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කොරෝනා ආසාදිත සිරුරු ආදාහනය නවත්වන්නැයි එ.ජා. සංවිධානයෙන් ඉල්ලයි

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කොවිඩ් -19 වයිරසය ආසාදනය වී මියයන පුද්ගලයින්ගේ සිරුරු අනිවාර්යයෙන් ආදාහනය කිරීමේ ප්‍රතිපත්තිය අවසන් කරන ලෙස එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ සංවිධානයේ මානව හිමිකම් පිළිබඳ විශේෂඥයින් සිව්දෙනෙකු ශ්‍රී ලංකා රජයෙන් ඉල්ලීමක් කර ඇත.

එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ සංවිධානයේ මානව හිමිකම් පිළිබඳ විශේෂ නියෝජිතයින් වන අහමඩ් ශහීඩ්, ෆර්නැන්ඩ් ඩී වැරෙන්නස්, ක්ලෙමන්ට් නයලෙට්සොස්සි වූලේ සහ ලැලෙන්ග් මොෆෝකෙන්ග් මෙම ඉල්ලීම සිදු කර ඇත.

එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ සංවිධානයේ එම විශේෂඥයින් සිව්දෙනා විශේෂ නිවේදනයක් නිකුත් කරමින් කියා සිටින්නේ කොවිඩ් මළසිරුරු ආදාහනය කිරීම මුස්ලිම් ජනතාව ඇතුළු සුළු ජාතිකයින්ගේ විශ්වාසයන්ට පටහැනි බවයි.


එසේම කොවිඩ් ආසාදිත හෝ සැක කෙරෙන පුද්ගලයින්ගේ මළ සිරුරු ආදාහනය කිරීම එකම විකල්පය ලෙස ශ්‍රී ලංකා රජය විසින් සැළකුව ද එම සිරුරු මිහිදන් කිරීමෙන් වයිරස ව්‍යාප්තිය ඉහළ යන බවට ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ හෝ වෙනත් කිසිදු රටකින් වෛද්‍ය විද්‍යාත්මකව තහවුරු වී නොමැති බවද එම එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ විශේෂඥයෝ පෙන්වා දෙති.

කොරෝනා ආසාදිත මෘතදේහ සියල්ලම ආදාහනය කිරීමේ ශ‍්‍රී ලංකා රජයේ තීරණය හෙළා දකින බවත් , කොවිඩ් හේතුවෙන් මිය ගිය අයගේ මෘත දේහ ශ්‍රී ලංකාව තුළ ඒ ආකාරයෙන් ආදාහනය අනිවාර්ය කිරීමෙන් ජාතීන් අතර සුහදත්වයට බාධාවක් ඇතිවීම මෙන්ම එය මානව හිමිකම් කඩ කිරීමක් ද වන බවයි එම නිවේදනයේ සඳහන් වේ.

ඇතැම් අවස්ථාවලදී වාර්තා වල නිරවද්‍යතාව තහවුරු කිරීමට පවා කාලයක් ඉතිරි නොකර අදාළ ආදාහන කටයුතු සිදුකිරීම් ගැනද මෙම කමිටුව අවධානය යොමුකර ඇත.

එලෙස කොරෝනා වයිරසයෙන් මියයන පුද්ගලයන්ගේ දේහයන් සියල්ල ආදාහනය නතර කරන ලෙස රජයෙන් දැඩිව ඉල්ලා සිටින්නේ යැයිද එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ මානව හිමිකම් විශේෂඥ කණ්ඩායම නිකුත් කළ නිවේදනයේ වැඩිදුරටත් දැක්වේ.

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රාජ්‍ය අමාත්‍ය පියල් නිශාන්තට කොරෝනා

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(බිමල් ශ්‍යාමන් ජයසිංහ)

 

 

 


 

කාන්තා හා ළමා සංවර්ධන පෙර පාසල්, ප්‍රාථමික අධ්‍යාපන පාසල් යටිතල පහසුකම් හා අධ්‍යාපන සේවා රාජ්‍ය අමාත්‍ය පියල් නිශාන්ත මහතාට, බිරිඳට‍ සහ දරුවාට ද  කොරෝනා වයිරසය ආසාදිත වී ඇති බවට අද(18) තහවුරු වූ බව කළුතර සෞඛ්‍ය විද්‍යාතනයේ ප්‍රකාශකයෙක් පැවසීය.

කළුතර දිස්ත්‍රික් ලේකම් කාර්යාලයේ සහකාර අධ්‍යක්ෂකවරයෙකුට  කොරෝනා ආසාදනයවීම  හේතුවෙන්  අද එම සැලසුම් අංශය තාවකාලිකව වසා එම සහකාර  අධ්‍යක්ෂකවරයා සමඟ සමීපව කටයුතු කළ පුද්ගලයන්  40 කට ආසන්න  සංඛ්‍යාවකට පී. සී. ආර්. පරීක්ෂණ කළ බව එම කාර්යාල ආරංචි මාර්ග සඳහන් කරයි.

ඉකුත් 15 වෙනිදා  විශාල පිරිසකගේ සහභාගිත්වයෙන්  කළුතර දිස්ත්‍රික් ලේකම් කාර්යාලයේ කමිටු රැස්වීමක් පවත්වා ඇති අතර  එයට රාජ්‍ය අමාත්‍ය පියල්  නිශාන්ත මහතා   ඇතුළු  දේශපාලනඥයන් ගණනාවක්  මෙන්ම රාජ්‍ය නිලධාරීන් රැසක් ද සහභාගි වී ඇත.

එම කමිටු රැස්වීම පැවැත්වෙන අවස්ථාවේදී රාජ්‍ය අමාත්‍යවරයා සහකාර  අධ්‍යක්ෂකවරයා අසලම  පුටුවක වාඩි වී සිට ඇතැයි  එම  ආරංචි  මාර්ග වැඩිදුර සඳහන් කරයි.

රාජ්‍ය අමාත්‍ය පියල් නිශාන්ත මහතා බිරිඳ හා දරුවා  කොග්ගල ප්‍රතිකාර මධ්‍යස්ථානයක් වෙත යොමු කිරීමට නියමිතය.

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State Minister Piyal Nishantha contracts COVID-19

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Women and Child Development State Minister Piyal Nishantha tested COVID-19 positive, the State Minister confirmed.

Publishing a post on his official Facebook page, the State Minister said he has been infected with the virus and added that he would follow the instructions given by the health authorities.

“I also request those who came into contact with me in last few days, to take necessary steps and precaution as per the guideline given by health officials,” he said in the post.

He was confirmed to have been infected with the virus following a rapid antigen test.

Piyal Nishantha was also seen in the occasion held on January 14 to declare open Southeast Asia’s largest tyre manufacturing facility at Wagawatta in Horana, where President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and several Ministers and State Ministers were present.

Ministers Rohitha Abeygunawardena, Ramesh Pathirana, Mahinda Amaraweera, Wimal Weerawansa, State Minister Kanaka Herath and Defence Secretary, Gen.(Retd) Kamal Gunaratne were also among those present at the opening ceremony.

Meanwhile, State Minister Piyal Nishantha was also one of those parliamentarians who experimented and took a sip of the syrup at the Parliamentary complex on December 10, 2020, and the syrup that claimed to cure COVID-19. (Sheain Fernandopulle)


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SL human rights situation seriously deteriorated under Gotabaya’s Govt.: Report shows

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Sri Lanka’s human rights situation has seriously deteriorated under the administration of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Human Rights Watch said in its World Report 2021.

Government security forces have increased intimidation and surveillance of human rights activists, victims of past abuses, lawyers, and journalists. Minority Muslim and Tamil communities have faced discrimination and threats. The government pushed through passage of a constitutional amendment that undermines judicial independence and weakens oversight institutions, such as the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka. In February, Sri Lanka withdrew its commitments to the 2015 United Nations Human Rights Council for truth-seeking, accountability, and reconciliation following the country’s long civil war.

“The Rajapaksa administration has quickly reversed human rights gains of the previous government, making minorities more insecure, victims of past abuses fearful, and critics wary of speaking out,” said Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “Even the limited progress on postwar reconciliation is being undone by a greater military role in governance and the government’s dismissal of its international commitments to truth and accountability.”

In the 761-page World Report 2021, its 31st edition, Human Rights Watch reviews human rights practices in more than 100 countries. In his introductory essay, Executive Director Kenneth Roth argues that the incoming United States administration should embed respect for human rights in its domestic and foreign policy in a way that is more likely to survive future US administrations that might be less committed to human rights. Roth emphasizes that even as the Trump administration mostly abandoned the protection of human rights, other governments stepped forward to champion rights. The Biden administration should seek to join, not supplant, this new collective effort.

President Rajapaksa has appointed people to senior positions, who, like himself, were implicated in war crimes during the civil war that ended in 2009, including the defense secretary, Kamal Gunaratne, and the chief of defense staff, Gen. Shavendra Silva. In February, the United States State Department announced that General Silva was ineligible to enter the US due to his alleged involvement in extrajudicial killings.

The Rajapaksa administration escalated surveillance and intimidation, targeting victims’ families and human rights defenders, as well as lawyers and journalists deemed critical of the government. These included victims and activists who engaged with the Human Rights Council.

After the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, the government did little to address false accusations on social media that Muslims were deliberately spreading the virus and calls to boycott Muslim businesses. In March, the government began requiring cremation of all Covid-19 victims, disregarding Islamic tradition, though cremation was not required for public health. Four UN human rights experts criticized these requirements as violating religious freedom.

The UN high commissioner for human rights, Michelle Bachelet, accused the government of using Covid-19 to stifle freedom of expression after the authorities threatened to arrest anyone who “criticized” its handling of the pandemic. She condemned the pardon of one of the few soldiers ever convicted of serious abuses, and raised concerns about “appointments to key civilian roles of senior military officials allegedly involved in war crimes and crimes against humanity.”

The UN Human Rights Council will consider possible measures regarding Sri Lanka at its February-March 2021 session, including calls for an international accountability mechanism to pursue justice for past abuses.

“Concerned governments should do all they can to prevent Sri Lanka from returning to the ‘bad old days’ of rampant human rights violations,” Ganguly said. “Governments need to speak out against abuses and press for a UN Human Rights Council resolution that addresses accountability and the collection and preservation of evidence.”

https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2021/country-chapters/sri-lanka

http://www.dailymirror.lk/top_story/SL-human-rights-situation-seriously-deteriorated-under-Gotabayas-Govt-Report-shows/155-203760

 

Politics Behind Muslim Burial

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Dr. Ameer Ali

No scientist or epidemiologist anywhere in the world has so far proved with solid evidence that corona virus would spread from buried corona-killed corpses. Only in Sri Lanka a so-called committee of health experts belonging to the establishment, expressed an opinion that because of high water level in the ground that virus has the potential to spread, if those died from it are buried. Hence, they recommended indiscriminate cremation hitting directly at religious sensitivity of Muslims. No amount of protest from local Muslims or from Muslim organizations abroad, and not even advice from WHO to the contrary could convince President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his government to relent. The President maintains that unless the experts committee shows the green light he will not budge. This is the strongest demonstration yet of the one-country-one-law mantra.

In the meantime, the Muslim Minister of Justice fails to see the injustice committed to his community, and the Mufti or the chief shepherd preaches his herd how to bury the ashes after cremation. If you cannot change them join them appears to be the preferred course of action to these leaders. The community on the other hand is not prepared to listen.

The whole episode has nothing to do with science and epidemiology but with politics. The opinion expressed by the experts committee was manna from heaven to Buddhist supremacists who, since 2009 and especially after the Easter Massacre of 2019, are bent on seeking revenge on Muslim community. These supremacists are a pillar of strength to the Rajapaksa regime. Their ideology of a hegemonic Buddhist Sri Lanka dominates the thinking and philosophy of the professionals in President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s Viyathmaga. It is that ideology which is the quintessence of today’s jathika chintanaya. Only a few days ago, when a rumour was spreading that the government was about to reconsider its decision to cremate Muslim bodies, an ageing Gunadasa Amarasekera, one of the architects of this ideology warned the government of relenting to Muslim demand. A couple of days ago Rev. Gnanasara in his usual anti-Muslim tone also reminded the law makers in the parliament of one-country-one-law.

There is no sign that the virus is going to disappear for at least another couple of years although its spread could be controlled through vaccination. Even then how cheaply and easily would Sri Lankans have access to that vaccine is unsure because of the country’s financial difficulties. Authorities are already opening the country for business, because Basil Rajapaksa feels that profit should not be allowed to suffer because of public health. Thus, based on pseudo-science and backed by jatika chintanaya cremation of Muslim bodies would continue under the pretext of an emergency. If the Mufti continues to preach his compromised solution of Islamically burying the ash, he could win the hearts and minds of the rulers but certainly not of his community.

The issue of cremating Muslim bodies and the proposed ban on cow slaughter are ideologically motivated and very soon one may expect Muslim personal laws also to fall under the ideology’s axe. It would be interesting how the Muslim Minister of justice would handle that issue when it comes before parliament. Meanwhile, the protagonists of this ideology would be watching closely at what their ‘predator’ friend China is doing to Uighur Muslims in Xinxiang. Leaked reports show how those Muslims are force fed with pig meat and their women shaved and the hair is used as raw material for manufacturing industrial products. Already the Chinese government has destroyed several mosques and Muslim burial places in the name of development. One could only hope that the situation in Sri Lanka would not descend to that barbaric level. Sri Lanka’s exceptionally successful management of multiculturalism before the colonial period was unique in the entire region of Asia.
However, what options do Muslims have to avoid further calamities? First of all, they should give up the idea that by going along with the ruling regime they could save their skin and survive peacefully under traumatic conditions. At the same time, there is no guarantee that they will have better prospects by joining the current opposition, because SJB and its parent UNP will also eventually fall prey to the current pernicious ideology to capture power. Therefore, Muslims and for that matter even Tamils should seek a third alternative. It should be an alternative that seeks to bring back democracy with all its innate qualities and preserve the country’s pluralist polity and culture. Thankfully, there is a significant cluster of saner and influential minds within the majority Sinhala Buddhists, including sections of the Sangha, who are wanting that to happen. It is the task of the Muslim intelligentsia to approach and join hands with them, introduce them to the community and work with them for a better Sri Lanka. It is not a change that is going to happen soon, but the foundations should be laid now for the future. The populist image of the current regime is bound to suffer in the face of looming economic disaster.

Muslim community is caught up in the current predicament because of its own ethnic politics. Both SLMC and ACMC should be dissolved forthwith and the community becomes part of a multi-ethnic, patriotic and democratic political party. If a ruling government is democratic, treats every community and citizen equally and protects the independence of judiciary, what does it matter whether Muslims and Tamils or for that matter even Sinhalese are represented in the legislature by their own men and women or by other community members? It is time to think afresh and outside the circle.

https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/politics-behind-muslim-burial/

   

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