The National Movement for Social Justice has commended the decision taken by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa to allow the burial of Covid-19 victims.
In a statement today (11), the Chairman of the NMSJ Karu Jayasuriya said that the decision taken by the Government is in line with the recommendations of the World Health Organisation, the reports of two expert committees comprising local health professionals, the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka as well as the United Nations Human Rights Council.
"This is an important decision with regard to the reconciliation process in the country. At the same time, it will help to alleviate religious and ethnic differences. This can be considered as a decision that was taken based on science," he said.
He pointed out that the decision is a clear indication of the political maturity of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.
He noted that this move will help to redress certain grievances that have developed among certain sections of the society in recent times.
"As a civil society organisation that endeavours to create a just society, the National Movement for Social Justice appreciates this decision and fervently hopes that appropriate action will be taken to implement it without delay," Jayasuriya said.
However, it was reported in certain media outlets that a spokseperson from the Prime Minister's Office had refuted media reports which said that the Prime Minisyer had given permission for burial of Covid victims.