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Open message to Pakistan PM Imran Khan from Ammaar Rishad, 13 year old young Sri Lankan Muslim

I, Ammaar Rishad, write to you with an earnest plea on behalf of the communities of Sri Lanka that have suffered due to the...

In the wake of Imran Khan’s visit, ACJU calls on the govt to protect the rights, identity and dignity of Sri Lankan Muslims

In the wake of the Pakistan Prime Minister's visit to Sri Lanka the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU), has called upon the government to...

SAHR expresses concern over the strategic timing of the Pakistan PM Imran Khan’s visit to Sri Lanka

South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR), a regional network of human rights defenders, expresses concern over the timing and purpose of the Pakistan Prime...

Relatives of the Muslims who have been cremated in Sri Lanka complain to UN Human Rights Committee & request an interim relief

Image: A protest in Colombo in December over the Sri Lankan government’s policy of forced cremations in Covid-19 deaths. Photograph: Ishara S Kodikara/AFP/Getty (...

Cremations & Independence Day: 7 testimonies of loved ones lost

Sri Lanka continues to maintain its policy of mandatory cremations for COVID dead, which has deeply distressed the Muslim community whose faith prohibits cremation....

SriLankan poet Ahnaf Jazeem in custody 256 days without trial and bail. Case postponed to Feb 24th.

The case in Fort Magistrate Court, in which the CID has reported facts against Poet Ahnaf Jazeem who was arrested by TID and is...

Sri Lanka: Amarapura and Ramanna Nikayas Inter-Religious Committee writes to President on mandatory cremation

The Inter-Religious Committee of the Amarapura and Ramanna Nikayas has written to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to convene an urgent meeting of medical and virology...

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...

#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...

Afraid of a symbolic protest, Sri Lanka the Govt removes the white handkerchiefs tied to cemetery fence

Sri Lanka police has removed white handkerchiefs tied to the iron fence of the Colombo cemetery last night, according to social media posts. Former...

The cremation of a baby and Lanka’s season of cruel misery – Kishali Pinto Jayawardena

Image: As a protest to the forcible cremation of baby Shaykh, the 20-day old infant white cloths were hanged at the Colombo cemetery by...

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...

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...

UN hopes Sri Lanka govt will allow the safe and dignified burial of COVID-19 victims

File photo from AsiaNews. In a letter address to PM Rajapaksa United Nations resident coordinator Hana Singer says that  "Considering the evidenced-based guidance of the...
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