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Visiting Canadian Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, Jason Kenney today expressed concern over accountability, human rights and lack of political solutions in Sri Lanka. He also said these factors are reasons for an influx of immigrants to Canada.
If Sri Lanka does not address issues related to human rights, accountability, political reconciliation, resettlement and judicial independence, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper will keep away from the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka, he said.
Minister Kenney said Prime Minister Harper had sternly emphasized that Canada would not compromise on its stance of maintaining superficial alliances with partner countries.
“We will not go along, to get along”, he said.
The minister said the lack of progress in the areas of human rights, accountability, a political solution to the national question and resettlement was acting as a catalyst for human smuggling activities and was forcing Sri Lankans to seek asylum overseas.
“The lack of progress in achieving a political solution, accountability for crimes committed during the last stages of the war, resettlement and human rights issues are some of the factors that are compelling individuals to seek asylum in Canada and this is an area of profound concern for Canada,” he said.
The minister said the deteriorating situation in the country was demonstrated by the increase in the number of illegal asylum seekers to Australia and Canada, in the post war period.
“There are more people trying to enter Canada and Australia through illegal means now, than during the period of the conflict – this is a demonstration of the worsening situation,” he said. (Dianne Silva) (Pix by Kithsiri de Mel)





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  • ira Monday, 07 January 2013 04:16 AM

    He is repeating like a parrot what the LTTE disaspora in Canada asked him to tell. If that is the case why he came to SL to ask to stop boat people reaching Canada?

    Yuri Monday, 07 January 2013 05:07 AM

    Thank you for your Voice, Sri Lankans are still Sleeping in another world !

    Calistus Jayatilleke Monday, 07 January 2013 05:12 AM

    Yes, absolutely right: the latest being against the Chief Justice.

    Angel Monday, 07 January 2013 09:31 AM

    Thank you. You rightly identified the reason (lack of political solution) for so many risk their lives to leave the country. Do something please Mr. Kennedy!

    Who Cares Monday, 07 January 2013 10:46 AM

    Why are you not talking about the human rights abuses by the Canadian forces in Afghanistan.

    Bagalawathie Monday, 07 January 2013 10:52 AM

    Mr Kenny, please tell Sri Lankans how you treat the native indians and eskimos. There is no human rights violataions. Ha ?.

    ravi Monday, 07 January 2013 12:37 PM

    Thank you sir you have to punish them for HR.

    Dee Monday, 07 January 2013 02:39 PM

    Another naive parrot from the west who does not know shall we say "from his %&$£ from elbow".

    Lanka Liar Monday, 07 January 2013 02:49 PM

    There are none in Sri Lanka they have finished them off.

    Kumaraya Monday, 07 January 2013 03:06 PM

    At last the truth behind the human smuggling and the reason for people fleeing sri lanka is understood by the Canadian Minister of Immigration. The Tamils in the North & East started fleeing Sri Lanka only after the 1983 Govt sponsored pogrom and continuing human rights violations and rapes. It is important that the Countries against human smuggling will understand the real cause and force sri lanka to revert to rule of law, jusrice and true democracy as stipulated in the Commonwealth nations.

    Jagath Leanage Monday, 07 January 2013 03:08 PM

    Now HR violation is taking place to the MAXIMUM. No law and order, pepetrators are not punished,Innocent people get harased, robing pulic money in differnt wasy etc,etc.

    Jeewan Monday, 07 January 2013 05:23 PM

    Good propaganda show as the Elections in Canada is due soon

    Some aiya Monday, 07 January 2013 05:53 PM

    Hello Einstein, Is that why 80% of them return to Sri Lanka on Holiday once they obtain a Canadian passport.

    Know your facts before you open your gob.

    Fernando Tuesday, 08 January 2013 12:14 AM

    Ape Dheviya.

    Lobo Wednesday, 09 January 2013 07:13 AM

    I can see the diaspora and their henchiyas have been active by the red thumbs. Your comment must have hit a sore spot.


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