Canadian Doctors of Tamil Descent call on the Canadian government for immediate action in Sri Lanka

    TORONTO, May 11 /CNW/ - The escalating humanitarian crisis in the North
of Sri Lanka has caused tremendous burden in the Medical profession both in
Sri Lanka and in Canada. An estimated 3,200 men, women and children have been
killed between May 9 & 10, 2009 in the war zone and thousands more have been
injured. This dramatic escalation adds to the thousands previously reported
killed and injured by the United Nations since the escalation began in
    The Canadian Medical Dental Development Association (CMDDA) call on the
Canadian government to immediately:

    1)  Begin diplomatic pressure on Sri Lankan government and the United
        Nations to call an immediate and permanent ceasefire to halt this
        ongoing medical humanitarian tragedy;
    2)  Demand the immediate supply of food, water and medicine to people in
        "no-fire zone" and internment camps by NGOs;
    3)  Begin dialogues with both sides to ensure the safety of the 130,000
        civilians trapped in the conflict zone;
    4)  Cease all direct monetary aid to the Sri Lankan government and divert
        through NGOs to ensure delivery of necessary humanitarian assistance
        to the affected; and
    5)  Use legal expertise to initiate the Responsibility to Protect (R2P)
        and other means to secure Tamils from the FAILED-STATE, Sri Lanka.

    Dr. V. Santhakumar, President of the CMDDA stated "130,000 civilians
remain trapped in the "no-fire zone" including women and children. They are
suffering from dehydration, malnutrition, diarrhea, respiratory illnesses and
trauma from the daily military attacks. There are absolutely no anesthetics,
antibiotics, blood products or oxygen available for treatment of the injured.
The Canadian government and the United Nations must intervene."
    Dr. V. Santhakumar also stated "About 195,000 civilians who escaped the
conflict area and are confined in internment camps have been left without
food, water, shelter, medical care and clothing. The Canadian government
cannot wait around any longer, they must act now!"
    The United Kingdom's "Channel 4" aired the first independent video clip
of the horrible conditions inside the internment camps. The video can be seen
    Additional reports of the escalating humanitarian crisis can be found
through the Human Rights Watch and London's Telegraph

For further information:

For further information: Dr. V. Santhakumar, President, (416) 230-0424;
Dr. J Rajendra, Past President, (416) 627-9633; Todd Ross, Coordinator, (416)
505-4740 or

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