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Canada assures justice on Lanka

2013 Dec 10

Canada says justice will be served in Sri Lanka over allegations of human rights abuses and the Canadian Government will look to work with the Tamil community in Canada to achieve that goal.

Canadian ruling party Brampton-Springdale MP, Parm Gill, said the Sri Lankan government has failed to uphold the Commonwealth’s core values, which he says are cherished by Canadians.

He said that Canada is deeply concerned about the situation in Sri Lanka and the absence of accountability for the serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian standards during and after the civil war is unacceptable.

“Canada will continue to monitor events in Sri Lanka and urge the government to fully implement the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission, promote respect for human rights and the rule of law, and undertake an independent investigation into alleged violations of the human rights of thousands of civilians at the end of the conflict.” said Gill said.

He said that when Sri Lanka was selected to host the 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, Canada was hopeful that the Sri Lankan government would seize the opportunity to improve human rights conditions and take steps towards reconciliation and accountability. However he says this has not been the case.

“Our Government will always stand up for human rights, rule of law, and freedom of religion. Justice will be served in Sri Lanka. We continue to work with the Tamil community through meetings like this to get answers and hold those responsible for the atrocities in Sri Lanka accountable.” (Colombo Gazette)

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