Canada Concerned by SL’s inclusion of Canadians on Terrorist list

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While expressing concern over the Sri Lankan government decision to list 16 entities and 424 individuals for purported links to terrorist activities, the Canadian government said that it ‘could further hinder progress on reconciliation.’

“Sri Lanka’s action has no legal effect in Canada: it does not constrain the freedom of listed groups and individuals to lawfully express their views in Canada. However, Canadians targeted by this list could be subject to possible questioning, detention or arrest by authorities in Sri Lanka,” a statement issued by Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and the Lynne Yelich, Minister of State (Foreign Affairs and Consular) said.

The full statement:

“We are concerned by the Government of Sri Lanka’s listing of 16 entities and 424 individuals for purported links to terrorist activities, including some with ties to Canada.

“Sri Lanka’s action has no legal effect in Canada: it does not constrain the freedom of listed groups and individuals to lawfully express their views in Canada. However, Canadians targeted by this list could be subject to possible questioning, detention or arrest by authorities in Sri Lanka.

“Diaspora communities play an important role in Sri Lanka’s post-conflict reconciliation process. This action by the Sri Lankan government could further hinder progress on reconciliation. While we may share concerns about some of those listed, we remind the Government of Sri Lanka that it must ensure any measure taken to combat terrorism complies with its obligations under international law, in particular international human rights law.

“The Government of Canada remains committed to combatting all forms of terrorism. Under the provisions of the Criminal Code, Canada included the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam on its list of terrorist entities in 2006 and added the World Tamil Movement to the list in 2008.”
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  • Saman Thursday, 01 May 2014 10:27 PM

    Hey Canada, you can sleep with the terrorist but as Sri Lankans, we don't. For couple of thousands of Tamil votes, stop betraying the Canadian nation!

    Cobra Thursday, 01 May 2014 02:29 AM

    Aren't Canada concerned about Sri Lanka's concerns about the number of terrorists she is harboring as a political vote base?

    Phobia Thursday, 01 May 2014 08:12 AM

    Canada has got Lankanphobia. She sees ghosts behind every Sri Lankan bush. Get treatment soon. via DM iPad app

    ram Friday, 02 May 2014 02:33 AM

    Intelligent people knows what is right and what is wrong they are not racial like SL government .

    rosebud Thursday, 01 May 2014 08:33 AM

    Canadian government speaks with a forked tongue due to its dependence on LTTE votes and funds. via DM Android App

    impartial Thursday, 01 May 2014 09:03 AM

    try giving em a piece of your country then via DM Android App

    Anju Thursday, 01 May 2014 03:39 AM

    Canada SHAME ON YOU - supporting terrorists

    Lal s Thursday, 01 May 2014 03:46 AM

    Canada You are a trouble maker for my country peace just mind your business rather than pocking in to another country internal matters

    Nimal Thursday, 01 May 2014 03:54 AM

    We are also concerned that the Canadian Govt. is entertaining terrorist front organisations purely for political mileage!

    P.S. Your concern is noted!

    kevin Thursday, 01 May 2014 04:07 AM

    So Canada got to be concerned of course. If not they will lose some Votes( Tamil Terrorist Sympathizing Votes) and we Sri Lankans understand it perfectly!

    dalubanda Thursday, 01 May 2014 04:28 AM

    Do the terrorists complying with the international human right law???

    jim pappa Thursday, 01 May 2014 01:12 PM

    Hithata dukai thamai, ( John malli, Lynne nangi ), owwa ohoma thamai.

    mahinda Thursday, 01 May 2014 05:29 AM

    Hey Canada

    read the US counter terrorism report just released or risk another Qubec in Toronto

    chinthaka Thursday, 01 May 2014 06:19 AM

    "This action by the Sri Lankan government could further hinder progress on reconciliation. "

    Reconciliation in Canada ?

    Meemuththa Thursday, 01 May 2014 06:24 AM

    "Diaspora communities play an important role in Sri Lanka’s post-conflict reconciliation process. "

    Cat out from Canada !

    Jan Chandraa Friday, 02 May 2014 05:18 AM

    Go to hell!


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