TORONTO, May 29 /CNW/ - Babu Nagalingam, President of the Canadian Human
Rights Voice (CHRV) today thanked Canadians for their support and patience
during the recent weeks and urged the Government of Canada to continue to take
a more active role in Sri Lankan crisis.
"We as Canadian Tamils would like to express our gratitude to all
Canadians for their continued support and patience as we struggle to handle,
bring attention to and ask for assistance in ending the atrocities that are
resulting from the conflict in Sri Lanka," said Nagalingam.
"While our hearts are broken to see what is taking place in Sri Lanka,
and the immense suffering faced by our Tamil friends, families and kin, we are
encouraged by the willingness of Government of Canada and Prime Minister
Harper to provide leadership in very difficult and troubling times and for the
$3 million in humanitarian aid already provided," added Nagalingam.
CHRV believe Canada can continue to play an important role and we call on
the Government of Canada to:
i) Act expeditiously to ensure direct assistance such as food, shelter
and medical aid, including medical professionals from Canada reached the
thousands of Tamils in the conflict zone;
ii) Advise the Sri Lankan government that it risks suspension from the
Commonwealth should the government continue to prohibit humanitarian
aid and international observers from reaching innocent civilians in the
iii) Remind the Sri Lankan government that it has a responsibility to
protect innocent civilians and to treat prisoners of war humanely
according to the Geneva Convention and urge Canada to take a lead role in
the investigation into the conflict to determine if such violations took
place and to hold those responsible who have committed crimes against
iv) Engage with the Tamil community to help end the discrimination and
profiling of Canadian Tamils by recognizing their economic and social
contribution to the country as a whole; seek ways to provide counseling
and support for Canadian Tamils who have fled the conflict zone and
continue to live in Canada in distress suffering from post-traumatic
stress disorder; and, engage with the Tamil community to facilitate
better integration into Canadian society
"Canada and Canadians have been generous in personal and political
support. We are looking forward to working with Prime Minister Harper, his
Ministers, and all levels of government to promote human rights and improve
the lives of Canadian Tamils."
Canadian Human Rights Voice (CHRV) is an organization that is committed
to promote, educate, defend and voice human rights violations.
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For further information: Babu Nagalingam, President, CHRV, (416)