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Canada seeks progress by March

2013 Dec 04

The Canadian government says it hopes the Sri Lankan government will show progress by the time the UN Human Rights Council meets in Geneva next March.

Canada’s Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Human Rights, Deepak Obhrai, speaking to the Tamil media in Canada, said that he was disturbed to find during his recent visit to Sri Lanka that people still feared the government despite the end of the war and a provincial administration being established in the North.

Obhrai said that Canada feels it is best for the Sri Lankan government to address the human rights issues being raised by the international community as those issues cannot be placed under a carpet.

He said international community wants answers and so the government must carry out a credible, independent and transparent probe.

Obhrai said that the Commonwealth principles are being restricted in Sri Lanka and in his view that needs to change in a democratic country.

The Canadian official was in Sri Lanka recently to attend the Commonwealth summit and get a firsthand assessment on the situation in Sri Lanka, especially the north, after the Canadian Prime Minister decided to boycott the summit in protest over Sri Lanka’s human rights record. (Colombo Gazette)

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