Sri Lanka inform OIC about decision to allow burial of COVID-19 victims
Sri Lanka has reportedly written to the OIC secretary-general informing it about its decision to allow the burial of people who died of COVID-19 in Sri Lanka. The OIC earlier this week has criticized Sri Lanka for its forced cremation of COVID-19 victims.
The authorities in Sri Lanka on Thursday issued an order notifying the changes in the country’s forced cremation policy. The government came under heavy pressure, both domestic and international, for its forced cremation policy.
The decision is also being seen as the bargain between Sri Lanka and Muslim countries as the former is hoping for diplomatic support from the OIC members to defeat a UNHRC resolution presented in the ongoing 46th UNHRC session.
A day after the notification, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday took to Twitter, welcoming the decision and thanked the Sri Lankan government. Interestingly, this is the second time when Khan thanked the Sri Lankan government for allowing the burial of victims.