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Canada has imposed targeted sanctions on four Sri Lankans including former Presidents Mahinda Rajapaksa and Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

Other two Sri Lankans sanctioned are staff sergeant Sunil Ratnayake and Lieutenant Commander Chandana Hettiarachchi. 

A statement from the Canadian government said  Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, announced Canada imposed targeted sanctions under regulations pursuant to the Special Economic Measures Act against four Sri Lankan state officials responsible for gross and systematic violations of human rights during armed conflict in Sri Lanka, which occurred from 1983 to 2009.

“The regulations pursuant to the Special Economic Measures Act impose on listed persons a dealings prohibition, which would effectively freeze any assets they may hold in Canada and render them inadmissible to Canada under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

Despite continued calls from Canada and the international community to address accountability, the Government of Sri Lanka has taken limited meaningful and concrete action to uphold its human rights obligations. This jeopardizes progress on justice for affected populations, and prospects for peace and reconciliation.

Victims and survivors of gross human rights violations deserve justice. That is why Canada continues to call on Sri Lanka to fulfill its commitment to establish a meaningful accountability process.

These sanctions send a clear message that Canada will not accept continued impunity for those that have committed gross human rights violations in Sri Lanka.

Canada will continue to collaborate alongside international partners, including through relevant multilateral bodies to advocate for human rights and accountability in Sri Lanka, which is an important step toward securing a safe, peaceful and inclusive future for the country. Canada, as part of the Core Group on Sri Lanka at the United Nations Human Rights Council will continue to advocate for the full implementation of resolution 51/1 and support efforts towards attaining accountability and peace on the island.

Canada supports efforts towards urgent political and economic reforms to alleviate the hardships faced by the people in Sri Lanka. We strongly encourage the Sri Lankan government to promote democracy, human rights and maintain the rule of law as it works to address this crisis,” the statement said. (Kelum Bandara)


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  • Sunil Tuesday, 10 January 2023 08:49 PM

    Great news. There are many others who deserve much severe treatment. A

    Citizen Tuesday, 10 January 2023 09:10 PM

    My salute to the Canadian Government... Wish the other countries follow the steps

    Johan Tuesday, 10 January 2023 09:11 PM

    Which country next?.. Normally there will be more ban.. EU .. US. Ohh no..Gota may be stuck in SL forever..

    Vadivelu Yogaratnam Tuesday, 10 January 2023 09:22 PM

    Once Rajapaksa's family thoughts they are untouchable, god prevail.

    No name had threats Tuesday, 10 January 2023 09:25 PM

    I hope Canada also hears the voices of moderate and powerless Tamils who suffered horrendous HR violations on them by the terror groups. Why is it that abducting children from innocent Tamil families executing parents and teachers to forcibly take away crying children to torture them and arm them has been ignored. I am from the Sinhala majority who listened to the horror they experienced. My community raised funds to help those poor people. They made the biggest sacrifices by force to send them to die. Children’s desire was not war. They wanted the warmth of home and parental love.

    Ranil1 Tuesday, 10 January 2023 11:13 PM

    @No name.... Why blame Canada? The Northern terrorists were able to wage war for over three decades with impunity because every successive government was incompetent and incapable of protecting the citizens. Why do you think the governments have now failed to deliver justice to our people even in peace time? First blame yourself for electing retards to government than blaming others for your own follies!

    Canadian Wednesday, 11 January 2023 12:17 AM

    Ha Ha Ha. Yeah right.

    SS Wednesday, 11 January 2023 12:21 AM

    That's why they are called terrorists and they are banned by law. Masses did not elect these people and they have no control over them. Do you want the Canadian government hunt individual members of the terrorists organizations? When an elected government carry out genocide, rape etc. they will be held accountable. Even prosecute members of terrorist organizations that carry acts against humanity. So comparing an elected government carrying out crimes against humanity with that of a terrorist organization.

    Ex-Srilankan Wednesday, 11 January 2023 01:07 AM

    On 10 April 2006, the Canadian government announced that it listed the LTTE as a terrorist organization under the country's Anti-Terrorism Act. I can’t understand why do you guys are so stupid and ignorant.

    Mahila Wednesday, 11 January 2023 03:21 AM

    You are a Legend, trying to save the Legends!! Saviour of the Saviour and must be proud of it, even more than the Messiah!!?? You need to do some serious and more compelling fund raising to ensure Justice to both these guys, especially to GR as he cannot go back to his adopted country and family!!!??? Please do something tangible and soon enough!!???

    occational visitor Wednesday, 11 January 2023 04:25 AM

    Canadians do not know by themselves that 2 minutes ago of 13th minute their companies had sold the the guns, ammunicion, at least, to the similar terrorist groups, after the last presented fake documents. Swedish representative of the European court knew it 1 -2 years ago.

    Dr Robert Croos Wednesday, 11 January 2023 04:29 AM

    The matter is about what MR and GR did. Not about LTTE. Theirs should be separate issue and many are already dead. This commentator implies that two wrongs cancel out the problem and justifies excusing one side. I am from a burger heritage and know well about the altitudes of Sri Lankans when some thing called JUSTICE is considered.

    Apuhamy Gunatllke Tuesday, 10 January 2023 09:36 PM

    Good News. This is the beginning of the End for the Culprits.

    Hassanda Tuesday, 10 January 2023 09:49 PM

    Mr Rajapaksas What you did for others You get it back in a nasty way God is Great

    NIHAL WEERAWQARDANE Tuesday, 10 January 2023 09:59 PM

    ALL THIS IS BULLCHIT OF LTTE HUMAN RIGHT -

    Hetti Tuesday, 10 January 2023 10:01 PM

    Sri Lankans LOVEs Canada Thank you.

    citizen Tuesday, 10 January 2023 10:01 PM

    very good

    Roberta Flack Tuesday, 10 January 2023 10:03 PM

    They should sanction RW too for being complicit with rogues and connivers.

    Sam Silva Tuesday, 10 January 2023 10:17 PM

    Canada could freeze their assets but we cannot do to the same who lives here and robbed in this country How pathetic

    Pantha Kumaran Tuesday, 10 January 2023 10:25 PM

    Who cares. We all know very well both Gota and Mahinda are welcome in China. China will take care of both. We don't need Canada. Only Tamils need Canada.

    roni Tuesday, 10 January 2023 10:26 PM

    Come on Ranil now show your watercolors.

    Victim Tuesday, 10 January 2023 10:28 PM

    You may run and run. Ultimately you fall.

    History speaks for itself. Tuesday, 10 January 2023 11:43 PM

    Yes, who created the militant movement? It’s the chauvinistic Sinhala governments since independence. If Federalism had been given we wouldn’t have had the war. Blame the British for amalgamating the Sinhala and Tamil Kingdoms.

    Roshan Wednesday, 11 January 2023 12:00 AM

    These sanctions should come from within SriLanka that should be the ultimate punishment.

    Rehan Wednesday, 11 January 2023 12:05 AM

    Good move we expecting other countries too

    Victor Jayasekera Wednesday, 11 January 2023 12:14 AM

    Not only corrupted politicians, barbaric terrorist should be punished too. Both parties r dirty innocent Tamils

    Da Wednesday, 11 January 2023 02:38 AM

    Political interests is different from the reality.

    Concern Wednesday, 11 January 2023 03:14 AM

    Hopefully, this is just a start for many other countries and the International community to do the same. Sri lanka is a pariah state.

    Gama Rala Wednesday, 11 January 2023 03:38 AM

    Next it will be Ranil Wickramasinghe. Finally, Sri Lankans will get justice for the abuse inflicted upon the masses by these tyrants.

    Jude Wednesday, 11 January 2023 04:06 AM

    The SL famous siblings should be hauled to the Hague to be prosecute at international crimes court!! yeah!!

    When will others learn? Wednesday, 11 January 2023 04:12 AM

    I read somewhere as follows: "The whole world so large as may be will seem narrow and constricted to the sinners." Jesus who wandered the country saying "sky is my roof and earth is my bed." with bread tucked under his arm had more freedom than these immensely wealthy rulers. When will the others learn?

    panasonic.kwi@gmail.com Wednesday, 11 January 2023 04:31 AM

    No one man or woman of these at least 2 orginiztions, which I know 100 per cent, is dead. I forgot to thank Canada, Swedem and NATO for the suppot of the terrorist orgizations in the own territories.

    Siripala Bandarage Wednesday, 11 January 2023 05:17 AM

    A great decision -Wonderful news! Hope the US and the Europe will follow Canada soon!

    Proper Tamils Wednesday, 11 January 2023 06:48 AM

    The fact is the normal educated Tamils does not care the Tamil issue. It is the POLITICIAN(Tamil

    Wixie Wednesday, 11 January 2023 06:51 AM

    Bombing Colombo is not violation of Human Rights?

    Joshua Wednesday, 11 January 2023 07:08 AM

    USA should also do it

    Muralidaran Somasunderam Wednesday, 11 January 2023 07:26 AM

    This is what the majority Sinhalese community should understand that the last Presidential and General Elections in Sri Lanka was race based, which is unacceptable. Even Britain has appointed an Indian as PM of England. I wonder when a Tamil or a Muslim will be President or PM of Sri Lanka. It is time to change in Sri Lanka in my candid view .

    Tissa Fernando Wednesday, 11 January 2023 05:55 PM

    Tamil and Muslim can become a leader in Sri Lanka if they work on national issues , but except Late Luxman Kadirgamar, all Tamil and Muslim leaders concentrate on their own communities and only want to take care of themselves. So they will not be accepted by the others to lead the country.

    janakahetti Wednesday, 11 January 2023 07:53 AM

    This will do nothing for the rajapaksas, thier best friends China ,Russia

    s.shiiha Wednesday, 11 January 2023 10:54 AM

    The whole world should come to this conclusion for the injustice done to this country and its people!

    Gayantha Hemachandra Wednesday, 11 January 2023 12:15 PM

    We strongly and willingly register our extreme happiness over the issuing of sanctions on Old Myna


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