Canada cuts C'wealth funding over SL woes

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Canada will suspend funding to the Commonwealth while the chair of the secretariat is occupied by Sri Lanka because of human rights concerns.

Canada will instead direct its planned $20m (£12m) contribution toward other Commonwealth programmes.

Sri Lanka has denied accusations by rights groups that its forces committed atrocities in the 1983-2009 war.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper boycotted a Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka last year.

Sri Lanka's army defeated separatist Tamil Tiger rebels in May 2009. The rebels have also been accused of atrocities.

"Canada remains deeply concerned about the absence of accountability for alleged serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian standards in Sri Lanka," Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird told Canadian media.

"We will reallocate the funds to assist in combating the practice of child, early and forced marriage, and help Commonwealth civil society advance the promotion of human rights," he added.

Mr Harper's government has been praised by human rights groups in the past for pushing for an investigation into the end of Sri Lanka's civil war.
Since then there have been allegations of mass civilian deaths at the end of the conflict. (BBC)
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  • don charles Tuesday, 15 April 2014 05:59 AM

    Its OK. Api handen haal Genna minissu!

    max Tuesday, 15 April 2014 06:25 AM

    sri lanka dont have wise leaders to support this resolution and get the benefits for the country and clean the country from criminals.

    Appu Singho Tuesday, 15 April 2014 01:01 PM

    All these people have taken the line advocated by the LTTE rump living amongst them. This is nothing new as they get their funding and votes .

    Jan Chandra Tuesday, 15 April 2014 06:50 AM

    Harper should give the funding to the LTTE Diaspora who is giving him the loot in the first place.

    Selva Tuesday, 15 April 2014 07:08 AM

    [quote name="ABC"]Do we need canadian fund to live? via DM Android App[/quote]

    You don't need fund to live but c'wealth needs money from its member to live

    sum Wednesday, 16 April 2014 01:53 AM

    [quote name="arjuna"]an attractive new year gift to rajapakse & his co[/quote]
    LTTE BOMBS VS CANADIAN GIFTS

    anura Tuesday, 15 April 2014 07:15 AM

    [quote name="arjuna"]an attractive new year gift to rajapakse & his co[/quote]
    h human rights to srilankans. We srilankans can forget about their gifts.

    Sangaralingham Saturday, 26 April 2014 02:46 AM

    Use of heads collectively for the progress of the country is morally a good idea instead of blaming others.all the records of most countries including SriLanka is known to the world by media reports which every politician read as his duties called ore of SriLanka because we must all ashamed to say has long standing conflicts with no resolution

    Gobi Tuesday, 15 April 2014 07:17 AM

    First step by IC...more to come....wait and see

    Calistus Jayatilleke Wednesday, 16 April 2014 09:52 AM

    After hearing what happened to Tsunami funds, obviously the Canadians must be worried about their contributions.

    Sangaralingham Saturday, 26 April 2014 02:49 AM

    That is the way the world works just like majority doing to minories in links. That is why politicians need moral education.

    Basuru Jayamaha Tuesday, 15 April 2014 07:32 AM

    No wonder you have 25% missing.
    [quote name="Said Hussein"]At this time what we need is more sanctions against Sri Lanka.

    Said Hussein
    London[/quote]

    antonsunil Tuesday, 15 April 2014 07:32 AM

    cut the funding and give the funds to LTTE terrorists, so that they can kill more people again

    ABC Tuesday, 15 April 2014 07:24 AM

    Do we need canadian fund to live? via DM Android App

    NJ Tuesday, 15 April 2014 07:26 AM

    Don't you guys like peace Canada? Is it only for those so called developed nations?? It seems pieces in the nations that have found peace is what you prefer. via DM Android App

    obama Tuesday, 15 April 2014 07:36 AM

    Who cares Canada? Now we have China. via DM Android App

    Hooligan Tuesday, 15 April 2014 07:52 AM

    Which country gifted the BIA to Sri Lanka?

    Roshan Tuesday, 15 April 2014 07:54 AM

    Canada get real. Please shove your funding where sun doesn't shine. via DM iPad app

    lankan Tuesday, 15 April 2014 08:00 AM

    If you can't afford to fund the CW why blame SL. via DM Android App

    Jinadasa Wednesday, 16 April 2014 04:15 PM

    We don't need your money .You can shove it up your ar.........e via DM iPad app

    GM Tuesday, 15 April 2014 08:04 AM

    Looks like you are overwhelmingly happy about the news.take that as a new year gift for you.

    Jinadasa Wednesday, 16 April 2014 04:15 PM

    We don't need your money .You can shove it up your ar.........e via DM iPad app

    S. PERERA Tuesday, 15 April 2014 08:08 AM

    Canadian PM is trying to attract Tamil vote base in Canada again it seems.

    max Tuesday, 15 April 2014 08:31 AM

    decades ago you and your parents lived from canadian food given by canada for free.what a thankless man you are are.

    ABC Tuesday, 15 April 2014 08:55 AM

    Since when we live with your funds? via DM Android App

    arjuna Tuesday, 15 April 2014 03:39 AM

    an attractive new year gift to rajapakse & his co

    rosebud Tuesday, 15 April 2014 09:09 AM

    Looks like the old colony has become the new colonialist! via DM Android App

    Ranjan Tuesday, 15 April 2014 03:43 AM

    If there is no any change of HR record, Others will follow the suit.

    Regi Tuesday, 15 April 2014 03:57 AM

    Are we contributing any funds to the commonwealth? I think our only contribution is MR is Chairman of the Commonwealth

    dalubanda Tuesday, 15 April 2014 04:11 AM

    How much this follow talking about?

    Ratan Tuesday, 15 April 2014 04:12 AM

    Big deal. Out of 20 million how much goes to sri lanka, a pittance?

    Suresh Tuesday, 15 April 2014 04:13 AM

    Wonderful, funds are allocated for meaning full projects

    Niroshan Tuesday, 15 April 2014 04:14 AM

    Go ask yo mom

    Said Hussein Tuesday, 15 April 2014 04:15 AM

    At this time what we need is more sanctions against Sri Lanka.

    Said Hussein
    London

    Babugee Tuesday, 15 April 2014 04:16 AM

    Who cares about it .We Sri Lankans are not worried

    Gobi Tuesday, 15 April 2014 10:40 AM

    you all dance until it bites your legs. Sri Lanka is in the path of isolation. you morons dont understand. China and Rusiia have some limits

    Nims Tuesday, 15 April 2014 04:21 AM

    Mr Herpies please spend the money on your own native Aborigines who are been subjected to discrimination by you invaders for many years. Just don't try to show off

    lankawick Tuesday, 15 April 2014 04:22 AM

    Harper & Baird of Canada....bully small nation of SL.....
    Yet scared to utter one word against....President Putin & Russia....

    chinth Tuesday, 15 April 2014 04:34 AM

    While occupying others land they preach us nonsense.

    kiwi Thursday, 17 April 2014 07:30 AM

    well said

    Francis Tuesday, 15 April 2014 05:03 AM

    None probably know the implication of suspension of funds, this would mean actvities and operational cost will drastically had to be cut, resulting loss of jobs etc.

    Sam Tuesday, 15 April 2014 05:18 AM

    [quote name="Said Hussein"]At this time what we need is more sanctions against Sri Lanka.

    Said Hussein
    London[/quote]
    because you live in london?

    Russell J Tuesday, 15 April 2014 05:38 AM

    quote name="Said Hussein"]At this time what we need is more sanctions against Sri Lanka.

    Said Hussein
    London[/quote]

    Hi Hussain, People like u are traitors to our Sri Lanka.Live there but u or your fellow gang never ever achieve what they want. True Sri Lankans are ready for anything...


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