Stop cremating deceased’s body without first consulting family to obtain consent.

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I would like to express my concern regarding the impact that the cremation of the body  by Sri Lanka Government may have on minority communities. Whilst we are living in unprecedented times, I ask you to urge the Government not to neglect their responsibilities in upholding Article 9 of both the European Convention on Human Rights and under Sri Lankan constitution , which protects the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion. This includes the freedom to manifest one's religion or belief in worship, teaching, practice, and observance.

The sanctity of the dead body and the importance of religious burial is an integral component of religious practice for Muslims, as well as Jews. Cremation is forbidden in Islam and Judaism and, therefore, the possibility of forcing a cremation upon the loved ones of these communities would add further anguish and trauma to bereaved families, who themselves may be in self-isolation.