30 May, 2020

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Religious Minorities Must Have Their Final Rites Respected: Amnesty International Calls On Sri Lankan Authorities To Stop Forced Cremation

Sri Lanka’s authorities must respect the right of religious minorities to carry out the final rites of their relatives in accordance with their own traditions unless they can show that restrictions are needed to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Amnesty International said today.

Two of the early COVID-19-related deaths in Sri Lanka have been those of Muslims who were forcibly cremated on the instructions of the authorities and against the wishes of the deceased’s families.

“At this difficult time, the authorities should be bringing communities together and not deepening divisions between them. Grieving relatives of people who have died because of COVID-19 should be able to bid farewell to their loved ones in the way that they wish, especially where this is permissible under international guidelines,” said Biraj Patnaik, South Asia Director at Amnesty International.

The World Health Organization’s guidelines for the safe management of a dead body in the context of COVID-19 allows for either burials or cremations and this position was mirrored in the Sri Lanka Ministry of Health guidelines issued on 27 March 2020. On 31 March, the Sri Lankan guidelines were revised to exclusively order cremations for people who die or are suspected to have died as a result of contracting the COVID-19 virus. The government has not provided adequate or reasonable justification for departing from the WHO guidelines, which underlines concerns that the change was not necessary to protect public health.

For Sri Lanka’s Muslim community, which makes up nine per cent of the population, burials are considered to be a required part of the final rites in accordance with Islamic traditions.

The first Muslim death took place on 31 March, in Negombo, a town on Sri Lanka’s western coast, before the guidelines were revised to exclude burials. Despite protests by the relatives of the deceased, community leaders and Muslim politicians, a burial was blocked by the authorities, and a cremation took place instead. The second Muslim death happened on 1 April at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases and the person was cremated a day later despite efforts by the victim’s family and the Muslim community to carry out a burial.

The forced cremations have resurfaced fears that Sri Lanka’s Muslim minority community is being targeted by the authorities. Last year, the authorities did not intervene to stop attacks on Muslim-owned shops and homes by violent mobs and emergency regulations were abused to ban women wearing the face veil, in the aftermath of the  21 April bombings by an Islamist armed group that killed more than 250 people in attacks on three churches and three hotels in Sri Lanka.

Given the underlying religious and cultural sensitivities, Amnesty International urges the Government of Sri Lanka to ensure that religious rites and practices are respected as far as possible and in line with international guidelines; and any changes to guidelines involve prior consultation with the affected community.

“COVID-19 does not discriminate between groups. Its victims include people of all faiths and none. As it strikes almost every country in the world, the virus is showing that we are united by our common humanity. The only way to deal with this crisis is as one, united in our support for the health workers on the frontlines and people from all backgrounds who are at risk during the pandemic,” said Biraj Patnaik.

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    Very good. AI should make these buggers very clear, that all the guidelines should not work so that one ethnic group be above the other. To tell you, brother duo dont react sensitive enough with the dead in this country. This is not the first time. They dont have respect for the dead.
    This reminded me Rajapakshes murders until 2015. One young rugby player was murdered, burnt down, packed in a car to show that it happened by an accident… but all is revealed about the mruder, going beyond that JAMAL KHASHOGI s murder occured two years ago in Saudi Embassy in Turkey.

    Rjapakshes are mlechcha by every means, they would even market the dead parts of the dead if they are allowed to .. by a large portion of their supporters.
    They shoudl finally stop doing kind of MEDIA displayed based on the DEAD of sinhalaya, muslims or tamils. All should be treated equal.

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      @Buramphisincho,
      Just be more respectful, without summing all the Sinhalese with one go .
      Are you aware what bugger means ?
      It means those who engage in zoofillia .
      So be careful with the choice of words .

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        Nitzen,
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        Dont you know that BSincho has used the term to his knowledge ?.
        Other terms being used to name BROTHER duo and et al are BPs (Ballige Puthas). I think all these terms they deserve. Are there any high criminals in this country other than Rajaakshes in power ?

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          Stupid Sri Lankans.. when every other country struggles to treat patients and invent vaccines, here we’re fighting on cremation or burial.

          From the beginning I tell, Muslims shouldn’t have made it a big issue considering the situation.

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            Abdul,
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            They have never been ready to be civlized. ‘:
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            Senior Minister Hakeem too could think before leap. His FB comments were not right. By his irresponsible comments, he created lot more anxities in Muslim community.
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            And also the govt is also not powerful enough, even if we dreamt of Gotabaya be a real leadership.
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            He has confessed that he could not EVEN stop cancellation of ROYAL -Thomian big match.
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            Nor has HIS AUTHORITIES been able to CONTROL the arrivals in a consistent manner yet today.
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            Some have been sent home wihtout being subjected quarantining while others were forced to do so.

            Are theSE Rajapakshes brother BORN stupid people ?

            They play with the LIVEs of the innocient people.

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              But he was powerful enough to pardon a sadistic Tamil killer ,giving the impression killing of Tamils is fine. Now this with the Sri Lankan Muslims

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            Abdul@
            you are spot on.
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            As no other nation would do they only stay arguing or bashing at the other…
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            Any elected govt has not been able to come to a consensus even about on tiny issues.
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            Outsiders that look closely raise the question as to why srilankens in general take that long to bring reform to any prevailing laws ?
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            Now it is becoming clear, a NATION that would never able able to unite and pull it together.

            I think we are an UNLUCKY folk.

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              See even if anyone would have been caught by THE HIGH crimes,
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              they would be granted bail by LANKEN courts.
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              http://www.dailymirror.lk/print/front_page/Udayanga-Weeratunga-granted-bail/238-186177

              So why should the tax payers funds be wasted for COURT investigations ?
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              This country is a FAILURE STATE. We are very unlucky minority in this country.

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            Which means this Abdul Kader is a Sinhala Racist holding a fake Muslim pseudonym
            to condone SL Racist govts., WAR ON ISLAM.

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              This CREMATION OF MUSLIM victim’s bodies is a very serious matter as the whole world knows who this GOTA is and his brother MAHINDA. These two guys and the entire family of Rajapakses are thick anti Muslim racists who eats, drinks and enjoys a luxurious life due to the money that is pouring from the Muslim/Arab countries by way of foreign revenues. These is a leaked/ or deliberately leaked out video clip of the “The number one (racist) news media-Derana TV” where its ever racist CHATURA ALWIS having a break time discussion (in the political program) about the cremation of the dead Muslim bodies due to the fake Corona disease branding. They are laughing about it as a something they have triumphed against the Islamic culture and religious rites due to the state power which is in the hands of the Sinhala Therawada Racists ( Terror-waada Racists). Derana TV is a proxy channel of the Mass Murder accused President -Gota the goon. These guys are experienced in persecuting the Muslims with various means and methods. The cremation of Muslim dead bodies is being the latest tactic.

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                Chatura the racist was using propaganda against the Muslims as far back as 2010-2011 period. Chatura once in the Derana Aruna program was telling about how he is saddened by the Colombo population being minority communities dominating in numbers. The modern Islamophobia campaign is much older than that as when Upali Wijeyawardene started the Divaina and the Island newspapers, the attack on Muslims took a private media level project. After Upali’s disappearance his wife managed it to keep Super Anti Islamic and not a day was passed by without an anti Islamic writing / appearing in their newsprints. Upali’s wife once hinted on his death anniversary speech that Upali did a yeoman service to the Racists about reporting the danger faced by Sinhala’s by the Muslims. Its the indication that the Govigama Mafia Ruling Families gearing up for the persecution plans which is in full action after Rajapakses became the ruling Elites.

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              There is a very serious doubt about their adamancy to cremate when the WHO and most of the develop countries have stipulated the burials of Corona labelled dead bodies is a permissible rule. The serious doubt emerges as the deaths those two Muslims may have been to some other reasons, or they may have been clinically murdered due to the SINHALA BUDDHIST RACIST AGENDA of fighting Islam, could be investigated later on and the CREMATION of bodies will leave the chance of exhuming the bodies for later investigations. Since this Corona epidemic is a social/ political/ and a military weapon used against any targeted community or group of people. The Sinhala politicians and authorities, govt servants who are connected to the RAJAPAKSE MAFIA ORGANIZATION cannot be trusted even for a dime. They are very deceptive and criminals in nature. Lying is their first immediate nature of their selves. There is a BIG CONSPIRACY HATCHED against the Muslims. There were no Muslim doctor to verify the claims of the authorities. Even if they appoint one, that one will be kept under the point of a gun to lie for them. its such a fascist system which is functioning.

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              The DERANA TV and its racist management ( Sarath Amunugama family and the Rajapakse family as the owners) are playing the modern psychological warfare waged against the Muslims by employing super Sinhala Racists as their presenters and anchors in their programs in the likes of CHATURA ALWIS to make it a point to raise negative comments and building public opinion against ISLAM and the Muslims. The Rajapakse acolyte Mahindananda Aluthgamage ( a thief who have made billions out of state corruptions) discussing openly in favour of the denial of the civil rights to the Muslims without any fear nor remorse in their darkened evil hearts. This means they have a NEW PLAN against the Muslims. Its a GREEN SIGNAL to their terror gangs to get ready. This means that the Rajapakse regime is taking the War on Islam to the next level in trapping the Muslims in the CORONA FAKERY that has given them extra powers to maim and kill and escape without any damage to them. As everyone knows how they destroyed the Tamils and mass murdered most of them and escaped from even International Justice systems due to their high connections with the Israel and NATO agenda of turning the South Asia into an Anti Islamic block nations surrounding PAKISTAN & IRAN ( who are sleeping and doing nothing to the future dangers posing at them through India and Sri Lanka).

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              In the No 1 Racist channel – Derana TV news items, what they show is confirming the doubts to the “Sinhala Racism” Watch groups that they are playing a mind control tactic in always showing the Muslims as the Corona infected in most cases. Which also means that the Sinhala mind is bombarded with Muslim ladies, men and children being forcibly taken to the concentration camps/ sanitization centers to brand them fakely as Corona carriers to make the sum up to match their agenda of portraying Muslims as the number one culprits of spreading Corona. This way they can mind control the Sinhala’s to keep away from Muslims and to prevent any Muslim dead bodies to bury in the areas where Sinhala’s are living. The Gota setup is ever ready to release the racist mobs to create a sensation to prevent to bury the dead. By this Gita setup can claim it as a general public anger. These bastards are super criminals who are teaching other anti Islamic partner countries of how ISLAMOPHOBIA should be conducted. India’s BJP/RSS set up is doing exactly what Sinhala Racists have done or still doing it in Sri Lanka.

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                The other serious matter the 59 Muslim nations must investigate is HOW DID A PRIVATE TV station which is with a small budget compared to entirety of the Islamic nations, is managing to fight 1.8 billion Muslims and try to justify the cremation of 2 Muslim victims of SINHALA BUDDHIST ANTI MUSLIM CORONA POLITICS??? Who are they funding??? They have managed through the Law of the Land and Judicial system of Sri Lanka on inciting communal disharmony throughout decades and still nobody had challenged them legally to bring them to the books of shitty Sri Lankan law which is run by the very same criminals who are controlling it… The amazing thing is, almost all the GOVIGAMA RULING ELITE MAFIA Leadership have eerily connected to the law profession. How is that possible??? Why do they choose LAW profession as a preference unless it is a secret code of conduct amongst their members to keep the system under their feet by the loopholes of the law to commit massive crimes. They are killing and inciting the Sinhala’s to unleash violence to keep the nation divided on race, religion and caste lines for them to be on the top of the Pyramid… Dearana Racist TV has even evaded proper TAX payments.. and they are plotting against the TAX payers in inciting racism and violence. How is it possible?????

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              The campaign against the Muslims as hatched by the Racist Rajapakse association is much bigger than any ordinary guy think of. The mass murderer Shavendra Silva openly said whenever he refers to a news of a dead Muslim as “Muslim Manusayek” in the TV discussions to fan the flame of ISLAMOPHOBIA to instill in the dumb Sinhala mind that when they see the same Muslims in all their news as Corona victims, it can create a huge public anger towards the Muslims. This is how they created the anti Halal campaign, then Wanda Pethi – the fake Sterilization against Sinhala women by muslims campaign, the War against Muslim businesses, the Fake Wilpattu de forestation campaign, Ban against Burka and Muslim women’s attires, War against Doctor Shaffi fajely accusing him of sterilizing of Sinhala mothers, and now they have this new opportunity of CORONA which is s Golden Egg to completely deny any rights to the Muslims even at their death.
              And Muslim countries are still helping this SUPER RACIST ENEMY of Islam to make their comfortable living something which is not even blessed to the their fellow Muslims suffering all over the world.

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                The reason for alarm of this EVIL SINHALA THERAWADA WAR on ISLAM is that in INDIA, Hindutva terrorists of BJP/RSS did the same like in Sri Lanka. In recent years there was a campaign launched against the Muslim Restaurant businesses in Tamil Nadu created by the BJP propaganda team by warning the Hindus boycott Muslim eateries. The reason they fakely propagandised is the Dog meat is used for Mutton Biryanis they eat in the Muslim eateries. Also, the recent campaign where they said Muslims use sterilization to the food the Hindus eat from them—-THIS IS A Rajapakse campaign that was already been tested in Sri Lanka and the Muslims were battered on this false claim. The Govigama Ruling Elite Mafia were backing it with their heart and soul. The Clinical Murder they conducted on Kumarasiri ( the guy whom was fakely killed by Muslim youths ) who was actually killed in the hospital to make way for the start of the riots led by the Gnanasara terrorist and his gangs who are let loose by the Govigama Mafia Ruling Elites ( including the Sirisena and Ranil) to burn down Muslim properties and killing few Muslims over it.

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                  cry me a river, ( least) “radical ideas’

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                    The Govigama Ruling Elite Mafia has met its waterloo…. the end is near….

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              Radical Ideas,

              Not worried about being called a Sinhala racist, Tamil racist or Christian racist. I don’t see anybody waging war on Islam here. All I see is how extremism blinds you guys. Current situation is one out of a million, and the govt has set regulations, we must obey it. WHO might have guidelines, but local law comes above WHO.

              “One who obeys his authority, obeys me” – Allah says in Quran. What matters is not whether a dead body is cremated or buried. What really matters is all the good deeds he did while living in this world.

              How many of big mouthing selfish Muslim buggers like you have helped a poor person when he was really struggling in the life? And now, how many of you will even visit this dead person’s house to comfort his children and relatives? One thing for sure, Muslims, especially in SL, are utterly selfish, and would do anything for little personal gain. This burial issue was raised for few politician’s to gain publicity.

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                You are accepted being a Sinhala Racist going under a Muslim name and “Kader” was the clue that you got caught. Anyways, you cant teach the 59 Muslim countries all over the World and their INTELLIGENCE agencies how not to find what is going on SRI LANKA as the War on Islam. You, I and the whole world know what Bodu Bala Sena is and what their agenda is. Dont you remember when your Terrorist Monk Gnanasara openly declared that he was working for ISRAEL/ Mossas???? He said “ if Maligawatte is Gaza, We BBS are Israel”… what is the meaning behind it. Nobody said Maligawatte is Gaza… its his idea to make the claim of being the Agent of Israel by using a non sync uttering. The main enemy of Islam is Israel. Gnaney said he is Israel. Rajapakses are backing Gnaney, including Maithripala Sira and Ranil Wickremasinghe giving his silent nods in support when Gnaney was released from the jail term. Shan Wickremasinghe and daughter supporting Gota… you put all these puzzle pieces together and then you will see the Monster which is fighting Islam. Govigama Ruling Elites are showing all the signs of a Crypto Jew variety. The Donme’s who hide Jewish origin and live as other identities. Do the math and we have found the enemy….

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                Answering to your DUMB question: How many you big mouthing selfish Muslim buggers like you have helped a poor person when he was really struggling in the life? Yo POTTA SINHALA Racist BUGGER…. take your equipments and go to the SRI LANKA CENTRAL BANK statistics dept and ask them for a record of the last 35 a 40 years about the economy status. You will find 80% of the Revenue came from the Middle Eastern MUSLIM countries. They have provided jobs to Lankans beyond race or religion. Then go around the country and find out how many millions of Sinhalas including the ungratutude Sinhala Therewda racist buggers made millions earning from those jobs the “Muslim buggers” provided and how the Sinhala Racist govt., provided salaries to the Sinhala Racist govt servatns who always fight Islam and denigrate the local Muslims. You are ungrateful lot who shit on the plate that you eat. The Sinhala racist govt., would not have even won the fight against the LTTE if the coffer did not have money to spend on weaponry. They not only ran 40 years of governance with ample money to spend on killing the Tamils, the GOVIGAMA RULING ELITE bastards stolen Billions from it too… Do the math you shameless slut. Your life is run by Muslim money… you shitty bugger!

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                The day the Muslim countries find the serious extent the GOVIGAMA MAFIA RULING ELITE leaders plotted against the very same Muslims that helped these Sinhala Racist swines and the ways that they PERSECUTED THEIR BRETHRNS and realize that IT IS TOTALLY HARAAM and PUNISHABLE from the Islamic theology point to HELP THE SINHALA THERAWADA RACISTS who have burned down Muslim’s properties and doing everything to destroy their ECONOMY , CULTURE, RELIGION, they will IMPOSE a TOTAL EMBARGO on everything Sinhala. You bastards are pushing them to that direction and when that happens, the Rajapakses, Ratwattes, Gnanasaras, Madu Madawas, Mahindanandas, Chatura Alwis will bring you billions of dollars to save you from anarchy that will come afterwards. Also the Petroleum which might be necessary. You can squeeze Govigama Elite’s testicles to draw Petrol and Diesel.

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          For you thank for food:

          http://www.dailymirror.lk/print/front_page/Udayanga-Weeratunga-granted-bail/238-186177

          Even if your lovely ones would have been abducted, raped or murdered, nothing would work in this bloody country.
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          The collossal sums this BP Udayanga weerathunga to have robed out is beyond 14 millions of Dollars. Why on earth he be allowed to be set free ? The kind of men should be hung by their balls by bringin to Galle face green.

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        It is not polite usage here. But there are other meanings to it besides the original meaning.
        noun
        1. used as a term of abuse, especially for a man.
        2. a person who penetrates the anus of someone during sexual intercourse.
        verb
        1. penetrate the anus of (someone) during sexual intercourse.
        2. cause serious harm or trouble to.
        3. used to express annoyance or anger.

        It is so commonly used in this country without malice like: “Have you seen the bugger xxxx this morning?”

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      There was a stage drama called ‘Balloth Ekka Be’ (Can’t do anything because of dogs) that I watched at Malini Punchi Theatre, Borella. This is exactly what is happening in Sri Lanka.

      Four legged creatures will keep on barking but Rajapakshe caravan will move.

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      Most countries don’t allow burial of COVID-19 dead. SL is no exception.

      Take it or leave it.

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      Read WHO guidelines on burial. This is what it says. English.

      “People who have died from COVID-19 can be buried or cremated. Confirm national and local requirements that may dictate the handling and disposition of the remains.”

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    Who is Amnesty International to tell us what is right and what is wrong. The GOSL has listened to the medical practitioners and it’s their view that COVID 19 dead could emanate the virus even after death through burping and farting. And Muslims don’t have good manners even after death.

    The contagion can be devastating.

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      Yeah really, who are these international agencies to tell us what to do? They should just shut up and give us the charity we ask for, when we put our hand out for more aid again, like we always do. We always show our arrogance when we bite the hands that feed us.

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        Amnesty International giving aid? When was that? May be AIDS.

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      Hey Shamal Perera,
      I read only today in a scientific note that covid-19 doesn’t live in dead bodies, so it doesn’t matter whether a dead body is cremated or buried. However, gathering at these funerals is an issue. The gatherings has to strictly adhered to via social-distancing and should be enforced 100%. Your 8th standard educational background is good for take-away restaurants in Toronto but not for science. My simple questions to you is what has this go to do with the Muslims behavior, this is a pure minority racial bashing. Keep your bashing at the take-away outlet and go and line-up for govt handout. For sure you are not eligible for EI benefits, because you might have opted for underhand cash payments?

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        Velu,
        what Shemale would think and do is similar to that of an iliterate. He has not completed even schooling. He belongs to the category of Wimal Ponnawanshe.
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        Those days my elders shared me .. all those soldiers or other forces men are not even completed schooling upto grade 8.

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      Has Amnesty International ever given such instructions to Saudi Arabia on their treatment of persons of other faiths ?

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        Nosey Parker,

        AI keep on giving warnings to Saudi Arabia, and almost a regular thing, especially every time they execute someone. And Saudi Arabia always ignores it. Can we afford to do that? Saudi Arabia doesn’t care about their profile as long as there is oil. Sri Lanka has to maintain a good profile.

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        That you should ask Amnesty International and not from us.

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        Do you aspire to make this country another Saudi Arabia?

        When any decent person or organization gives constructive feedback, you consider it instead of shooting the messenger with lame one liners.

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        Nosey Parker,
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        why to shoot the messenger ? Why not we think twice why AI to have allowed to make such statments on our actions ? I remind the days prior to 2015.
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        Barbarian DUO would never let this nation to rise their head. I wish Barbarians be destroyed with COVID 19 than the innocient people. Mahinda Rajapakshe deservers to be caught by COVID.

        God bless srilanka.

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      YOU GUYS NEVER LEARN FROM THE WORLD. HOW CAN FROGS IN THE WELL KNOW WHAT HAPPENS AROUND THEM?

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      It is almighty’s wish. They do not obey almighty instead some desert habits.

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      COVID 19 dead could emanate the virus even after death through burping and Muslims don’t understand it. Catholics are cremated in Italy in mass scale. The Muslims should not think to themselves but think about the whole community.

      I appreciate the Govt. decision in cremating the dead bodies to avoid any virus contamination. if the Muslims doesn’t want to follow these rules they can pack up and go from where they come.

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        Sinhala Bauddhaya@

        Listen, who made the dead ceremonies their political displays ?.
        We from Europe see no civilized people would make use of the occasion to boast their treatments to the CORONA dead.
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        I think – had the govt been adherent to WORLD norms and let the people regardless of their ethnic backgrounds, be aware, enough… the danger before the dead, if they would be buried as usual… things would have gone different.
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        Instead -More awareness programs could OPEN the eyes of the average mindset.

        The PROBLEM has been, THE STATE does not seem to have a STATE sender to telecast SUCH crucial statments COVERING the credibility of the GOVT.
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        They the GOVT is obviously helpless today, because DERANA TV and HiRU TV are draging all the CRUCIAL statements by force. Govt seems to have lost the control over there.
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        As had been in 80ties, why dont the STATE allow STATE televisions to telecast the MOST important information.
        Why is that ?
        Media MAFIA have blackmails the RULERs for some reasons:

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        You need to present facts accurately without intentionally misleading readers just so your point of view looks good. It’s called a lie.
        In Italy, the family or the next of kin of the covid-19 victims have the option of burial or cremation.
        Cremation has always been a popular option in Italy.

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      Rtd. Lt. Reginald Shamal Perera,
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      Assalamu Alaikum (peace be upon you). Today, Amnesty Int’l has requested SL to stop forced cremations. But it’s a slap on every Sri Lankan and the govt also, why?
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      Only to SL, every now & then an international body, agency, UN, OIC, a developed country, even India have to interfere, advise, warn ,.etc. It is because few racist simpletons like you, have proved the world that you’re not eligible of handling your own matters without being supervised, interfered. They think Sri Lankans don’t know what’s peace, respect for human-being, unity among different communities, doubt even civilized. See, how they explain things like babies?
      .
      You can, like a Viraya and say you don’t care about them. Unfortunately, you can’t do that when you heavily depend on donors & other countries for survival. I really don’t want people like you, Chatura sitting around to tarnish my country any more. I think the best option, either reform yourself, or (if you’re 60+) go and assist the Corona infected patients at IDH.

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        Read WHO guidelines on burial. This is what it says. English.

        “People who have died from COVID-19 can be buried or cremated. Confirm national and local requirements that may dictate the handling and disposition of the remains.”

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      Are you a Doctor or a Retired Serviceman. First time I heard after death a dead body Farting and Burping. Being a retired personnel should have a better knowledge than talking nonsense. Respect every human being and be kind to all.

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        Mohideen! if you Muslims does not want to follow the rules and regulations of the health sector, pack up and go from where you came with your Muslim dead bodies and bury them there.

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      BS.
      Which medical practitioners?
      Load of rubbish.

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      Shame Perera.
      Check your head with a good doctor?

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      Then return to your genocidal paradise or basket case , instead of living the good life in Canada , as a refugee. Who is the international community to tell us! They are forced to because the island is now being ruled by a bunch of racist thugs , who were elected by a largely racist xenophobic Sinhalese majority. If the local population and racist cannot contain but happily go along with these racist thugs , then the international community have to step in. If you do not want the international community to interfere , do not go with a begging bowl to them for everything and then return and thump your chest, and preach racism and xenophobia

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        SSS what a nasty vicious person you are. Thank God most Tamils living in Sri Lanka are not like you. It is mainly the diaspora who write such tripe, still smarting over their defeat. Its difficult to believe that you are actually a warm blooded human being. Perhaps you are not. Perhaps you were shagged up against a wall in Pirampady and hatched by the sun.

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          Why does the truth hurt? Most Tamils in Sri Lanka and now even most Sri Lankan Muslims cannot speak the truth and are cowed down and threatened by state sponsored Sinhalese racism and terrorism , that is supported by the vast majority of the Sinhalese , who are brainwashed and racist, as their rulers. If they ever open their mouths , to protest or state the truth , they know the consequences, state sponsored violence unleashed upon them. So you find these largely meek Tamil and now Tamil Muslim population living in Sri Lanka, very pleasing as other than a few rebels most have been cowed down and trained to heel to their Sinhalese rulers and tormentors. It is the Tamil diaspora who can speak and fight on behalf of all these Tamil speaking people, as even the local Tamil and Sri Lankan Muslim politicians and elite do not care or are very corrupt or a feel cowed down and threatened , like their population. Stop hiding behind an English pseudonym so post your racist comments. Most Sinhalese are jealous, brainwashed , mean , narrow minded , xenophobic racist bunch. This is why they constantly vote for racist , criminals , thugs m, xenophobe rascals , who reflect them and their values. The vast majority the so called Sinhalese are not Aryans are descendants of North Indian migrants Aryan or non Aryan but a descended from largely low caste South Indian Tamil immigrants. Half of them from recent immigrants from South India. This is also a fact and if you do not like me stating the truth stiff. Keep on abusing me and hurling insults at me but I will keep on stating the truth.

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            SSS you wouldn’t know the truth if it crept up behind you and bit you on the backside. All you people know is how to abuse the majority. Everything you write is full of adjectives, rapist, genocidal, corrupt, racist, xenophobic…… When have you ever written anything pleasant?
            .
            How would you like it if every post by a Sinhalese did not refer to the LTTE or Tigers but instead referred to ‘the Tamils’ as suicide bombers, terrorists, slitters of throats, killers of babies, orphan makers, blood thieves, caste ridden, money grubbing, thala thelliahs? But the Sinhalese Buddhists do not do that.
            So high caste brahmin safe in the West, that’s what you are.

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      Ok, the truth will be known when one Sinhala Buddhist dies due to COVID 19.

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    Do you mean to say that gatherings at funerals should be allowed, against all advice to the contrary?

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      Hamlet,

      AI is not accountable to anybody. They can propose irresponsible measures that could lead to thousands of death but they are not accountable to the people of SL or the victims.

      So they can say anything. But no one should take it very seriously. Bottomline is no one should be wasting their bandwidth publishing these useless articles.

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        Hey Perera,
        Yes, AI is a toothless body, however, why on the earth your paradise go with begging bowls for $$$ to the same AI even for an ailmentlike such as you guys can not shit due to something. If there is no AI then your army, navy, police, the sinhala-buddhist racist thugs along with the saffron clad thugs would have done a thorough ethnic cleansing of the Tamils and Muslims in your paradise.

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          Velu Rasiah

          You have a good experience in ethnic cleansing that you performed it on Muslims in North & East. Don’t you?

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            Hello Latha,
            What kind of ethnic cleansing you are talking about? If they have not done a traitor job with the SL forces during the war, they could have lived happily there. Do you mean to say the traitor job with SL forces to cleanse the Tamils from N&E is alright during war time or any time? What was going on now in the East with Hizbella’s (as governor) ethnic cleansing of Tamils with the support of the SL forces and the majority community. Tell me one incident where the Muslim community stood with the Tamils to stop the colonization and sinhalization of fertile N&E. Or give me one incident where they stood for the rights for the use of the Tamil Language in N&E? They gave hidden support and encouraged the sinhalization of N&E and the implementation of sinhala only use in N&E.

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            Latha, the Tamil diaspora cannot write the words Sinhala or Buddhist without using racist, rapist, saffron clad and other insulting terms. This is the limit of their education. Lankan Tamils are completely unaware of what their relatives abroad post here. They are innocent victims of the diaspora cowards who ran away.

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              Hello Steven,
              The Tamil diaspora are the best educated people in SL, before they left N&E due to your stupid racist and rapist forces, the saffron clad thugs, with the 8th standard educational background including the president, prime minister, ministers, and MPs. The diaspora Tamils and their children and better and well educated in their adapted countries than your thuggish fellows for example in Italy ect. The SL Tamils are well aware of what is going in N&E and they are voiceless creatures now, because their every move is watched by your thuggish forces. If they raise their voice they are subdued by the forces. From where the hell mare writing your response? Have you ever been to N or E after the war in 2009? or before the war to write your stupid response?

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        Why are you wasting your time commenting on these useless articles.

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    What has Amnesty International got to do with the ways of disposal of dead bodies in a country due health reasons? This is a matter to be vetted by WHO.

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      Did you stop to think that AI has considered it?
      Do you know what WHO’s directive on this matter? WHO’s directives provide instructions for handling both burials and cremations because either option is fine. Yes, the choice is up to the family of the dead.
      Arm yourself with information; not empty rhetoric.

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    The fact that some muslims are making a big scene out of this burial vs cremation thing (at a time like this) shows you their mindset.
    Give them an inch-allah and they will take a mile

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    Amnesty International…. My Ass.

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    For Sri Lanka’s Muslim community, which makes up nine per cent of the population
    ————
    Only 9%? I find that very hard to believe. Even if it was true, they will jump to 99% in a very short period of time unless strict controls are placed on their reproductive behaviour.

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      Been reading conspiracy websites and anti Muslim propaganda again?
      Seems to have failed in Maths too.
      The ignorance shows.

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        You should research that what was happened to christian majority lebanon after 100 years after it’s creation

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          VADC, I bet even during this lengthy stay at home times with no shops to buy condoms, you won’t be able to do it.

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      Jegan

      “they will jump to 99% in a very short period of time unless strict controls are placed on their reproductive behaviour.”

      Did you look into Sinhala speaking people’s reproductive behaviour?
      Compare the their population growth rate to rest of the communities between 1900 and 2011.

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        You mean they use dick only….not brain…

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          Muthu, You have a dick? Where did you buy it?

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      Jegan I find yr comments hilarious. Instead of worrying about how many children people of all walks of life have, go forth and procreate as much as you can.
      Or are we to understand that your tools dont work?

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      That sounds like what one of Modi’s internet trolls would say.
      Yes, that disproved talking point about Muslims taking over countries, when scientifically, and statistically, the experts say otherwise.

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    The Muslims should learn to abide by the laws of the country . There cannot be any deviation. They have by not respecting the rules and regulations relating to COVID – 19. Several damn fools from Atulugama in Kaluara district, from Kandy District, from Maradana and Beruwala and Puttalam put the whole nation into caution. All these are Muslims. and they are most irresponsible fellows who should be condemned unreservedly. This idiotic obstinate fellows are responsible for the use of government drugs. The government should not listen to these fools.

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      For your information 87% of the COVID-19 patients are Sinhalese!

      Stop talking rubbish, just because the biased media keep on highlighting the minorities as culprits.

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        Shelton,
        exactly the truth, where there space is given, they the rulers make every effort to send the message across that MUSLIMS would not respect the laws and regulations…. this is what they called, JATHIWADHAYA tricks so that Rajapakshes could twist the gullible mindset of the BEETLE EATERs even more and grab their votes.

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        Shelton

        “For your information 87% of the COVID-19 patients are Sinhalese!”

        From Sinhala/Buddhist Field Marshal to Gota, …. Dayan to somass, Weerawansa to Helass …. all of them believe that since Sinhalese are the majority and by virtue of their sheer number they could do anything they want to and the minorities are suppose to put up with their “devil dancing”.

        Being the majority they too have to put up with their share of majority stupid people and naturally have more victims than other communities.

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    All minorities in world are happy to here Religious Minorities Must Have Their Final Rites Respected: accordibg to Amnesty Internat Authorities applyes to 53 Muslim country minorities.

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    Get our Sri Lankan medical expert from all communities to declare CORVID 19 goes on living on dead bodies and multiply when buried under the earth and also spread through ground water and let them also take legal responsibility of what they say.
    Let us take it from their until then all need to shutup, including Muslims .
    Period subject closed

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    where was Amnesty International when a Sri Lankan driver was punished in Saudi Arabia for listening pirith by giving 200 whip lashes & put him in prison for 2 years. Do they think only Muslim countries can do any barbaric act?

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      lathass

      “where was Amnesty International when a Sri Lankan driver was punished in Saudi Arabia for listening pirith by giving 200 whip lashes & put him in prison for 2 years. “

      Where were you when British nurse Naomi Coleman was arrested for having a tattoo of Buddha on her arm and being locked up in a Sri Lankan prison, being harassed by policemen, probably the most corrupt one?

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        Dear Native,

        I thought Nicole had Buddha tattooed on the leg.
        Even on the Arm it is not very good because under Corona Hygiene you have to wash it minimum 20 Secs , with Life Bouy every time you use it..

        How can it be the same as listening to Buddhas Teachings in Soprano style ,to purify the soul as well as protect it from bad things both mental and physical ..

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          KASmaalam K.A. Sumanasekera

          “I thought Nicole had Buddha tattooed on the leg.”

          Who is Nicole?
          Whether one has Buddha tattoos on one’s arm, bum or forehead it is none of policemen’s business nor yours.

          “How can it be the same as listening to Buddhas Teachings in Soprano style ,to purify the soul as well as protect it from bad things both mental and physical ..”

          Whatever form you want to follow/practice, the Awakened One’s teaching should be first liberated from your corrupted, violent, racist, …. Sinhala/Buddhism.

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        Vedda

        She was not locked up in any Sri Lankan prison. Don’t spread lies.

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          Lathass

          “She was not locked up in any Sri Lankan prison. Don’t spread lies.”

          Naomi Coleman, from Coventry, was detained for four days in April 2014.
          ….
          The court ruled there was “no legal basis” for her arrest and said she had been subject to “degrading treatment” by some officers and a prison guard.
          In particular, one guard had “made several lewd, obscene and disparaging remarks of a sexually-explicit nature” towards Ms Coleman, while some police officers had forced her to give them money.

          https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-41995069

          Smart ass, always fact check before you start typing.
          You must be a proud ass to remain ignorant all your life along with your fellow stupid Lankies.

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          LATHA,
          why you make every effort to stand against the truths ?.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fKwGKK8u5E
          .
          I know this brtisch woman was telling the truth about the harrasements set on her. I have no doubt, that the woman was locked up for days and interntional community stood against that act perpetrated by Ballige putha Putha Rajakshes then.

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            Simon De Silva

            Now you have given Lathass the evidence, in a few months she will come back and repeat the same stupid sentences.

            These smart asses are driven by their stupidity, hatred, misplaced loyalty, and ignorance, …. There is no hope for the these ignoramuses to wise up.

            This islanders have had ample opportunity to advance themselves over the past 70 years, sadly the smart ass patriots blame the victims rather than themselves.

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              Dear Native,
              .
              better let s ignore the woman ” Latha” who sounds to be no different ot our MOST KNOWN woman CHAMPAwathie.
              :
              Both obviously have much in common.
              :
              The other guy in that family is Pasqual.. they are dying to prove the other way around, even being oldest profession holders.
              :
              For them, no matter evidence is seen before them, but make every effort to clean the backsides of Rajanos.

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      My Gosh,
      .
      Latha G, are u comparing individual single incidents with those of acts being general done by all today ? Meaning, it is a matter of not having informed the people today, there are some relgious people would get upset going by the manner the dead bodies of their lovely ones being treated.
      Had the govt from the begining on made these people aware showing them the guidlines properly, nothing like that would come up…. or not. It is a matter of lack of proper awareness to the people yet today.
      :
      Lanken govt run by mlechcha duo brothers are only specialized in barbarism than any other areas. So as is the case in North korea, we the people regardless of our race religion or other factors have to suffer today for no reason.

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    Even among death, we are a divided nation

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      Jagath,
      .
      but people s beleive that they sinhala buddhists…
      .
      They cant come to a consensus let alone for the death… they the buddhagama followers quarel also for deaths. Is that the buddhism we learnt from true teachings of LORD buddha ?
      Where is the compassion, respect, dignity and other features of real buddhists gone ?
      :
      I have no doubt if the met people would have been informed well, going by the GUIDELINES issued by WHO or and other bodies, they would have to adhere to that or not ?

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    Hey bro, got something new. we should bury all at sea, as was done by yankees to bin laden.

    May be our yankee families take note

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      jagath

      “we should bury all at sea, as was done by yankees to bin laden.”

      The way things are, the man with a van Gota might get his Rana-viruses to bury his victims in Kalyani river. He is patiently bitting time until the General Elections

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      How many freaking deaths you buggers are talking about? 4 or 5 in 85 days of the Wuhan Virus from China? Dear Editor, Why are you dragging the other minorities in this important article to the Muslims. If people cannot comprehend the serious problem is for the Muslims who are c ertainly a 8 per cent important minority to this country and the next Parliament if and when there are elections to the Parliament, Provincial Councils, Munic ipalities, and Urban Councils. Why aren’t the Pandithayas talking about lack of transparency, democracy in Sri Lanka, and absolutely NO freaking Human Rights and Fundamental rights to the people, HR lawyers, Criminal lawyers or the courts and it’s staff. It is certainly humorous when you see ZERO statements from all the Pandithayas, and Mahanayakes who issue several and multiple statements on a plethora of subects on the drop of a hat, or a j……….

      Wake up and smell the coffee and freaking find out which family, friends and relatives are running this country and the Americans involved? All have KATTE PITTU like Ranil and catchers in their own tent and club!!!!!!
      They all collectively lead by a PATHOLA (Shameless one) screwed the country, together with Hizbullah and Daharan for the past 6 years and want to blame the other minority or the sleeping diaspora…..

      Donald Gnanakone
      From Sri Lanka an eyewitness to all the madness, and exploitation called Corona Corruption. !!!!!!!!!!

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      Abhaya Premawardena

      Brilliant
      Thanks for keeping it brief.
      Keep up your good work.

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    As much as we respect religious sentiments, Covid-19 respects no one, nor caste, race , religion , or social status. Therefore there should be only one rule for all dead through this virus.

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      Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist and Christians who were exposed to Covid-19 have been hiding from government medical system and law enforcement authorities. (I am not senselessly blaming anybody). But I have not seen any pictures that Army using fishing nets, like Chinese government used, to pick up the infected ones. Up to that Aanduwa is ok. No government is handing over the bodies to people. In that also Aanduwa did not do anything different. Aanduwa is operating under emergency. It is undertaking the ownership of bodies and cremating them with public expense. Then how much of the UN fundamental rights are left out here to debate? If no government in the world under UN is practicing a right, then that right does not practically exist.

      UNPyers are not going to talk in this matter, because they are negotiating for National Unity Government.

      The leader for this Kalabulu is Hakeem. But Hakeem said, during last Old Royal government, it was under Old King that Muslims led their happiest life in Lankawe History. If that is so, why Hakeem is not asking Muslims to bear this small irritation because Old King did everything to Muslims the way Hakeem wished for. Hakeem’s somersaults are unlimited to write. Hakeem has made a deal with Slap Party that after standing election separately and winning maximum number of Muslim MPs, he will join Slap Party. For that, he too, like Aanduwa, dividing the country to create another Kandy Digana Riots. There are prominent Muslims with Aanduwa. After November 2019, election, The President of ACLU, Mufti said it is Allah who sent King to Lankawe as a gift to Muslims. Ali Sabre, the proposed next Justice Minister, personally talked this matter with King and Old King and now recommending Muslims to leave the Covid-19 bodies with government. Ali Sabre, Ulama Party Moulana all is asking Muslims to accept government’s verdict. In that circumstance, where and how did International Amnesty found that Aanduwa is acting against the plea of Muslim leaders?

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      Steve

      “Covid-19 respects no one, nor caste, race , religion , or social status.”

      Covid-19 does not respect the racist constitution either, therefore it is imperative the schedule Chapter II – on Buddhism should be removed from Sri Lankan constitution 1978 alter its unitary nature.

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    I heard, in New York, they used NOT HUMANS but FRONT LOADERS to load dead bodies to the freezer truck..
    Sri Lankan govt, Army, health service have done a good job and have contained it. DO NOT SCREW IT UP.
    Many developed countries were careless and lackadaisical. Now, DETROIT and PENSYLVANIA are scares they would go through the same experience.

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      @JD, bugger you are always hearing things!

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    ‘Sri Lanka’s authorities must respect the right of religious minorities . . . ‘

    Rubbish! Not just the minorities, but the rights of EVERY CITIZEN must be respected, and burial arrangements must be left to next of kin. I do not think that even President Gotabaya plans on being Big Brother to every Sri Lankan citizen.

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      Spring Koha

      “I do not think that even President Gotabaya plans on being Big Brother to every Sri Lankan citizen.”

      Even if Gota may not be interested being Big Brother we should not underestimate his Goons, Shavendra, Kamal Gunaratne, ………….. and other cronies, Wimal, …. Gnanasara, ….
      Are you maintaining social distancing?

      Take Care.

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        Native Vedda

        Thank You for your kind sentiments.

        I am, as always, keeping a good distance away from fellow members of our mad and vexatious species.

        This is a time of madness, and it is good to stay isolated.

        You keep well, take care, and most of all preserve your sanity.

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        Are you in pain because they killed your dear leader?

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          Black box

          “Are you in pain because they killed your dear leader?”

          Which one are you referring to

          SWRD Pandaranayakam
          Lalith Athulath S**t Bomb Mudali
          R Premadasa
          Dutta Gamani
          Ranjan Wijeratne
          Rohana Wijeweera
          Vijaya Kumaranatunga
          ….
          ….
          ….

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      Gotabaya is proved to be the big brother to all high criminals.. remember ?
      How he commanded the army or police asking them to kill the prisoners, journalists, and players and all …
      .
      Alone those monthers grieving today – tremouring colombo soils… would tell you more… how those 11 youth were abducted and gunned down.
      :
      I now question, what on earth the GODs to… leaving the high criminals lot more support to continue their usual business.. These high criminals deserves to be dead togoing beyond the manner, the COVID 19 patients are made to face.
      :
      That is very unfair this world… I dont trust any religions today. .Life is just a reaction only. … we are born, and we will have go… after the physical forces are no longer existent.

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    International Amnesty’s statement may sound impartial, but it is irrational. We can’t bring here out everything happened in-between Lankawe and AI. But let us point out the ones related to Covid-19.
    Jaffna district until now had only one infection reported. There were six others had same situation. But Jaffna was under full curfew, but none others. There five others, they all had more than 5 infections. But there was Rapist Army harassment only at Jaffna. Jaffna District has logged many thousands more food shortage complains than many other highly populated Districts. Aanduwa did nothing to that complains. Where was the AI to talk about these all these time? Combing the long hair in front of the beauty mirror? Now it is dancing on the high toe for dead people’s body, but do not wanted to talk about the livings’ sufferings. All religions bury, but only Hindus burns. Aanduwa, so far didn’t allow any different procedure for any religions. So can I ask AI, that it is talking only in this matter but neglecting Tamils matters, is that Aanduwa is following senseless impartiality or AI is following senseless impartiality.

    WHO has clearly indicated in its statement that it prefers burning, instead burying. But it has not ruled out that there is no safe way of burying too. So, if has indicated, if the buying has to be safe, how to handle it. It did not go prescribe germs free burning, but said further, while cremating, not to use excess fire materials and spoil environment and preferably use electric incinerations to avoid produce excessive gas. Then, why the AI is convoluting the WHO’s report?

    North and East are the poorest areas in the country. Lankawe Aanduwas are known for their inhuman cruel treatments to minorities. During AI supported Lankawe’s Genocide war without witness, Aanduwa used food and medicine as war weapons. Instead AI beating the dead snake, can AI check to see if enough medicine and food supplies are provided to Tamils areas.

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    Where was #AmnmstyInternational when #ExtremIslamists blew up 300 non Muslims by #EasterSundayAttacks in #SriLanka? Had #AI a voice for those victims burial rites or loss of their lives?

    Should Govt of SL (GOSL) compromise safety of other communities by respecting burial rites of Muslims and let spread Coronavirus?

    According to health experts cremation is the best option for all communities. There are Buddhists, Catholics and other groups who want to burry the dead and their rites are also violated here . Why then #AI talks only about Muslims rites? 😮

    Perhaps AI wants to discourage GoSL because GOSL fights better than #US and #EU against Coronavirus. Same thing happened during and after eliminating #LTTE terrorism because GOSL did a better job than US and EU in fighting terrorism (talking of rights of terrorists when terrorists were defeating).

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      Where were they when the Rajapaksa’s killed civilians who were protesting their contaminated water in Rathupaswala? Where were they when saffron robed terrorists went around attacking Mosques, Churches, businesses, and homes, belonging to the minority? Where were they when Sinhala mobs killed Muslims inside a Mosque? Where, where where?

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      Nalin Panditha

      “Where was #AmnmstyInternational when #ExtremIslamists blew up 300 non Muslims by #EasterSundayAttacks in #SriLanka?”

      Did you really look for existence of AI in April 2019?
      Stop asking stupid questions.
      Pull your head from wherever it is now and read the report on the following link.

      Sri Lanka: Solidarity with the victims, unity against the forces of hatred
      https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/04/sri-lanka-solidarity-with-the-victims-unity-against-the-forces-of-hatred-1/

      What a sad case of dumbass.

      Did you read any of the AI reports on human rights violations in Sri Lanka. You could start with accessing those reports first then demand actions on the part of AI on other conflict areas.

      Tell me why do you ignorant racists ask stupid questions all the time?
      Do you really think your partner will be impressed with your typing?

      “Perhaps AI wants to discourage GoSL because GOSL fights better than #US and #EU against Coronavirus. “

      Oh is it?

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    This is a useless article. Give some money to Amnesty International. They would issue their orders saying Sri lanka must burn every muslim body as they are MEAT EATERS so are HEAVY Covid-19 virus careers.
    An Interesting article us ALL THE BOND SCAM PROFIT TAKERS – they got Rs three million or it’s multiples (some got 300 million), they instead of crying out loud about civilians, should distribute that money among people as most are now unemployed and cash strapped. What they keep is peoples’ money cheated from banks and ETF/EPFs.

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    Amnesty International need to mind their own business.
    With Western pay masters funds to cover up their sins rake up anything in a third world Country
    cover up 01st world sins.
    In Europe leaving elders to die, is there no rights for such people just because they are elders?

    Amnesty International, there are better things to poke your fingers in the 01st World Countries as to what is taking place.
    WILL YOU MIND YOUR BUSINESS B*GGER OFF FROM SRI LANKA.
    AI CAN PLAY BALL WITH ISIS OR WITH LTTE IN THE WEST INDIES.

    These double tongue Human Rights saviours………. Coughing for $$$$$$ onbehalf of the West

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      Thondamany

      “Amnesty International need to mind their own business.”

      Don’t you think little islanders too must mind their own business rather than frequently commenting on Hindian’s toilet habits?

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    Sri Lanka is lucky, at this time, the president is not any crooks from the parliament, but some one WHO has military experience and is a task master (MANY COUNTRIES ARE USING THEIR MILITARIES) . Another point if the provincial govts were active and if they were allowed to govern the way they want, Sri Lanka would have been a mess. Then the president would have to cry out loud saying ministers are not listening to me. PM would import every thing from outside as their it is cheaper. IMF would right now offices are closed, new York is locked down by they themselves and by the govt.
    Now, i see the curse of having a federal gOvt for the small island and having 9000 active politicians. Even 224 are trying their best to screw up because every time they want a piece of the cake look for ways to become the MUDUNAA.

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    Remember the occupation of a Hindu temple in the Kokulai/Kokuthiduvai, Manal Aru in Mullaitheevu district by a Buddhist monk after Black July 1983. This was to show authority over the second class citizens Tamils.
    In September 2019, the monk died and MR/GR sent Gnanasara Thero and Bodu Bala Sena to deal with issues – if any.
    Much to the chagrin of locals, the remains was cremated in the temple premises. .

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    Corona Virus is not discriminating between religions majority and religious minorities. So, if muslims want to protect what is written in Quran, others have to die in order to protect Islamic beliefs.

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    There thousand died in most countries what was there code of burial conduct the ashes of cremated body can cause new virus or fumes inhale in its surrounding

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    when Wahbis blew up Catholics and Evangelists, that was body mutilation. I think ALMIGHTY liked that as it was non-believers.

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      There are lot of aged who take regular medicine for various ailments , I was told most of them have no access to medicines Island wide and one lady was asked to.whstsApp her prescription by Ragama Osusala and they never got back

      I think the curfew is not working , it is going to create greater problems .
      Not all people are getting their essentials, I got a call from Karupupana and they say some families have nothing to eat for days.
      What I fear most is , ( God forbid) there are people with severe terminal illnesses , diabetes, BP , kidney problems , liver problems and many others that need regular medicines If they continuously
      Miss their doses what would happen? Can our government hospitals handle a sudden surge of severely urgent care patients in thousands?
      Then those who are hungry,.hunger see nothing and we never know how people may react.

      Mrs.Bandaranayake’s only mistake was neglecting the people’s need of food .
      People are upset , They say mining licence are renewed and given.prominence while the sick.is denied medicine and the hungry is denied food.
      I.think The government need consider lifting the curfew and quarantining people who are suspected of risk to Covid 19 within their houses and open Up the Country but with restriction.
      Let home deliveries travel freely , and supermarket shops and pharmacies , but endorse a strict law, allow only one person in a family to go and purchase and reduce the opening hours .
      People are agitated and grieved
      May peace be to you and AYUBOWAN.

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    Amnesty International ! Did you issue same warning to Italy where more than 3000 Muslims were cremated recently ?
    Did you bother when Bush and company we’re butchering 140000 civilians in Iraq?
    Nonsense! These dogs and bitches bark only at SL!

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      Are you a Doctor or a Retired Serviceman. First time I heard after death a dead body Farting and Burping. Being a retired personnel should have a better knowledge than talking nonsense. Respect every human being and be kind to all.

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        Joined when TV and newspaper ads called for fighters. Somewhere he said, only 2 years spent in service, then got sacked as disciplinary action. Now sounds a nut case

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        Hellow Mohideen,
        Yes, dead bodies release air (foul-smelling) from all orifices.
        Refer to: https://www.thehealthy.com/bodies/things-that-happen-to-your-body-after-you-die/

        Cremation is Standard Operating Procedure – regardless of religious affiliations. One wonders if there is any value in these discussions apart from experiencing a sense of pleasure insulting each other!!

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        Mohideen,
        Rtd Reginald S Perera is a nut case.
        Don’t take is seriously.

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      Karunanayake

      “Did you bother when Bush and company we’re butchering 140000 civilians in Iraq?
      Nonsense!”

      Have you ever made an effort to scan AI international website?

      Stop being a lazy smart ass patriotic bum and read the following:

      Iraq
      One year on the human rights situation remains dire
      https://www.amnesty.org/download/Documents/100000/mde140062004en.pdf

      Also stop sitting on your brain.
      There are numerous reports on all countries.

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    Is this AI affiliated to the WHO?.

    Mr Rauf Hakeem the new UNP Muslim Faction Leader demanded the PM Mahinda ,that Mr Hakeem followers must be given the Corpses of the Muslim Corona Victims to be buried by themselves.

    Mr Hakeem was reading from the WHO guidelines on Corona to prove to the All Part Conference that there is nothing there to prevent Mr Hakeem and his followers practicing their Sharia Rituals ….

    For AI to come out hot on the heels of Mr Hakeem , I thought the AI has gained expertise on this Muslim Burial practices as well .

    To tell us there is nothing to worry about the great danger and risks of these Corpses spreading the virus in the poor other community inhabitants, who live in crowded poor Housing estates all over the South.

    If AI is so confident, will they also advise London , Rome, Paris , and New York about those Muslim Burial Rights where there must be some Muslims among those many thousands who lose their dear lives to this dreadful decease , which is becoming the biggest plague in the modern history..

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      KASmaalam K.A. Sumanasekera

      “If AI is so confident, will they also advise London , Rome, Paris , and New York about those Muslim Burial Rights where there must be some Muslims among those many thousands who lose their dear lives to this dreadful decease ,………………….”

      Are you in funeral director (undertaker, mortician,.. ) business having branches in London , Rome, Paris , and New York?
      Congrats, good luck with your business.

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        Dear Native,

        You have responded to nearly every comment here which disagreed with AI .
        -.
        I am surprised how and where you get so much energy to protect AI and its attempts to give a helping hand to Rauf Hakeem and his Buddies to score some political points among his clan in the South as well as the UNP at the Election, using the corpses of the poor Corona Victims..-

        With the infection at 200000 and the death rate over 8000 it looks worse in US than even Italy .

        Thank God our new Prez is keeping it under 150 with lock downs and Curfews..
        And Feeding our inhabitant population , mainly the Sinhala Buddhist poor , among whom nearly 30% live under the Poverty Line who do not have a Cash Flow..

        We must thank the great Chinese Govt for granting that one Billion USD and three Billion Renminbi credit line to our President .to feed our inhabitants and treat the Corona Victims and save the Nation one more time..

        I hope your Eelaam PM Dr Kumran is keeping safe and well in New Jersey.

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          KASmaalam K.A. Sumanasekera

          “You have responded to nearly every comment here which disagreed with AI .”

          Not really.
          I disagreed with those dumasses who never factcheck before typing their patriotic garbage. You are rest assured I will continue to do so.
          Please refer to my response to Karunanayake on 4 Apr 2020, which is on page 2 of the comment section.

          “With the infection at 200000 and the death rate over 8000 it looks worse in US than even Italy .”

          You sound happy and want to celebrate the achievements of Coronavirus like you gloat and glorify Rana-viruses’ record between 1971 and 2015?

          Do you want Gota to send in his Rana-viruses to fight Corona-virus in the USA under the command of Shavendra who knows New York city better than any Southerner?

          “among whom nearly 30% live under the Poverty Line who do not have a Cash Flow..”

          This is the sad outcome of patriotic Sinhala/Buddhist state, managed by Sinhala/Buddhist politicians, Sinhala/Buddhist functionaries, ….. influenced by Sinhala/Buddhist saffron brigade, Sinhala/Buddhist media, …………….. and the ignorant asses who support them.

          “We must thank the great Chinese Govt for granting that one Billion USD and three Billion Renminbi credit line to our President .to feed our inhabitants and treat the Corona Victims and save the Nation one more time..”

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            KASmaalam K.A. Sumanasekera

            “We must thank the great Chinese Govt for granting that one Billion USD and three Billion Renminbi credit line to our President .to feed our inhabitants and treat the Corona Victims and save the Nation one more time..”

            China to extend only $500mn ‘assistance’ to Sri Lanka.
            It was only a promise made by Chinese three weeks ago. As usual I have seen no evidence to confirm your stated amount of One billion dollars and three billion. Instead Chinese have send some face masks.

            By the way what is the catch?
            Did you check the small prints in the loan agreement?
            Which part of this island is targeted by the peacefully rising Middle Kingdom, you know China is a piece loving country, piece of land from every neighbour, Sri Lanka, South China sea,…..

            The country will be stripped of every asset, including your amude.
            What did the clan do with $550 million that Hindian gave a couple of months ago. Do you have any new money laundering havens where they could bury their unearned wealth, probably in one of these havens, Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, the Cook Islands, Dominica, Israel, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, the Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Panama, the Philippines, Russia, St. Kitts and Nevis and St. Vincent, the Grenadines.. Seychelles.

            “I hope your Eelaam PM Dr Kumran is keeping safe and well in New Jersey.”

            The “roving bandits” Gota (the man with a van) and Mahinda praying to all Hindu gods for the safety and well being of your brethren Ruthrakumaran, and members of BTF, GTF, ABCD, DEFG, GHIJ, ………………. when they tighten the noose on ordinary people, they need some imagined enemy to justify their brutal rule.

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              Dear Native,

              Thanks for the response…What can I do without you, to kill the boredom until I get over this Isolation and Lock Down .
              And hit the Golf Course..

              You stay safe , Avoid the crowds at those Dosai Joints, Wear a Mask even made of a Hankies and keep writing..

              Pity you are not in Colombo. Otherwise I would have dropped a few Bottles of Red .

              BTW tell me Native, Could this COVID-19 a Virus from one the Super Powers Biological Weapons Arsenal?..
              Which escaped due to clumsiness?.
              Or one of those big ass Intelligence Agencies dropped a Capsule in a Wet Market?.

              Hard to believe the Virologists didn’t have covered all strains of the Flu Virus when building those Biological Weapons of Mass Destruction…

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                KASmaalam K.A. Sumanasekera

                “BTW tell me Native, Could this COVID-19 a Virus from one the Super Powers Biological Weapons Arsenal?..”

                Did coronavirus come from a ‘biological weapons programme’?
                Another baseless theory that has appeared on social media is the suggestion that the virus is linked to a “covert biological weapons programme” in Wuhan or that it was smuggled from a Canadian laboratory.
                Both claims have no evidence to support them.
                The Canadian laboratory in question is the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg, which in 2013 investigated a new cluster of coronavirus infections.
                However, as mentioned earlier, there are many types of coronavirus and in this case the lab was examining MERS (Middle East respiratory syndrome).
                As for the supposed Chinese programme, some have linked the Wuhan National Biosafety Laboratory – a maximum security biolab which studies “the world’s most dangerous pathogens” – to a Chinese biological warfare programme, but China has denied having such a programme and the link between the lab and this outbreak of coronavirus is unproven.
                The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said early reports suggest the virus originated at a seafood and animal market in Wuhan.
                Both the CDC and the World Health Organisation are still investigating the cause of the outbreak, but neither have suggested it is related to biological weapons.

                https://www.independent.co.uk/infact/coronavirus-outbreak-conspiracy-theories-fake-news-china-wuhan-vaccine-a9308321.html

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    This is not a matter within the purview of the AI since the very purpose of setting it up is for a different objective and this deviation gives rise to suspicion that it talking to cater certain interests thereby reducing its credibility. I stress that this is a very sensitive issue and I am for the position that the dead must be accorded the rites of the choice of the respective community wherever it is possible. Don’t forget the fact that the disposition of a dead body is entirely in the hands of the state and the relatives or the community is allowed to conduct funeral rites not as a matter of right. Take the case of condemned prisoners executed. In independent Ceylon there were instances where the executed body was not handed over to relatives and cremated by the state and the ashes thrown into the sea. In most cases of executed dead bodies it is a condition of release of the body to the relatives that it should not be for public display and the rites must be conducted within a few hours. The current WHO recommendations are that the final disposition of any death due to infectious disease is either cremation or a burial where the depth of the grave exceeds 8 feet. With regard to burials there could be problems involving the water table and the rest of the community may protest if ever a burial takes place due to fears of spread of the infection. I know that it is “Haram” for anybody who is mandated to follow a certain way in conducting funeral rites to agree for a deviation from that way. I feel sad about the situation but I cannot make the allegation that this is done deliberately to undermine a community.

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      Good Sense

      “This is not a matter within the purview of the AI since the very purpose of setting it up is for a different objective and this deviation gives rise to suspicion that it talking to cater certain interests thereby reducing its credibility.”

      About Amnesty
      We are Amnesty International UK. We work to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied.

      As a global movement of over seven million people, Amnesty International is the world’s largest grassroots human rights organisation.

      We investigate and expose abuses, educate and mobilise the public, and help transform societies to create a safer, more just world. We received the Nobel Peace Prize for our life-saving work.

      https://www.amnesty.org.uk/issues/About-Amnesty

      What are human rights?
      Human rights are the fundamental rights and freedoms that belong to every single one of us, anywhere in the world. Human rights apply no matter where you are from, what you believe in, or how you choose to live your life.

      Human rights can never be taken away, but they can sometimes be restricted – for example if a person breaks the law, or in the interests of national security. These rights and freedoms are based on values like dignity, fairness, equality, respect and independence. But human rights are not just abstract concepts – they are defined and protected by law.

      Good Sense
      The above is excerpts from AI website in order to put some sense into to your parochial mindset.

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        My Dear Native, Was that the original reason for setting up the AI. What is now in the website is an extended set of objectives to interfere in weak states like Sri Lanka. Had they continued with the original objective of abolition of death penalty and extending perhaps to cruel and degrading punishments such as amputation of limbs and flogging I have no problems there. How if Justice, equality etc are now their modified business agenda how many times have they intervened in the US itself (Considered the most powerful nation on earth). HARDLY ANY TO THE PROPORTION IT TAKES PLACE.

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          Good Sense

          “Was that the original reason for setting up the AI. What is now in the website is an extended set of objectives to interfere in weak states like Sri Lanka.”

          Have you ever compared Ceylon constitution (1948) and the present constitutions (1978) with all the amendments? Do you see any any differences between the original one and the current one, if you do could you explain to us as to why the original has been drastically modified?

          ” How if Justice, equality etc are now their modified business agenda how many times have they intervened in the US itself (Considered the most powerful nation on earth).”

          Have you checked all their reports/recommendations/ …. since its inception?
          Protesters outside the American embassy in London demanding the closure of the U.S. detention camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba; January 2008.
          https://www.britannica.com/topic/Amnesty-International

          If you need information you have to sit on your bum and search for it. AI has about 3050 reports on its website.

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