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SL informs OIC about its decision to allow burial of Muslim Covid-19 victims

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Sri Lanka was to inform in writing to the General Secretariat of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) yesterday about its decision to allow the burial of Muslim Covid-19 victims, Daily Mirror learns.

The Government decided to reverse its mandatory cremation policy based on recommendations by the technical committee of experts appointed to look into it. The gazette notification giving effect to this decision was issued on Wednesday night under the signature of Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi.

The burial of bodies of Covid-19 victims are allowed in accordance with directions by the Director General of Health Services (DGHS) at a cemetery or a place authorised by him.

The OIC raised concerns about the mandatory cremation policy earlier. OIC Secretary General Yousef Al Othaimeen said at the meeting of the High level Segment of the UNHRC that the OIC is concerned with the situation of Muslims in Sri Lanka since they are denied the right to be buried.

He called for the Government to allow Muslims to bury their people dying of Covid-19 in accordance with their religious rites.there are 13 OIC countries which are members of the UNHRC this time. Their support is crucial for Sri Lanka to defeat the resolution to be moved by the core group of countries led by the United Kingdom.the zero draft of the resolution also refers to the burial issue. Some of the Islamic countries such as Bangladesh, Pakistan and Iran have already spoken in favour of Sri Lanka at the UNHRC. Sri Lanka has already rejected the resolution.(Kelum Bandara)

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  • Deen Saturday, 27 February 2021 09:14 AM

    Could die peacefully.

    Lal Saturday, 27 February 2021 09:35 AM

    Still drama. Pavithra out why silent Now in between one more crochet came out. DGHS. Never ever end Our SRILANKA banana each and every one controlling the Country. Hon. President. Hon. President. Please. Please. Please.

    Sammy Saturday, 27 February 2021 10:36 AM

    It is a shame that Sri Lanka has to depend on some arm twisting by OIC

    Sel Saturday, 27 February 2021 11:03 AM

    We must thank Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) for protecting the rights

    VJ Saturday, 27 February 2021 08:02 PM

    The government is guilty for depriving the rights of the people, they cannot claim credit for reversing the decision.

    Buddhist Saturday, 27 February 2021 08:16 PM

    Muslim Parties should inform the world that the approval is only on paper and not in practice. Govt is cheating the international body.

    AG Saturday, 27 February 2021 08:55 PM

    Did this so called OIC ever comment against the barbaric killings what the Muslim terrorist did on Easter Sundays ?? I’m sure Dailymirror won’t publish this comment.


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