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Sri Lankan Muslims have faced discrimination in different forms over the years. After Covid,

Sri Lanka is forcing cremation (burning of bodies) of Muslims, while the WHO recognizes both burial and cremation as safe.

Muslims rightly see this as another attempt at marginalization of their religious rights and citizenry.

Justice For All has worked on Sri Lanka as needed in the past, now is the time for sustained advocacy for Sri Lankan in our ummah.

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The Goal of
the Sri Lanka Task Force

Stopping human rights and religious freedom violations against the minorities in Sri Lanka.

  • Promote policies that protect religious freedom for minorities in Sri Lanka.
  • Bring awareness among the North Americans about the injustices faced by the minority community in Sri Lanka
  • Create awareness among the political leaders in the US and Canada.
    Keep the members of the US congress and USCIRF informed on violations of religious freedom
  • Advocate with the United Nations and other international bodies, particularly the OIC to prevent human rights and religious freedom violations in Sri Lanka
  • Work with NGOs and civil society organizations to stop the inhumane treatment of the Muslim community.

Currently, Sri Lanka stands as the only country in the world which enforces mandatory cremation of COVID-19 victims as the only means of disposing of bodies, in contradiction to the guidelines set by the WHO and CDC. The WHO guideline has been adhered to by the international community of 185 countries. The mandatory cremation policy by the Sri Lankan government is a discriminatory regulation that represses and violates the religious rights of the minority Christians and Muslims. 

The ostracization and discriminatory treatment of minority communities is not new to Sri Lanka.

After the 30-year-old civil war with the LTTE ended in 2009, other minority groups, specifically Muslims and Christians, have become a consistent target of Sinhala-Buddhist extremists. The attacks on the Muslims and Christian minority have continued with impunity, leading to a systematic build-up of anti-Muslim hysteria with several flashpoints over the last decade. Ahmed Shaheed, Special Rapporteur on freedom of religious belief, has documented the incidents in his Mission to Sri Lanka report, presented to the Human Rights Council’s Forty-third session, February 24, 2020 – March 2020.  

While sidelining all scientific evidence, the Sri Lankan government has taken no initiative to communicate the reasons for its measures, but instead maintains its violation of the sacrosanct religious rights of its minority citizens.

  • The Sri Lankan government has gone against its own constitution by implementing a cremation only order.
  • The Sri Lanka government transgresses the Geneva Convention of Human Rights, of which it is a signatory, by denying the Muslim minority to bury their loved ones, in accordance with their faith. 
  • The Sri Lankan government has to date FAILED to provide any scientific findings or basis for denying the Muslim minority to fulfill their religious obligation to bury their dead.
  • The Supreme Court dismisses an FR petition against the cremation only order, without any basis – clearly demonstrating that Sri Lanka is taking away any recourse to justice and the right to be fairly treated, as citizens of a sovereign country.

Hatemongering, unverified accusations such as Muslim-owned businesses sterilizing Sinhala women through food and clothing, and Muslims overtaking the Sinhala population – were not just spread by the extreme Buddhist organizations like BBS but also through social media and public campaigns. The organized barrage of hostile propaganda created fear, anger, and mistrust among the Sinhala population.

For the first time in Sri Lanka’s history of engagement with the UN Human Rights Council and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, High Commissioner Michelle Blanchet is recommending Sri Lanka’s referral to the International Criminal Court in The Hague, the permanent tribunal tasked with dealing with grave international crimes such as war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Actions you can take

Tweet At President of Sri Lanka

Call Sri Lankan Ambassador To The United States

Call the Sri Lankan Ambassador and ask that they stop burning Muslim bodies. Add you info and the system will automatically connect the call. Use the script provided.

Call Sri Lankan Ambassador To Canada

Call the Sri Lankan Ambassador and ask that they stop burning Muslim bodies. Add you info and the system will automatically connect the call. Use the script provided. CLICK HERE 

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