Cambodia exempts Muslims from COVID-19 cremation order

Muslims will be exempt from Cambodia’s mandatory order to cremate the bodies of all people who die of COVID-19, the country’s premier said on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Hun Sen, who announced the cremation order a day earlier, said Muslims in the country will be allowed to bury their dead “according to their own traditions and customs.”

The step was taken after the premier met representatives of the Muslim community, according to a government statement.

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