Mano Friday, 27 November 2020 10:41 AM

    Do we have the luxury to debate this matter endlessly when the pandemic is taking a heavy toll in the country. Let us follow the safest route and cremate all dead people who are suspected to have been infected by coronavirus. If Muslims are not happy about this then so be it.

    Jaja Friday, 27 November 2020 10:44 AM

    HEALTH MINISTER AND GMOA GROUP YOUR AND YOUR FAMILIES DAYS ARE COUNTING

    Ranjan Friday, 27 November 2020 11:08 AM

    Muslims can not impose their will when we are facing a crisis.

    B. Kumar.J Friday, 27 November 2020 11:19 AM

    The HRCSL is not a body consists of medical health experts . Therefore by dictating wrong terms on Covid 19 prevention program, the HRCSL itself violates the human rights of the human being of Sri Lanka . Down with HRCSL !@#?

    Dr J Jayawardana Friday, 27 November 2020 11:31 AM

    Excellent analysis by our HRC, in line with internati9nal best practices

    Yowanie Friday, 27 November 2020 12:03 PM

    every thing is new normal for us, but human rights violation is not, the clan's normal practice.

    Chandu Friday, 27 November 2020 12:08 PM

    It may hurt feelings of some but done in good faith for the safety of all. Hope Human Rights Champions understand

    VJ Friday, 27 November 2020 12:13 PM

    Violating the rights of the minorities is not done out of ignorance, it is deliberate. We are a country like no other.

    AB Friday, 27 November 2020 07:19 PM

    It's not by ignorance but after consultation of committee of experts who know well of it

    charith seneviratne Friday, 27 November 2020 12:43 PM

    Mind your own business. Our government will do what is best for this country. You all look after the other countries. You guys interfered with the 30 year war too. So kindly mind your own business. Did the Easter Sunday bombers perform religious rights when they committed suicide ? There were so many who's bodies could not be found and some only body parts. Were they able to perform religious rights ?

    Tintin Friday, 27 November 2020 12:52 PM

    This should have only been decided by the independant scientists . Scientists are silent but all others are talking., according to their line of identity politics.

    Gayan Friday, 27 November 2020 06:50 PM

    Let them be buried in the houses of these chaps. See their responses to that.

    AB Friday, 27 November 2020 07:08 PM

    HRCSL seems purposely attempting make a rift between communities, while serving for underhand political agenda

    dara Friday, 27 November 2020 07:16 PM

    Without poke your finger in area where your expertise is nill, see whether you be able to help reduce number of deaths by evacuating ,old and high risk people living in high density areas, temporarily to safer places with help of relatives

    Ranaweera Friday, 27 November 2020 07:43 PM

    HRCSL is getting paid by lobbyists and issuing statements. This is a pandemic. Sri lanka's soil is not suitable for cremation of covid infected bodies. Most countries do not allow relatives to taketh body. Why make a big fuss in Sri Lanka.

    Martin Milton Friday, 27 November 2020 07:49 PM

    HRC are not Medical experts. Nor are they experts at deciding the later effects of burying Covid-19 infected humans when it has been apparently proved that Minks infected with Covid -19 have infected the soil a few years after they were buried. MM

    Demuni Uduwara Friday, 27 November 2020 11:17 PM

    Every issues can be solved in amicable way not a dictatorial way. Rulers as usual like a division.

    Lalith Saturday, 28 November 2020 12:29 AM

    Why in India Muslims are not burried but cremated? Are they different kind of a Muslim? Now most of the Muslims are dieing inside the house without coming to hospital in fear of burning their bodies after Corona


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