“The burning of human remains other than in a crematorium was a criminal offence under ss 2 and 8 of the Cremation Act 1902 and regs 2(1) and 13 of the Cremation (England and Wales) Regulations 2008 (SI 2008/2841). Cremation of an orthodox Hindu on an open air pyre was a manifestation of his belief within the meaning of art 9 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and the statutory provisions on cremation limited his freedom to manifest that belief. The statutory provisions governing open air funeral pyres were, however, justified under art 9(2) on the grounds of the protection of public morals and the rights and freedoms of others.”
WLR Daily, 13th May 2009
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