Muslims Urged To Not Call For Sanctions Against SL
By Naalir Jamaldeen
Former Minister Faiszer Musthapha urged Muslims not call for international sanctions on Sri Lanka due to the compulsory cremation of COVID-19 victims.
He pointed out that there was nothing wrong with trying to get rights to bury COVID-19 victims through non-violent means. However, Muslims must ensure that calling for international bans on Sri Lanka should not be their aim, he said.
Meanwhile, Musthapha also said world-renowned epidemiologists have said there was no scientific evidence that when COVID-19 infected bodies are buried, underground water can be contaminated and other health-related issues could arise.
“Burying bodies is the fundamental right of Muslims. I have filed a Fundamental Rights petition in the Supreme Court, two judges of the three opposed it and the Petition was dismissed. I have filed a case at the Supreme Court based on the forcible cremation of 20-day-old baby and a committee consisting of five judges has been appointed to inquire into this issue,” Musthapha said.
“MPs in the ruling party, the Opposition and others outside Parliament are trying their best to get a solution for the issue. I don’t see a political angle to this. The Muslims abroad are staging protests for our rights, but they should not call for international sanctions on Sri Lanka. If our country is internationally affected, Muslims of this country too will be affected. Our harmony with other communities in the country will be damaged as well. We must not put pressure on the Government at international level to secure our rights,” Musthapha added.