Muslims in Sri Lanka are being forced to cremate their relatives in violation of their faith, according to rights groups who have warned that the government is stigmatizing the country’s Muslim minority during the coronavirus lockdown.
A meeting of Buddist and muslim religious leaders at a mosque in Balapokuna, Sir Lanka, to discuss coronavirus-related issues. (Screengrab)
The victims and their families
A pandemic lockdown in an unconstitutional moment
A municipal worker (R) sprays disinfectant solution on a man at a checkpoint during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Beruwala on April 16, 2020. (AFP)
A screengrab of a Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka who filmed a video on YouTube warning people to stay indoors and alleging that Muslims had caught the virus in a village. (Screengrab)
An election campaign based on anti-Muslim sentiment
Sri Lanka's President Gotabaya Rajapaksa (L) shakes hands with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi before a meeting in New Delhi on November 29, 2019. (File photo: AFP)