A UN panel has found clear evidence that nearly 40,000 minority Tamil civilians were killed in the last years of the war in Sri Lanka. The 47-member UN Human Rights Council has approved an inquiry into the violence that prevailed during the war.
“Prime Minister Harper has played a leadership role by standing up for Human Rights in Sri Lanka. Our Prime Minister boycotted the recent Commonwealth meeting which took place in Sri Lanka.
Prime Minister Harper has stated that “Canada is deeply concerned about the situation in Sri Lanka. The absence of accountability for the serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian standards during and after the civil war is unacceptable.”
Member of Parliament Eve Adams stated that “the Sri Lankan government’s behaviour goes against all of our core Canadian values. Their refusal to co-operate with the United Nations inquiry on Human Rights violations is simply not acceptable.”
Sri Lanka currently chairs the Commonwealth Organisation, which has a core mandate to defend the basic principles of freedom, democracy, and respect for human dignity, which are the very foundation upon which the Commonwealth was built.
Having failed to uphold these principles, all countries should consider withholding funding from the Commonwealth until Sri Lanka steps down as its Chair.