Posted on 01.28.2021 by Chandana Sirimalwatte in Local News with 0 Comments
Co- Cabinet spokesman Keheliya has stated that they are not ready to accept the request made by the UN Human Rights Commission to stop forcible cremation of COVID dead bodies.
The minister said that when he responded to a question raised by a journalist at a media briefing held to announce the Cabinet decisions. The minister said that the decision of the President and Cabinet would not be changed as the health sector has already given instructions in this matter. ‘We follow the procedure given by the health authorities and if we deviate from the procedure, we have to take responsibility for the situations that arise in the country. We are ordinary people with no knowledge in the medical field. We cannot make arbitrary decisions. The WHO states that a country can bury or cremation the COVID bodies, that can vary according to the identity of the country. We act according to health authorities’.
The government-appointed committee of health experts on the forced cremation of COVID decided that burial is not a matter. However, a committee appointed earlier had opposed it. Thus the government took an arbitrary political decision without considering any of this, leaving the health sector in charge. According to the minister’s statement, deciding to cremate is a racism nothing else.