Canada banned Mahinda and Gotabaya, you must know the reason

Sri Lanka: The Canadian government has imposed sanctions on former Sri Lankan presidents Mahinda Rajapaksa and Gotabaya Rajapaksa over human rights abuses during the 26-year-long war against the Tamil minority. 

The Canadian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday that Canada is imposing sanctions against the following individuals who committed gross and systematic human rights abuses during Sri Lanka’s civil conflict from 1983 to 2009. As per the sanctions, the assets of the Rajapaksa brothers will be confiscated and they will not be allowed to enter Canada.

Canada’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the Special Economic Measures (Sri Lanka) listed individuals are subject to any restrictions by prohibiting Canada and Canadians outside of Canada from engaging in any activity related to any assets of these listed individuals or providing financial assistance. Also ban any kind of transaction. The statement added that persons listed in the schedule of the rules are also considered inadmissible to Canada under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. 

It is noteworthy that tens of thousands of people were killed in the 26-year civil war between government forces and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Both sides were accused of war crimes, especially in the final months of the war. The then President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his brother and then Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa oversaw the forces, which were accused of targeting Tamil civilians. 

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