Canadian Foreign Minister on “HR issues and growing authoritarian trend in Colombo”

Canadian Foreign Minister on “HR issues and growing authoritarian trend in Colombo”

Written by Staff Writer

08 Apr, 2014 | 9:26 pm

Sri Lanka’s proscribing of 16 organisations for having alleged terrorism links and the listing of 422 individuals believed to have connections with these organisations was also brought up in the Canadian Parliament.

Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird, said that the Canadian government was deeply concerned that Canadians have been “identified and singled out” in this list.

He made these comments in response to a question posed by Canadian National Democratic Party MP Paul Dewar.

Canadian Foreign Minister, John Baird made following comments: “Zll Canadians can be tremendously proud that the government of Canada has taken probably the strongest reaction to what we see going on in Colombo than any government in the world. We have fought hard for independent investigations into the number of people and war crimes that took place in the dying days of the civil war.”

He also added: “We have fought hard Mr. Speaker on the issue of human rights, and the growing authoritarian trend in the government in Colombo. And we have fought hard for reconciliation so that the Tamil community can play a full part in the future building of Sri Lanka. As the Government of Canada, we will do all we can to help the Tamil minority to live in peace and security with their neighbours.”

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