NDP MP Rathika Sitsabaiesan reportedly under house arrest in Sri Lanka

Rathika_Sitsabaiesan_Mannaar_01MP of Tamil background reports intimidation in Sri Lanka[ Spec ][ Jan 02 11:12 GMT ]

A New Democrat MP of Tamil heritage says she experienced “political intimidation” during a private visit to her native Sri Lanka, but that authorities stopped short of trying to kick her out of the country.She played a prominent role in New Democrat efforts to persuade the Conservative government to boycott a meeting of Commonwealth leaders in Sri Lanka last November. Prime Minister Stephen Harper did not attend, citing the Sri Lankan government’s human rights record. However, Deepak Obhrai, a parliamentary secretary, did represent Canada at the Colombo meeting. [ full story |

Statement from NDP MP Rathika Sitsabaiesan on her stay in Sri Lanka[ NDP ][ Jan 01 23:37 GMT ]

I was warned I could be subject to arrest and deportation, as several commonwealth MPs from New Zealand and Australia recently faced. I have received word from the Canadian High Commission in Colombo that the Sri Lankan authorities have confirmed that their previous claims of an arrest warrant in my name does not exist and I now look forward to exploring and learning more about the country of my birth.New Democrats, like millions of Canadians, will continue to staunchly defend human rights and freedom of speech, in Canada and around the world. [ full story |

Rathika Sitsabaiesan House Arrest: Foreign Affairs Denies Reports Of Detention[ Huffington Post ][ Jan 01 14:20 GMT ]

The Canadian government says there is no arrest warrant out for a New Democrat MP in Sri Lanka. The reports generated concern in Canadian government circles with Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and the junior minister responsible for consular affairs, Lynne Yelich, expressing their concern.”Sri Lankan authorities have clarified with us there is no arrest warrant for @RathikaS. We will continue to follow closely until she is home,” Yelich tweeted late Tuesday. [ full story |

Ottawa investigates reports of NDP MP’s house arrest in Sri Lanka[ Globe and Mail ][ Jan 01 05:26 GMT ]

The Canadian government has been monitoring Sri Lankan media report that a New Democrat MP was put under house arrest in the Asian country.Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and the junior minister responsible for consular affairs, Lynne Yelich, both tweeted they were very concerned about the reports. Ms. Yelich later tweeted that Sri Lankan authorities denied there had been an arrest warrant against Sitsabaiesan. Ms. Yelich added that “we will continue to follow closely until she is home.” [ full story |

NDP MP Rathika Sitsabaiesan reportedly under house arrest in Sri Lanka[ CBC ][ Jan 01 04:18 GMT ]

Canada’s Foreign Affairs ministry is investigating reports that Toronto NDP MP Rathika Sitsabaiesan is under house arrest in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird tweeted that his staff was “working on these reports.” Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Lynne Yelich tweeted that “our High Commissioner in Colombo will be making representations in Sri Lanka to determine her status.” [ full story |

Canadian Eezham Tamil MP Rathika Sitsabaiesan under house arrest in Jaffna[ TamilNet ][ Jan 01 03:08 GMT ]

Canadian Eezham Tamil parliamentarian Rathika Sitsabaiesan representing Sacarborough-Rouge River constituency, who was on a visit to the island has come under the harassment of the occupying Sri Lankan military and police establishment in Jaffna on Tuesday evening. SL ‘Terrorist Investigation Department’ Officer-in-Charge in Jaffna Ranaweera accompanied by two TID female officers, who were waiting at a hotel in Jaffna, where Ms Rathika Sitsabaiesan was staying, have placed the visiting Canadian parliamentarian under an ‘unofficial’ house-arrest [ full story |