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


Colombo (Info 1st) – Canada has imposed highly effective 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 may have in Canada, Canada’s Ministry of Worldwide Affairs launched Tuesday.

There have been no quick reactions from each of the two former Presidents or from the Authorities of Sri Lanka.

Canada’s Worldwide 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 clear message: Canada will not accept continued impunity for individuals who have devoted human rights violations in Sri Lanka.”

“Canada is imposing sanctions in opposition to the subsequent individuals who devoted gross and systematic violations of human rights all through Sri Lanka’s civil battle, which occurred from 1983 to 2009,” the Ministry launched.

The folks have been named as:

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

“The Specific Monetary Measures (Sri Lanka) Guidelines impose on listed people a prohibition on any transaction (efficiently, an asset freeze) by prohibiting people in Canada and Canadians open air Canada from partaking in any train related to any property of these listed people or providing financial or related suppliers to them. The folks listed inside the Schedule to the Guidelines are moreover rendered inadmissible to Canada beneath the Immigration and Refugee Security Act,” the Ministry acknowledged.

The full assertion by Canada’s Ministry of Worldwide Affairs could also be found at

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

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