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  • Ontario Government releases document from Federal Government that no genocide of Tamils took place   
  • Says legal test for genocide is very high in international law   

By Kelum Bandara   

The Ontario government in Canada which adopted the Tami Genocide Education Week has finally released the official communication received from the Federal Government of Canada that Canada does not recognize as genocide the actions and violence committed against Tamils by the Sri Lankan government and military from the time of its independence in 1948 until the end of the civil war in 2009, Daily Mirror learns.    

The Ontario government released this communication on August 8, 2023 ,which was part of a trove of documents released in response to a request under the right to information law by Toronto based human rights and Immigration lawyer Viresh Fernando.  


The Federal Government in its communication said, “Canada does not recognize as genocide the actions and violence committed against Tamils by the Sri Lankan government and military from the time of its independence in 1948 until the end of the civil war in 2009. Recognition of a genocide against Tamils would be inconsistent with how Ontario and the federal government (including under Prime Ministers Harper and Trudeau) have responded to past demands that violence against Tamil people in Sri Lanka be declared an act of genocide.   
Global Affairs Canada has noted that the legal test to be met for genocide in international law is a very high one. Canada’s general position, and the position held by many like-minded nations, is that courts should make the determination whether genocide has taken place.   


A UN report on the Sri Lanka civil was stated that both the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) violated international humanitarian law and human rights law. The LTTE, more commonly known as the Tamil Tigers was a political and military group that fought for an independent Tamil homeland in Sri Lanka. It emerged in response to the tensions between the majority Sinhalese and minority Tamils,”   


Besides, the Canadian government has demanded 270 additional days to release records related to the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s recent statements made in May and July 2023 regarding the deaths of Tamil civilians in Sri Lanka, Daily Mirror learns.   


A Sri Lankan Canadian has sought these details under access to information requests from the Canadian authorities     


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  • Truth Hurts - We all need to learn and move on Thursday, 10 August 2023 10:17 AM

    Nice to see a civilian of the diaspora taking a decisive measure of exercising the Canadian RTI. Hope lawyer Viresh Fernando will be provided the freedom and security to live in Canada without any clawing, intimidation or threats from the Tamil movement known as Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) whose overseas branches are yet active very specially in Canada

    Jeewaratne hule Thursday, 10 August 2023 10:21 AM

    It is abundantly clear If there had been a higher voter base of Sri Lankans who are non Tamils in these countries and if Sri Lanka had adopted a pro Western geo political stance in the past, non of these charges, claims, reports or resolutions etc would have adopted or taken place other than a watered down mere whimper. It all comes down to domestic political compulsions and strategic geo political agenda of its allies and change of regimes in targeted countries.

    Abortion pill promotor Thursday, 10 August 2023 10:55 AM

    Human rights violation of all monthly waged people taking place by default as a result of bankruptcy under the very politicians and officials still governing. Some contractors and businesses in pharmaceutical sector, still can manage.

    Sokrates Thursday, 10 August 2023 11:25 AM

    The legal term for the word genocide defined in the UN Charter and the criminal offenses required for it do not apply to the barbaric acts of the SL military and their political commanders. In extreme cases not even a single person has to have been murdered in order to commit the crime of genocide. For this, other elements of the facts are necessary. However, according to the UN Charter, crimes against humanity and war crimes were committed by the SL military and politicians involved. Again, these are non-statute-barred crimes that will be prosecuted by international and national courts, regardless of where these crimes were committed.

    HW Thursday, 10 August 2023 04:38 PM

    @ Sokrates , you are complete mental !!!

    Ram Thursday, 10 August 2023 04:49 PM

    Truth is out knocking Trudeau out.

    DOT Thursday, 10 August 2023 05:28 PM

    First Show your ability to run a family, then a country. Later look @ the world! Please , please do not add salt to the healing wound.

    Red Indian Thursday, 10 August 2023 10:31 PM

    True Door way

    Mandayan Friday, 11 August 2023 03:07 PM

    In gat 270 days, Canada is hoping for our country to complete internal investigation!!


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