Urge Sri Lanka to allow the burial of Covid victims to respect religious beliefs

The UK government should urge the Sri Lankan Government to allow Covid victims to be buried according to their religious beliefs and not cremated.

6,056 Signatures

Status: Open
Opened: 31 Dec 2020, 9:01 a.m.
Last 24 hours signatures : 2
Estimated Final Signatures: 16,532

Daily Rank: #1564 • Weekly Rank: #1601 • Total Rank: #196


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Recent Documents related to Urge Sri Lanka to allow the burial of Covid victims to respect religious beliefs

1. Sri Lanka: country policy and information notes
04/10/2019 - UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI)
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2. Apply to exhume human remains
24/03/2020 - Ministry of Justice
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16/07/2019 - Parliamentary Research

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5. Social Fund (Children’s Funeral Fund for England) Regulations 2019
01/07/2019 - Secondary Legislation

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Latest Documents
Recent Speeches related to Urge Sri Lanka to allow the burial of Covid victims to respect religious beliefs

1. Sri Lanka
23/04/2019 - Commons Chamber

1: the appalling Easter Sunday terrorist attack in Sri Lanka, including eight British citizens, and of the - Speech Link
2: following the horrific Easter day terrorist attack in Sri Lanka. With your permission, Mr Speaker, I would like - Speech Link

2. Sri Lanka
24/04/2019 - Lords Chamber

1: Affairs, with reference to the terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. I repeat that this reflects - Speech Link

3. Refugees in Sri Lanka
09/05/2019 - Commons Chamber

1: representation his Department has made to the Government of Sri Lanka regarding the safety of 1,193 UNHCR refugees - Speech Link
2: displaced from their ordinary places of residence, according to UN figures. Those refugees and asylum seekers - Speech Link

4. Covid-19: Freedom of Religion or Belief
26/11/2020 - Westminster Hall

1: they leave the Chamber. Members are also asked to respect the one-way system around the room. They should - Speech Link
2: That this House has considered the effect of the covid-19 pandemic on freedom of religion or belief.It - Speech Link

5. Oral Answers to Questions
19/01/2021 - Commons Chamber

1: our priorities will be climate, biodiversity, covid, global health, girls’ education, science and research - Speech Link
2: still further, it is more important than ever that UK ODA spending directly reaches developing countries - Speech Link
3: extreme poverty. Against that backdrop, the UK Government recklessly abolished the Department for International - Speech Link
4: sadly, has increased not decreased as a result of covid. The joined-up Department will help in the objectives - Speech Link
5: Rights Council in March 2021 in response to (a) Sri Lanka’s recent withdrawal from its human rights obligations - Speech Link

6. Oral Answers to Questions
17/03/2020 - Commons Chamber

1: right hon. Friend update the House on how the Government, and specifically the Foreign Office, are providing - Speech Link
2: Israel, which are working actively on a vaccine for covid-19, so that we can share information from our research - Speech Link
3: absolutely right that addressing the root causes of covid-19 and similar potential pandemics will require - Speech Link
4: Many constituents are finding that unless Government travel advice advises against travel to a specific - Speech Link
5: do want to take measures to prevent more and more UK nationals—particularly vulnerable ones—from being - Speech Link

7. Sri Lanka: UNHCR Refugees
09/05/2019 - Lords Chamber

1: follows:“Following the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka there have been reports of isolated incidents - Speech Link

8. Sri Lanka
05/02/2019 - Lords Chamber

1: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the resignation of the government of the United States from - Speech Link
2: started the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Sri Lanka in 1975 and had the privilege of being made its - Speech Link

9. Sri Lanka
12/10/2017 - Lords Chamber

1: Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the progress made by the coalition government of Sri - Speech Link
2: Parliamentary Group on Sri Lanka in 1975 and am currently its president. I have known Sri Lanka for over 50 years - Speech Link

10. International Human Rights Day
10/12/2015 - Commons Chamber

1: and severely violated; and to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether human rights remain at the very heart - Speech Link
2: executions in Saudi Arabia, I am dismayed that the Government evidently do not share my alarm, as I am yet - Speech Link
3: have not, to my knowledge, in the time of this Government or the previous one, had a wide-ranging debate - Speech Link
4: of Congo; such acts have been carried out by religious extremists in India and Pakistan; in countries - Speech Link

Latest Speeches
Recent Questions related to Urge Sri Lanka to allow the burial of Covid victims to respect religious beliefs
1. Sri Lanka: Cremation
asked by: Bell Ribeiro-Addy
11/01/2021
... in accordance with their religious beliefs.

2. Sri Lanka: Religious Freedom
asked by: Stephen Kinnock
11/01/2021
... what representations he has made to his Sri Lankan counterpart on the protection of religious beliefs and freedoms.

3. Sri Lanka: Coronavirus
asked by: Afzal Khan
19/01/2021
... with the Sri Lankan Government.

4. Sri Lanka: Cremation
asked by: Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi
11/01/2021
... whether he plans to make representations to his Sri Lankan counterpart on the cremation in that country of covid-19 victims regardless of religious belief.

5. Sri Lanka: Cremation
asked by: Afzal Khan
10/12/2020
... if he will make an assessment of the effect on (a) Sri Lankan Muslims and (b) other faith communities of the Sri Lankan Government's decision to make cremation mandatory for covid-19 victims.

Latest Questions

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Covid-19 is a worldwide pandemic with global authorities such as the World Health Organisation advising on matters of burial for those who have been diagnosed with Covid-19 and later died.

The recent acts of the Sri Lankan government discriminate against those whose religious beliefs are against being cremated.

This against official advice which determines a normal burial alone will suffice with no need for cremation.


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