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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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    This is happening in Italy has Amnesty International called on the Italian government?

    Amnesty International is a biast organisation.

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      Italy has the third largest economy in the EU. They don’t expect handouts from the international community, like we do.
      You ask for charity, you have to expect to be reprimanded. If you want to act arrogant, don’t ask for charity. Simple.

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        You clearly haven’t been in touch with global events for the last decade at least! Italian solvency has been in question for at least that long (aka sourcing charity). If your not aware of what’s happening globally, you should stick to just reading vs. portraying your ignorance by commenting!

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        Manel,

        Italy is the beggar in EU.
        The highest revenue comes from Mafia related businesses.
        Gota is good with China we don’t need handouts from EU and Mafia infested failed states.
        China is now training Italy to bring down the Covet -19 Pandemic.
        Only people like you that earn your living from NGO s bow down to the Western NGO Mafia shame on you.

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          Citizen Silva

          Even after bow down to all the NGOs in the world, so far nothing they have gained. Now only passing off their frustration by letting down others.

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          “Italy is the beggar in EU”

          But that beggar’s brands, Lamborghini and Ferrari, are worshiped by our riches and rich politicians. Only few can still afford. Now, you see our own place?

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          If Italy is a beggar than we are dirt poor paupers. If you had any intelligence to research, you will find it has the third largest economy in the EU….what are we then?

    • 8
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      Not really, Italian case is totally different as they couldn’t cope with the causalities. In Sri Lanka it has been done through the blessings of racist politicians to hurt the feelings of a particular community, Muslims. In Sri Lanka dignified burial can easily take place. There is NO need to cremate. But arrogance and dictatorship rule here. Wait and see what disgrace and loss Sri Lanka Lanka is going to cop for this. These evil politicians and racist officers have to go by Coronavirus or by divine curse.

      • 2
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        Sirisena

        How many long years were you waited and see? How many more years have you got? Go on cursing until the end of your cursed life. Disgusting creatures.

    • 10
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      Many are made to believe that Muslims only would stand against the curfew guidelines.
      :
      But reports say over 11 000 are caught to have violated sofar. Are all these muslims ?
      No, majority of them should be OUR BALLIGE PUTHas::: SINHALAYA.
      or not
      http://www.dailymirror.lk/breaking_news/Over-11-000-arrested-for-curfew-violation/108-186159

      • 2
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        Ballige Putha Sam Fernando

        You use the name SF because you are another Ballige Putha?

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          Latha@ how dare you compare me with those who sucked the blood of the nation, time to time ? I have not taken a cent from SL govt or the tax payers funds for the last 30 years… nor am I living in the country. …
          .
          The terms that we are used to name them are more than meaningful going by the huge damages that they made deliberately over the decades. Please remove your biased specs and see it on behalf of the destitute of my country. Then you will perhaps see it.. else, you belong to the category of ULTRA racist-EAGLE eye or the like stupid men or women.

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          Latha,

          The distribution is bimodal. SF is referring to those who fall into the BP category mode.

    • 7
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      Current POLITICIANS in power are making every effort to bring their pills filled with EXTREMIISM and racism,
      .
      while,
      .
      world reaserchers ve been struggling to find pills against COVID-19
      .
      How WISE our LEADERs have been ? SHAME ON US SINHALAYAs as the majority of this beautiful island (but filled with over 50% of sinhala racists)

    • 9
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      Victor iwan acknolweges that the people were not racial at the time TSUNAMI hit the island nation in 2004.
      .
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7HiMfPbROo.
      .
      I think RODI Rajakashes would ruin this nation in their second EPISODE.
      .

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      Citizen Silva

      “This is happening in Italy has Amnesty International called on the Italian government?”

      Are you going to solve all their (Italian) problems?
      Please do learn to limit your observations to your silly country.
      AI might or might not report on Italy.
      That’s not your business.

      “Amnesty International is a biast organisation.”

      Look who’s talking!!!

      • 5
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        Vedda,
        So still you are trying hard to win Tamil Elam with the blessings of biast International organisations like AI?
        F off.

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          Citizen Silva
          A descendant of Kallathonie from South India

          “So still you are trying hard to win Tamil Elam with the blessings of biast International organisations like AI?”

          So you think those who don’t agree with you (or the clan) are trying to win Tamil Eelam, by getting blessing from International organisations. What a pathetic little creature you are.

          It’s not up to the International Organisations to carve out Eelam from this island, you should get consent from Hindian.
          Please stop being a complete fool.

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            Atleast now you are enlightened.

    • 3
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      AI is a tool of the Wester nations that promotes the Divide and Rule strategy to exploit resources of developing nations by dividing their populations. The strategy was extensively used by parasitic colonists like England, France, Spain, Holland to bring misery, starvation, death, rape to millions in Asia and Africa. And they became rich. Are they really interested in the welfare of Muslims in Sri Lanka whilst they continue to butcher Muslims in Libya, Iraq and Iran? Like them Italy is exempt from AI’s scrutiny. Mongrels!

  • 23
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    AI can go and f*** themselves. The rules impact everyone including faith based majority too. There’s no “pansakula” for Buddhists who die due to COVID-19. Are minorities special species? Is it that majorities have enough “buffers” in numbers and they can absorb more pain than minorities? This is a pandemic even the best experts are unable to provide definitive answers. At the beginning some experts said “healthy” people don’t need to wear face protective masks. But many countries imposed wearing masks in public places regardless. Is AI suggesting that was draconian impeding personal liberty? If those buggers at AI don’t have a job we suggest them to keep quiet in self isolation rather than trying to show fake expertise.

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      As someone who has no religion, it is a case for compassion, at a difficult time for the family, there are always ways to do things properly and sympathetically as a grieving time for the relatives.
      o
      Open your hearts now , division serves no purpose.
      The tone of your language is horrific.
      Have a heart, because now we all need hearts to help each other out.

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        This is the beginning of China style government , mostly not to control the minority , They just proved how easy to tame Muslims refuse their most religion matter
        It’s designed to handle the uncontrollable.
        If 2/3rd is gained , . .

        Next 50 years Sri Lanka will become a small China

        I think it be v. good and develop the country, because all business be control under government same like China .7

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      Helass

      “AI can go and f*** themselves.”

      There is a lot to be f***ed. How do you propose AI should systemically do it, do you have a master plan in hand?

      By the way don’t you see, feel, hear, smell …. the entire state and its rulers have been f*****g the people in the front, back, up, down, left right and centre?

      Are you a Zombie or what?

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      “If those buggers at AI don’t have a job we suggest them to keep quiet in self isolation rather than trying to show fake expertise.”

      I am sure at the last count the number of those who have no jobs or have jobs but don’t work stood at 6,924,255.

      “But many countries imposed wearing masks in public places regardless. Is AI suggesting that was draconian impeding personal liberty?”

      You were the first ones to protest against Muslim women wearing face mask. You can’t have it both ways. Don’t you think you are being silly.

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        A Dumb Ass the Native Vedda, He should be in Bintenna living in a cave!

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          jayanthi pathberiya

          “A Dumb Ass the Native Vedda, He should be in Bintenna living in a cave!”

          When did Gota appoint you as his new b***s carrier, in charge of ethnic cleansing? As Kallathonie descendant from South India you should have been deported back to your ancestral home in coromandel coast or Erivirar Pattinam.

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        Vedda

        “You were the first ones to protest against Muslim women wearing face mask”

        Are you referring to the incident that Tamil parents protests against Muslim teachers traditional long dress or continuous Tamil protest in the East regarding their face mask?

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          lathass

          “Are you referring to the incident that Tamil parents protests against Muslim teachers traditional long dress or continuous Tamil protest in the East regarding their face mask?”

          What is the difference between you and your Tamil distant relatives, both descendants of Kallathonies from south India and both share the stupid gene anyway?

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        veddas,

        Don’t show your dumbness with silly arguments……

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          Helass

          “Don’t show your dumbness with silly arguments……”

          What was my argument and which part you don’t understand and believe it’s silly argument?

  • 9
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    Amnesty International has a limited mandated of protecting prisoners of conscience and the right to life.. Amnesty dilutes its voice when it gets involved in general human rights issues, even if proper. In this case, the comments provoked against Amnestying are an unnecessary consequence of Amnesty straying from its field. The statement, as to be expected, has released unfortunate racial taunts, revealing the nature of some people in Sri Lanka. Let us hope that the good people of Sri Lanka will emerge to resist such tendencies.

    • 0
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      It looks like they are coming back to their usual business because corona virus will be ending within few weeks . Then, you will be start to hearing of Tamil Tigers virus again in 24-hour world news.

      Just Warning! Sinhalese NEED TO ESTABLISH A FULL SINHALSE GOVERMENT AND START TO FINISH OFF Tamil tiger’s WESTERN ESTALBISHMENT. AND IF YOU DON’T, SINHALAES WILL GO TO HELL WITH MALAYS..

      Finally, Action need to be taken to establish a full Sinhalese government to be ready for any eventuality.

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    Amnesty International, where were you when gross human rights were violated in, Lybia, Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Yemen & many more American stooges? Sri Lanka does not need your advice on what to its dead. WE WILL CREMATE ALL OUR DEAD BODIES, PERIOD. Remember, this government has a backbone, unlike the Sirisena/Ranil government.

  • 11
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    Native Sinhalayo have to face this mockery because of the blunder committed by King Senerath.

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      Evil eye@U the kind of bps are morally f***d by rajapskshes leaving u with raped prostitute s destiny. Meaning such women would never see it right. Never in this life time (Hari paw). May Ur brain cells be grown for shake listeners.

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      If you are a muslim, you know this:
      1. God is all knowing and wise.
      2. God is understanding.
      3. God is forgiving.
      The muslims who were cremated did not ask to be cremated and neither did their family member ask for it. No Muslim was involved in deciding to cremate. Therefore, neitheir the dead nor their families have committed any sin.
      Now, pray, stay home, be safe and look forward to a return to a normal life as soon as possible Amnisty International just a fund-raising issue to bolster their bank account and muslims should not give them that.

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      Eagle Brain Dead Blind Eye

      “Native Sinhalayo have to face this mockery because of the blunder committed by King Senerath.”

      Who are these Native Sinhalayos? Where do they come from? They have another generic name, the Kallathonie converts. Please stop confusing the readership with irrelevant new meaningless words.

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      Ado Eagle blind sh&t ass*ole Eye bugger, what native sinhalayo are you talking about? From when did the Sinhalayos or Demelas become native to Sri Lanka? Is this information coming from your comic book called Mahawamsa? Get a life you dipsh&t

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    When the whole country has been put under a shelter in place order, all the ports and airports have been shutdown, when all pharmacies and grocery stores have been shutdown, when people both young and old including healthcare workers are dying of COVID-19 all over the world, is it their “religious rights” the only thing the Sri Lankan Muslim community can think of? Can these people be anymore utterly selfish? Better beware though Allah being a merciful god I’m sure cares much more about what a person does during his life when he is alive than how his body is disposed of after he dies when deciding their fate.

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      No name,

      Some rational thinking Ulama, if available, should say that under extraordinary circumstances, to save the living from the virus, the dead is making the sacrifice of being cremated, and therefore is a martyr, and their souls go directly to heaven, and the body will be dispersed in the Universe, Created by God.

  • 9
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    A new research published says, new Corona virus can stay alive upto three days ob steel and plastic surfaces. Aerosols in air can stay alive upto three hours. So Sri Lankans may need face masks. Need Two meters or six feet separation.

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    Amnesty International is a busybody NGO spreading their ‘special right’ to dictate to developing country government, on the basis that they are British.
    \
    The decision on this matter, as the PM has announced, is not made by medical specialists and not the politicians. Dr Jagoda has clarified the position, based on sound, reasonable evidence.
    \
    British may want pay rewards to those who helped them since 1815, but the government should simply ignore this kind of attempts to intervene in our vital matters.
    \
    AI-YO!

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      Indu Rathnayaka

      “Amnesty International is a busybody NGO spreading their ‘special right’ to dictate to developing country government, on the basis that they are British.”

      Do you feel like Amnesty International is groping your women folks? That is because you don’t treat your own people well.

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        Is AI one of your many gods?
        Pray to them to deliver you.
        Moda Vedda.

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          Citizen Silva

          Are you being serious?
          Do you think if you prayed to AI it could deliver.
          Is that why Vasu Nayakke, Mahinda, and members of JVP …………… passed details of human rights violations that were committed by the state between 1987 and 1991? to AI, UNHRC, ……

          Dumb ass were Mahinda, Vasu Nayakke …. fighting for a piece of Eelam?
          You should stop sitting on your brain.

  • 5
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    May I quote this from another Website:
    “While a Muslim cleric Wasim Rizvi has backed precautions over faith saying ‘cremate, don’t bury Muslim coronavirus victims’ but his comments have caused uproar.”
    https://www.timesofisrael.com/forensic-pathologists-beware-covid-19-lives-on-in-blood-after-death/?fbclid=IwAR2GDVVFfp7MK7pGuxRna6wZbrtXTkOeWNaSVFazS6heiS-jxFxaeSf9A8k

    Does anyone know the story behind this tradition? I heard from another Web that two angels are sent by Allah to check the dead person and speak to him/her about his faith etc. He/she has to give the right answer otherwise he/she is in trouble. Punishment is severe like in Saudi Arabia!
    Can someone elaborate?

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      Please do not mock the loved ones of the victims of Corvid 19.

      Tomorrow is not promised to any of us by this invisible enemy .

      Instead, reach out , shun egoism and suspicion ask for pardon on behalf of any who may have wronged from your community, accept the pardon , spread love and unite .
      Peace and blessing to all and AYUBOWAN to all.❤

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        Dear Fahim,

        I always hat off to decent people of your nature and your posts ended up me being able to find some lit for you and CT readers. please get them here below.

        since you had added that DEAD BODIES are not longer virulent…. so I have got following info for you.


        https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/331538/WHO-COVID-19-lPC_DBMgmt-2020.1-eng.pdf

        .
        Environmental cleaning and control Human coronaviruses can remain infectious on surfaces for up to 9 days.7 COVID-19 virus has been detected after up to 72 hours in experimental conditions.8 Therefore, cleaning the environment is paramount.•The mortuary must be kept clean and properly ventilated at all times; •Lighting must be adequate. Surfaces and instruments should be made of materials that can be easily disinfected and maintained between autopsies;•Instruments used during the autopsy should be cleaned and disinfected immediately after the autopsy, as part of the routine procedure;•Environmental surfaces, where the body was prepared, should first be cleaned with soap and water, or a commercially prepared detergent solution;•After cleaning, a disinfectant with a minimum concentration of 0.1% (1000 ppm) sodium hypochlorite (bleach), or 70% ethanol should be

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        Dear Fahim,
        did you also notice that vietnam (with 5 times more population) has not reported any deaths yet, and the infected numbers are really less.

        I really dont know how they controlled it…
        241 infected,
        3 critical
        No deaths yet ..
        The numbers in Nepal is even better.
        .
        Nepal
        9 Infected
        No critical
        No deaths
        Nepal is also a poor country.
        Their tourist arrivals per year is over 1 mio and ours is lesse than 0.5 mio
        .

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      Raj

      Can someone elaborate?

      Read the quran

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    Why should others worry about Muslims and they will take responsibility to bury the dead body as per
    the religious customs. I think bloody Rajapaksas are behind this, the worse communal minded people
    in this country. Rajapaksas are the first enemy of Muslims in this country. Very soon they will be
    taught a good lesson. God is great.

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      S Robert

      Before you teach good or bad lessons to any body, first you learn properly. Read about the latest information about the Virus.

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        lathass

        “Before you teach good or bad lessons to any body, first you learn properly. Read about the latest information about the Virus.”

        Please let us have your latest information about the Virus.
        Hope you too learn properly and teach good or bad lessons to others.

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        I doubt, if Latha may be practising the oldest to react that servile to Rajapakshes. Rajapkshes are close to DRUG traffickers (NIMAL lanza, Kudu DUmiya andhiru tv), any high criminals (Juliyampitiya amare), any other high criminals. – is public secret.
        :
        The very same job was done by Champa over the years but now fell in SILENT mode.
        :
        We are free to express ourselfves but we should agree with our healthy conscience. Do we have any other high criminals than Rajapakshe going by their high crimes deliberately perpetrated to own people (regardless of the race and religion).
        :
        This is food for your thoughts Latha, please get into to your cage and make use of time for some good reading.
        That can open your eyes for sure.. Many right at the moment, have plenty of time to do so more readings than prior to CORONA crisis.

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      S Robert

      God may be great but less powerful than nature.

      It’s worth praying nature than god because god failed to contain the carnage.

      Why should we deposit virus on earth (though it may be controversial @ this time). Muslims please get rid of your unscientific thought. Buddhists are also not given right to pansakula when died of corona.

      Think about people alive rather than dead ones.

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      S.Robert

      “I think bloody Rajapaksas are behind this, the worse communal minded people
      in this country. “

      You are right they are also communal minded people in this country like Latha, Hela, soma, Eagle Eye, Thondamany, ………………….. HLD M, Weerawansa, …….. Nalin, ….

      “Rajapaksas are the first enemy of Muslims in this country.”

      They Rajapaksas are not only first enemies of Muslims, but also Hindus, Tamils, Christians, Buddhists, Sinhalese, ….rest of the people.

      Gota is a secular mass murderer he didn’t discriminate against people when it came to masacres, he killed all irrespective of religion, race, region, gender, ……………

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        Bogus Vedda,
        (Don’t insult our indigenous people)

        Gota is a person who can get things done.
        He will eliminate COVIT-19 the same way he eliminated the LTTE virus.
        I am so happy because Gota is in charge rather than incompetent Ranil.

        You people love Ranil because he is a weak leader who lacks leadership qualities and understanding of the aspirations of the masses.

        You people support Ranil because you could destroy Sri Lanka and achieve your objective of Tamil domination in Sri Lanka with his help.

        The North and East does not belong to the Tamils only – These areas belong to all Sri Lankans – in fact all territories of Sri Lanka belong to all the people (Sri Lankans).

        We will never ever allow you buggers to destroy our ”Mother Land”

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          Citizen Silva


          “(Don’t insult our indigenous people)”

          Then how do you describe yourself, a descendant of Kallathonie convert from South India?

          “Gota is a person who can get things done.”

          The American Gota the man with van can only kill, massacre, … people. What has been his achievement, a psychopath who cannot remember what he told the Hindu correspondent regarding missing person in his news conference and what he told the visiting officials of UNHRC.

          What were his achievements, apart from committing war crimes and crimes against humanity between 1971 and 1992 (being part of US UK guided dead squad) and then between 2005 and 2015?

          “He will eliminate COVIT-19 the same way he eliminated the LTTE virus.”

          Sure he could draw his ceremonial sword if he hasn’t returned it and fight Corona viruses one by one. His single handed generals are in their tanks with drawn out swords in hand and patrolling the streets. Before they eliminate Corona the clan will have eliminated all the democratic institutions, emptied the treasury, forced transfer of retail businesses to Basil, ….

          “You people support Ranil because you could destroy Sri Lanka and achieve your objective of Tamil domination in Sri Lanka with his help.”

          Why are you telling this to me, go find Tamils and tell them all your racist anxieties. By the way you don’t need Tamils to destroy this island you and your fellow Sinhala/Buddhist fascists (including saffron brigade) are doing it splendidly

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          Citizen Silva

          “The North and East does not belong to the Tamils only – These areas belong to all Sri Lankans – in fact all territories of Sri Lanka belong to all the people (Sri Lankans).”

          As far as Hindians are concerned Sri Lanka is the Sinhala state of Hindia. Its upto the Hindians to rearrange North East. Leave the worrying to the Hindians.
          By the way who are these Sri Lankans.

          “We will never ever allow you buggers to destroy our ”Mother Land”

          Why do you need me to destroy your ”Mother Land” when you yourself have been doing it brilliantly over the past 72 years.

          You should stop being a loudmouth braggart and start being useful citizen, bring back all women folks from medieval middle east kingdom and stop your heroes borrowing large loans from Hindia, China, …. and …. IMF

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          Yeah, he can get things done, quite well….

          ” Investigations on assassinations, abductions and assaults on journalist after the fall of the Rajapaksa government revealed that Gotabhaya directed a death squad to attack journalists that was outside the Army command structure during this time 17 journalists and media workers were killed and others were either assaulted or abducted”

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    When the creamtion law is imposed will the virus victim come forward to say I am sick because he knows his to buried will not be met. That i one of the intelligent thinking. It is not people thinking comments, It is the unioun internation health approval Religious Minorities Must Have Their Final Rites Respected: Amnesty International Calls On Sri Lankan Authorities To Stop Forced Cremation.

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    What is most difficult and bitter to accept is the truth , and to accept and apologise is most noble for any humanbeing .

    A small number of our Muslim community lied for no reason, broken the law and caused many to be quarantined, especially our health care staff , this has brought hate , increased suspicion, disgrace to the entire Community and increased Islamaphia and given the hate mongering a reason to continue .

    I am not ashamed to accept this actions of these unconcerned , selfish illiterate few and I bow my head and ask for forgiveness from the entire fellow Sri Lankans on behalf of my Community who are not guilty of this crime.
    I kindly request all to not paint the entire Community with the same brush .
    Can you blame all the Sinhalese for the action of the Italy returnees ? No ..

    So please be fair with us ,.the rest of the community is doing alot , we have closed our mosques and turned some into spaces to serve the crisis in hand .
    Thank you.
    Peace be to all of you and AYUBOWAN to all.

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      Fahim, I am a mere minion with little knowledge of whats going on. but I do recognize quality and you sir, is an example of quality. thank you.

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        @Sam
        I humbly accept your appreciation.

        For me every humanbieng has something great in them , I believe we are all stars , because we are part of start dust

        Stay safe

        God bless you and your family .
        May peace prevail and AYUBOWAN to the entire world .

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    Quote
    Racism is a poor man’s drug
    Have you ever seen Akbar brothers fight over Dammika Perera’s family because of race? Have you ever heard of Harry Jayawardene’s family fighting over Esufally’s family over race? If you see the HI magazine you will see photos of Hakeem’s family dining with the Rajapakses, Wickramasinghes, Sumanthirans and others organized by Jaferjee brothers. They will be celebrating the industrial achievements of Ashrof Omar, Vinod Hirdaramani and Amalean brothers. Dian Gomes and Kishu Gomes will be having a nice chat with Hans Wijesuriya by the pool. Their children that go to the same elite international schools will be at their own parties.
    Listen guys, for the wealthy elite, race is insignificant. They don’t give too hoots about it. Race for them means absolutely nothing. They will profit no matter what as they are above such primitive thinking. But you are not part of that elite group and so you fight with each other day in and day out on such a trivial matter such as a persons race. Race is not the issue we need to focus on dear friends, when the inevitable recession strikes, you will realize that all of us – Muslims, Sinhalese, Tamils, Christians, Burghers, Baiya, Toiya, Samanalaya we will all suffer. It will hit us the hardest. We will accuse each other, blame each others races, we will divide and defend the very elite thinking they represent us. But NO, a majority of these elite don’t really care. Whether they are political elites or business elites, they don’t care about you my friends and this is the underlining reality of the matter.
    Be conscious about the grand picture. RACISM IS A POOR MAN’S DRUG. A drug that will kill us all, separate us and make us all eventually fall and lose all.

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      Racism is not only poor man ‘s drug but that of Rajapakshes.
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      They are masters to rabble rouse the nation going by Racism.
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      We perfectly know it, today, all rabblerousers are not much becuase they have become the ruling party.
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      Be it with GMOA or any other trade unions, they the Rajaapkshes ruined to the core. Last govt started ina nice manner but Rajapkshes never let them continue. SIRISENS s stupidity was instrumental former govt not to have achieved what they initially wanted.

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    No community, large or small should feel exceptional in their belief systems. They must accept established scientific facts and not try to find loopholes in them to do as they wish, quoting any edict from mythical sources. The world is in too much danger to follow fairy-tale tribal rituals anymore.

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      Lasantha,
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      it is just people are not subjected proper awarness regarding the WHO guidlines of the decay of the COVID-19 deaths.
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      First what they have to do is – not to mention the ethnic background of the dead or infected on and on. This is unfortunatley not the case with two abusive TV senders, that only wash the back sides of Rajakshe criminals.
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      Blocking Mosques and hindu temples, they the SINHALAYA buruwas, let their monks to GO ON pirith chantings.
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      Why on earth cant they be somewhat CONSISTENT with such event ? No such abusive acts were the case in the previous govt, even if the head of the govt was an idiot (SIRISENA).
      As a result bp is now cornered into his cage, not being welcomed neither of the parties. Nor the people.

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      Fahim,
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      Let s join hand to stand against RACISM of any form.
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      Then only we can see better POST CORONA future.
      :
      It is true that it is the poor man #s drug. Be it srilanka, Israel, middle east, Germany, Singapore, India, Netherlands, or anywhere i have noticed, that people divide into groups not only based on race but also on many other factors.
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    Native vedda ! Can’t you remember the Iraqi Ambassador’s daughter crying saying that she was raped by ?Iraqi army and can’t. You remember Amnesty International was attacking Iraqi Army using that false allegation of that girl? When it was revealed that it had been filmed in USA did Amnesty International apologize correcting their fault? No, Mr Native vedda must be siting in daily basis on your brain!
    In UK, France, Italy those Muslim victims were buried according to Islam rituals? Nonsense, Mr Vedda !
    I have worked with Amnesty International while I was engaged in Human Rights! I know how they are concerned about HR violations perpetrated by The West! Amnesty International is funded by USA !
    It is being used as a Régime Change apparatus! That is all!

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      Karunanayake

      “I have worked with Amnesty International while I was engaged in Human Rights! I know how they are concerned about HR violations perpetrated by The West!

      Excerpt from
      Amnesty International UK
      Our finances

      We are politically and financially independent of any government, political ideology, economic interest or religion.

      The vast majority of our funding comes from the contributions of individuals through our membership and our fundraising activities.
      https://www.amnesty.org.uk/our-finances

      “Amnesty International is funded by USA !”

      USA does not have to fund AI, rather US could influence AI through its management, in not so obvious ways. AI operates in an international environment, unlike the brutal Sri Lankan state AI is accountable and maintain transparency.

      During Sri Lankan state’s glorious era between 1987 and 1991, though AI had a lot of information on the brutal operations of state’s dead squad (Gota, Fonseka, ….. Udugampola, …. guided by Defence Attaches of USA and UK) stopped and delayed its regular reports for a long time until the state was seen relatively stable in the South. Then came a damning report.
      Many Sri Lankan watchers wondered why the delay was.

      Here is the AI report on Kuwait:
      IRAQ/OCCUPIED KUWAIT HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS SINCE 2 AUGUST
      https://www.amnesty.org/download/Documents/MDE140161990ENGLISH.PDF

      Now the issue is why do the Lankies jump at the first instance to defend the brutal, lying state, its functionaries, and political leaders.

      Aren’t you aware of racist policies and practices of this racist state and its rulers?

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    Careful of fake news circulated about curfew during Festive season .
    If you do not find it online in any news portal or PMD or MOD , it’s fake , so check for any such validity before you share with others.

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    Amnesty International

    Nature is more powerful than almighty or any religion. It’s been proven beyond doubt.

    Unless Muslims must be able to accept the fact that this carnage is being done by the almighty.

    AI, don’t stick to stone age concepts to cause social disharmony in SL or anywhere in the world.

    Adhere to scientific & democratic path, dead & gone are gone, cremation is the best way to dispose of dead bodies, it’s common to all Sri Lankans..

    Nobody is cremated alive in SL.

    Let me say again AI, don’t be silly.

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    I am dedicating the Poem death be not proud ,.To every single person whose life was robbed by this miserable Virus Corvid 19

    Death be not proud by John Donne , into simple English for non profit .
    =================================================================
    Don’t be proud, Death, although some people have called you
    Powerful and terrible‚because you aren’t.

    Those who you think you are defeating
    Don’t actually die, and you can’t kill me.

    From rest and sleep, which are just imitations of death,
    We get pleasure, and therefore it stands to reason that death will be pleasurable, too.

    The best men go soonest with you, dying,
    Resting their bones and delivering their souls to God.

    But you are a slave to fate, luck, kings/powerful figures, and desperate men;
    You can be summoned with poison, war, or sickness, which all cause death.

    Meanwhile, drugs or meditation can also make us sleep
    Better than when we die—so why are you so full of yourself?

    Death is just one short sleep, after which we wake to eternal life,
    And then death you will be no more and ,death you shall die for ever.

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    Covid 19 is beyond racial or religious boundaries. We are living in a extra ordinary time. Everyone should keep their old books and beliefs to themselves. Muslims or any minorities or majorities cannot ask for any exemptions. Special rules must be obeyed by all without any difference. If not shoot to kill will become the only outcome.

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      Tarrin,
      Covid 19 proved that nature is above races, religions, rich or poor. Even now racists and rich do not understand the reality the humanity should face more and more sufferings from nature. It is true that any specific rules that must be obeyed by every citizen of this country but it would be ideal to get corporation with minorities and majority communities since this country divided by race and religion. I am sure the religious leaders and political leaders are educated enough to understand the reasons for cremating bodies in a situation where it is harmful to burying a dead body with corona virus or conducting any religious rights will increase the virus spreading to others . If I am correct, the bodies of Buddhists are also cremated without any religious rights.

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    AI has do your own business. Is that AI do not think about that millions of Yemmies has been killed by Saudi Arabia Kingdom.
    They buried without any last respect as human being at cemeteries of citizens of Yemen last FOUR Years .
    STOP double Standard by AI
    What action you have taken against citizens of Yemen as Human rights Organization of AI?
    Well Hypocrisy has certain limits,but AI has gone beyond that@
    Do not intervention of of Sri lankan matters by ongoing Coronavirus pendimits
    Are you back by Muslim or Islam interest of Petrodollar of that World !@
    That is only an apply to Sri Lanka only? By AI!

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    It is stupid to publish this type of demands, when we consider the attendees who get exposed to the virus during the burial. The best thing is send directly to cremate.
    Probably, AI is promoting Racism while some muslims published articles asking special religious rights to them.

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    May Peace prevail

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    I remember one muslim wrote in CT that muslim must have their religious preference over the safety of other people when bodies are burried or cremated. For me these discussions are mostly, ANTI-pRESIDENT and anti-Rajapakses. Probably some one is concerned about something.
    I here, in Brazil’s, BOLSANARO wants people to forget the CORONA VIRUS AND GO TO WORK and he is not allowing any social welfare to 45 million who lives with day to day income. SO, THE OUT COME IS BRAZIL IS VERY UNHAPPY. They say bolsanaro must go.
    I do not know whether some one wants Sri lanka also to go through the same experience.
    Where is the European Union when Europe is in big trouble. both europe and USA failed to look after their citizens.

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    Its all about Racial Taunts, Rajapakshe bashing ect., Only a Muslim named contributor appear to have a sane view. Yet, most of the others chose to contribute as if though posessed exposing their slavishness.
    Please read the following which appeared here. Will not those who engaged in senseless bashing including Amnesty International look idiots?;

    Mohamed Ameen / April 4, 2020
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    If you are a muslim, you know this:
    1. God is all knowing and wise.
    2. God is understanding.
    3. God is forgiving.
    The muslims who were cremated did not ask to be cremated and neither did their family member ask for it. No Muslim was involved in deciding to cremate. Therefore, neitheir the dead nor their families have committed any sin.
    Now, pray, stay home, be safe and look forward to a return to a normal life as soon as possible Amnisty International just a fund-raising issue to bolster their bank account and muslims should not give them that.

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      Thondamany

      “Its all about Racial Taunts, Rajapakshe bashing ect.”

      The clan deserve it more not less.
      Now the clan is raising funds for Corona victims, if you aren’t benefiting from the clan please do not defend them.
      Who is incharge of the fund is it the one who said “itta passe dhunna nethe”.

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    There are lot of evidence to say, the Corona virus is some one’s cruel act against humanity. It looks Singapore and Taiwan, years ago had clues about this cruel act. There is military involvement in the world in the middle of all these. In the case of Sri Lanka, some one is trying to victimize muslims in Sri lanka or create some conflicts among Muslims and non – muslims.

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    Jokes are important at this hour!
    An atheist goes to a friend who is very religious and tells him: ” I have a problem. My two female parrots know how to say one thing.” “What do they say?”. “They say, ‘Hi, we’re prostitutes. Do you want to have some fun?” The friend who has two male parrots thought for a minute and then said: “You know, I may have a solution. I have taught my two male parrots to pray and read the Holy Book to other prayers.
    Bring your two female parrots over here and let’s resolve the problem right now. My male parrots will be happy to teach your naughty female parrots to pray and worship. I’m sure your parrots will stop saying that…that phrase in no time”.
    As planned the two female parrots were brought in and put in the cage where the two male parrots were holding the Holy Book and praying.
    After just a couple of seconds, the female parrots exclaimed out in unison: “Hi, we’re prostitutes. Do you want to have some fun?”
    There was a stunned silence. Finally, one male parrot looked over at the other male parrot and said: “Hey Buddy, Put the Holy Book away, our prayers have been answered!”

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    Every religion must sing this song by John Lennon.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6svOHFSAH8

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    Another senseless statement by the Amnesty International.
    The COVID-19 virus does not discriminate against anyone.
    As we all know, the virus attacks everyone without an ethnic bias.
    Therefore, there is no need to highlight the ethnicity of those who died from COVID-19.
    They were COVID-19 patients and therefore, they should be treated in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Sri Lankan health authorities.
    Clearly, the government has no say here and the Amnesty International has no right to interfere with Sri Lankan health experts.
    The Amnesty International should stop inciting Muslims in Sri Lanka, at least during this time of crisis.
    What they should do is, stay at home and wear a mask or a scarf when going out.

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    Also, why does the Amnesty International only care about “religious minorities” in Sri Lanka?
    Why do they only talk about 2 people who died from COVID-19?
    How about the “religious majority” who lost the final rites such as Panshukula rituals due to COVID-19?
    Have one policy, AI!

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    S Robert cannot read. Didn’t you know that?

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