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U.S. urges Sri Lanka government to respect religious faiths and allow #COVID19 burials

Jan 30, Colombo: The United States Department of State yesterday urged the Sri Lankan government to respect and accommodate religious faith and cultural traditions, in accordance with international public health guidelines in relation to final rites of Covid victims.

In a Twitter message the South and Central Asian Affairs Bureau of the State Department said the people should be allowed to bid farewell to the loved ones in ways consistent their religious beliefs

The U.S. Ambassador in Colombo Aliana B. Teplitz said the U.S. has conveyed its concern about Sri Lanka’s mandatory cremation policy and urged respect for the traditions of its diverse communities.

UN human rights experts also urged the Sri Lankan Government to end its policy of forced cremation of the COVID-19 deceased, saying it ran contrary to the beliefs of Muslims and other minorities in the country, and could foment existing prejudices, intolerance and violence.

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