Canadian PM notes foreign judges must be involved in Sri Lanka

Justin TrudeauThe Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau says foreign judges must be involved in the investigations on the war in Sri Lanka.

He said this in a statement issued on the seventh anniversary of the end of the war in Sri Lanka.

“Today, we mark the anniversary of the end of the war in Sri Lanka in 2009. It is a time to honour, remember, and reflect on the victims of this 26-year war. Over the past seven years, I have met many victims of this war, and have been deeply moved by their heroic stories of trauma and loss. Much work lies ahead to heal the wounds of all those who have suffered, and to achieve long-term peace and reconciliation on the island,” he said.

The Prime Minister said that Tamil-Canadians are an integral part of Canada and have overcome much adversity.

presi_sup_p30-Parakum1“I extend my deepest sympathy and support to Canadians of Tamil descent,” he added.

He also said that he was encouraged that the Sri Lankan Government is committed to working with the United Nations Human Rights Council and the international community towards seeking accountability in Sri Lanka.

Trudeau said a robust accountability mechanism must enlist the confidence of the victims of this war, through the meaningful engagement of foreign and Commonwealth investigators, prosecutors, and judges.

He said Canada will continue to engage the international community in investigating and addressing serious violations of international law in Sri Lanka and around the world and is also willing to assist the Government of Sri Lanka in fulfilling this commitment. (Colombo Gazette)