The Problem - What is happening in Sri Lanka?
The Sri Lankan Government has implemented a compulsory cremation policy on all COVID-19 deceased. It has been reported that around 100 Muslim bodies have been cremated including a 20-day old baby. The consequences of the Sri Lankan Government's actions have had a devastating impact on Sri Lankan Muslim families within the UK and abroad.
This policy is based on the false premise that there is a possibility of the virus leaking out of the buried bodies. This is contrary to the advice given by the World Health Organisation around safe and dignified burials.
The Solution: MCB Legal campaign
The Muslim Council of Britain has set up a taskforce made up of Sri Lankan representative bodies, lawyers, medical experts and community organisations. The taskforce has been working to ensure this matter is taken seriously and that significant pressure is applied to the Sri Lankan Government to reverse this policy. This matter is of great upset to the families affected in the UK and Sri Lanka as well as global Muslim communities.
The MCB has now decided to take unprecedented action and issue a complaint to the United Nations. This complaint will be led by a team of expert lawyers with the aim of getting the Sri Lankan Government to reverse its cremation policy.
However, legal complaints take time and resources, so in order to achieve this, we need your support.
How can I help? - DONATE NOW
This type of action by a State against its citizens sets dangerous precedent and must be challenged. This is why it is so important that we collectively work together to have this policy reversed. The MCB is launching this legal and advocacy fund in which we humbly request donations from you to aid this critical work.
We need everyone to support this campaign and help our teams to achieve the best result. Please donate whatever you can to help.