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Sri Lanka: heartbreaking story of the forced cremation of two month old infant without parents presence & consent

Image: Screenshot of a video of Baby Mohammed being prepared for the forced cremation. This is the story of the of two-month old Baby Mohammed...

Sri Lanka: Amalgamation of military and civil services only happen under dictatorships! – Karu Jayasuriya

Image: Printing of Sri Lanka  Driving Licences too has been taken over by the Sri Lanka Army. When we look at many things that are...

The Garrison state of future SriLanka: Will it work? – Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

The project of President Gotabaya seems to be the conversion of Sri Lanka from an uninterrupted, long-standing democracy and open society, into a second...

The uncomfortable truth about Sri Lankan migrant workers stranded in the Middle East – Amalini De Sayrah

On April 28th 2020, shaky footage taken on a smartphone showed hundreds of migrant workers in a country in the Middle East, crowded into...

Experts committee delivers a death blow to “Covid cremation only” lobby in Sri Lanka

Image: Covid dead are being buried in NewYork' (Photo courtesy of AP tweeter) The expert committee appointed by the Health Ministry to study the issue...

Dead-body politics and racism: a prayer for 2021- Shreen Abdul Saroor

“The dignity of the dead, their cultural and religious traditions, and their families should be respected and protected throughout.” —World Health Organization, Infection prevention...

Muslim Council of Britain challenges forced Covid cremations in Sri Lanka

Image caption: Sri Lanka’s president, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, was elected last year on a wave of anti-Muslim sentiment. Photograph: Xinhua/Rex/Shutterstock/TG. The country insists all people who...

Sri Lanka: Vistas of Bankruptcy and Misery – Dr. Ameer Ali

Image: The current controversy over Muslim burial issue has become handy to deflect the growing anti-regime anger. Saner minds from all communities are appealing...

Sri Lanka’s mandatory cremation policy is playing politics with the dead, says GTF

While appreciating Sri Lanka’s relative success with the management of COVID-19, the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) would like to express its strong condemnation of...

“Is Sri Lanka’s medical establishment too is steeped in racism or is willing to ignore science & ethics due to fear” – FR petition...

The parents of the 20-day-old infant who was cremated against their wishes filed a Fundamental Rights application before the Supreme Court through their Attorney...

The right every Sri Lankan has to a safe and dignified burial in his homeland after death must be respected! – Kary Jayasuriya

Denying the right of a Sri Lankan to a safe and dignified burial, regardless of their ethnic background, and to be subjected to enforced...

#stopforcedcremations campaign is gathering momentum in Sri Lanka.

Yesterday a small group of about 40-50 people belonging to all ethnic and religious backgrounds, gathered (whilst maintaining social distancing and wearing masks of...

Outrage in Sri Lanka over cremation of Muslim COVID victims

Image:Municipal workers carry the coffin of an unclaimed body of a COVID-19 victim to a crematorium in Colombo in this December 10 photo Anger...

Sri Lanka govt cremates a 20 day old infant without the consent of Muslim parents

In a series of tweets, former MP and Muslim rights activist Ali Zahir Maulana has detailed the agony of Muslim parents of 20-day old...

CDC, USA: Avoid all travel to Sri Lanka as the COVID-19 situation is at high risk level 4.

Travelers should avoid all travel to Sri Lanka. Travel may increase your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. If you must travel: Before you travel, get tested with a viral...

Lanka’s highest court rejects petitions from Muslims against COVID-19 cremations

Colombo, Dec 1 (PTI) Sri Lanka's Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed petitions filed by members of the Muslim community against the government's regulation that...

Sri Lanka: New category of traitor

Image: Recently the public was shocked to see a man being caught by villagers, swathed in polythene. The COVID-19 pandemic has created new challenges for...

Sri Lanka: Rs. 60,000 charged for “coffin and ash” of cremated of Muslim victims of Covid 19

Image: A FaceBook post by Sri Lanka's Minister of Justice which says mandatory cremation of Muslim Covid victims is absurd.  In a series of tweets,...

HRCSL recommendations : Permit burials as well as cremations of bodies of the Covid-19 victims while adhering to health guidelines

Image courtesy of Voice of America. Issuing observations and recommendations on the disposal of dead bodies in the context of COVID-19 Human Rights Commission of Sri...

UNResident Coordinator to Sri Lanka meddling in internal affairs – Buddhist Monk

Image: Hanaa Singer. Ven. Jamburawela Chandraratne Thera, representing the People's Responsibility Centre (PRC), has criticised the United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator to Sri Lanka, Hanaa...

The symbolism of armed motorcycle riders, clad in black, doing covid-19 temperature checks in Sri Lanka – Kishali Pinto Jayawardene

File photo. Sri Lanka’s covid-19 ‘dark riders’ and the urgent need to correct ourselves. The fearsome sight of armed motorcycle riders, clad in black, complete with...

What kind of government reduces expenditure on health in the midst of a global pandemic? – Tisaranee Gunasekara

Image: Daily FT/Shehan Gunasekara. In 2019, with no global pandemic, the Sirisena-Rajapaksa administration set aside Rs. 188 billion for health. In 2020, amidst a global...

Sri Lanka: The war on Covid19 has turned into war on the public; Drons to moniter people’s movements

Image courtesy of US Today. By Vyshnavy Velrajh. (Colombo Gazette) Drones will be deployed to monitor movements in areas under lockdown in the country due to...

Sri Lanka: Respect burial rights & stop mandatory cremations of COVID-19 victims – Petition by women

We, the undersigned women write to you in solidarity and on behalf of our Muslim sisters and brothers in this time of uncertainty and...

Pfizer, BioNTech say their COVID-19 vaccine is more than 90% effective

FILE PHOTO: A sign is pictured outside Pfizer Headquarters in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., July 22, 2020. REUTERS/Carlo...

Pandemic & the rise of Magic Pot Culture in Sri Lanka – Liucian Rakakarunanayake

What a great nation we are! We have a Cabinet Minister – the one in charge of health – offering to sacrifice herself to the...

OIC-IPHRC expressed deep concerns over reports of forced cremation of bodies of Muslims in Sri Lanka

Image: File photo of Covid burials in Indonesia. (www.usnews.com) OIC-IPHRC expressed deep concerns over reports of forced cremation of bodies of Muslims who died due...

Garment workers on front line of Sri Lanka coronavirus outbreak

By Shihar Aneez COLOMBO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When women at a Sri Lankan garment factory started to develop coughs and fevers, few took it seriously...

Sri Lanka: List the places designated as Covid19 quarantine centres and the designating authority- HRCSL issues recommendations

In a letter to Pavithra Wanniarachch, Minister of Health and Lieutenant General Shavendra de Silva,Head of the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID...

Sri Lanka: Vulnerable groups pay the price for militarisation of COVID-19 response

Image: (c)Shehan Gunasekara/Daily FT On 15 October, the Sri Lankan authorities imposed a curfew in parts of Katunayake Free Trade Zone (KFTZ) after hundreds of...
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