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Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada-CHOGM

7 October 2013
Bali, Indonesia
 
Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement:
 
“When Sri Lanka was selected to host the 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, Canada was hopeful that the Sri Lankan government would seize the opportunity to improve human rights conditions and take steps towards reconciliation and accountability. Unfortunately, this has not been the case.
 
“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.
 
“Canada noted with concern the impeachment of the Sri Lankan Chief Justice earlier this year, and we remain disturbed by ongoing reports of intimidation and incarceration of political leaders and journalists, harassment of minorities, reported disappearances, and allegations of extra judicial killings.
 
“Canada believes that if the Commonwealth is to remain relevant it must stand in defence of the basic principles of freedom, democracy, and respect for human dignity, which are the very foundation upon which the Commonwealth was built.
 
“It is clear that the Sri Lankan government has failed to uphold the Commonwealth’s core values, which are cherished by Canadians. As such, as the Prime Minister of Canada, I will not attend the 2013 CHOGM in Colombo, Sri Lanka. This is a decision that I do not take lightly.
 
“Canada will continue to monitor events in Sri Lanka and urge the government to implement fully the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission, promote respect for human rights and the rule of law, and undertake an independent investigation into alleged violations of the human rights of thousands of civilians at the end of the conflict.
 
“Canada will continue to work with our partners and through the United Nations to draw attention to the situation in Sri Lanka. I have also asked the Minister of Foreign Affairs to review Canada’s financial contributions to Commonwealth programs and the Commonwealth Secretariat.
 
“The Honourable Deepak Obhrai, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and for International Human Rights, will represent Canada at the meeting in Colombo.”
 
Updated 8/10/2013

Successful Tour of No Fire Zone in Australia

We would like to thank you all for supporting us to make the tour of No Fire Zone in Australia successful. It was a show of unity with several individuals and organisations pitching in to organise the event. It was a show of strength by the community.

We were also very humbled by several organisations endorsing the screenings when we approached them. It is a testament of trust ATC has built and a show of support for truth to be told.

Please Click here for update of the tour.

Australian Tour No Fire Zone- Interview with Director Callum Macrae-ABC TV

A film documenting the final months of civil war in Sri Lanka has been screened in the Australian Parliament and other states in Australia. ABC TV interviewed director Mr Callum Macrae on Saturday 29 June 2013.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVwsxGHDrZM&feature=youtu.be

 

 

ATC Petition-Prime Minister: Reconsider CHOGM 2013 in Sri Lanka

Although Canada has strengthened it's boycott position, Australia's Foreign Minister, Bob Carr remains under  the misconception 'there is no evidence of  current human rights abuses in Sri Lanka'.

Unbelievably, the fact that the Sri Lankan Rajapaske regime blatantly undermines numerous Commonwealth Values and Principles, has been glossed over by our Government and the Commonwealth Community

Click here to sign

No Fire Zone- Sri Lanka's Killing Fields-Australian Tour

No Fire Zone - The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka

 Australian tour of the true story of war crimes committed in Sri Lanka four years ago

 Sydney

 Sydney CBD

 Date: Thursday 27 June 2013

 Time: 6.00pm

 Venue: Wesley Conference Centre, 220 Pitt Street, Sydney

 To book ticket online click here 

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 Silverwater 

 Date: Saturday 29 June 2013

 Time: 6.15pm

 Venue: C3 Conference Venue-Cnr Egerton and Silverwater Road Silverwater

 To book ticket online click here 

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 Melbourne

 Date: Friday 28 June 2013

 Time: 6.30pm

 Venue: Carrillo Gantner Theatre, Sidney Myer Asian Centre,University of Melbourne, Near Gate 6,Swanston Street, Melbourne

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 Canberra

 Hosted by ANU Law Students' Society

 Date: Monday 24 June 2013

 Venue: Coombs Theatre, The Australian National University

 Time: 6:30pm

 Contact click here

 Perth

 Date: Sunday 30 June 2013

 Time: 6.30pm

 Venue: Cinema Paradise, Northbridge Perth

Book Tickets online click here 

 


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 Further information:

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