Canada imposes tough sanctions on Mahinda and Gota for human rights violations


Colombo (Information 1st) – Canada has imposed powerful sanctions on former Sri Lankan Presidents Mahinda Rajapksa and Gotabaya Rajapaksa which prohibits them from coming into Canada, conducting any enterprise in Canada, and freezes any belongings they could have in Canada, Canada’s Ministry of International Affairs introduced Tuesday.

There have been no fast reactions from both of the 2 former Presidents or from the Authorities of Sri Lanka.

Canada’s International Minister Melanie Joly tweeted: “Canada has imposed sanctions in opposition to 4 Sri Lankan state officers answerable for gross and systematic violations of human rights. These sanctions ship a transparent message: Canada won’t settle for continued impunity for people who have dedicated human rights violations in Sri Lanka.”

“Canada is imposing sanctions in opposition to the next people who dedicated gross and systematic violations of human rights throughout Sri Lanka’s civil battle, which occurred from 1983 to 2009,” the Ministry introduced.

The people have been named as:

  • Former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa
  • Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa
  • Workers Sergeant Sunil Ratnayake (Sri Lanka Military)
  • Lieutenant Commander Chandana Prasad Hettiarachchi (Sri Lanka Navy)

“The Particular Financial Measures (Sri Lanka) Rules impose on listed individuals a prohibition on any transaction (successfully, an asset freeze) by prohibiting individuals in Canada and Canadians outdoors Canada from partaking in any exercise associated to any property of those listed individuals or offering monetary or associated providers to them. The people listed within the Schedule to the Rules are additionally rendered inadmissible to Canada beneath the Immigration and Refugee Safety Act,” the Ministry stated.

The total assertion by Canada’s Ministry of International Affairs may be discovered at

Workers Sergeant Sunil Ratnayake was sentenced to loss of life by a Sri Lankan court docket for the brutal slaying of eight Tamil civilians in northern Sri Lanka in 2000, however acquired a controversial presidential pardon from President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Lieutenant Commander Chandana Prasad Hettiarachchi was arrested for the homicide of 11 civilians who had been kidnapped and held captive within the Sri Lanka Navy base in Trincomalee.

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