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Dec-10-2012 23:40printcomments

MP Stephen Woodworth Expresses Renewed Concern Over Human Rights Violations in Sri Lanka

"I would like to extend my thoughts and prayers towards all those that have been affected by the latest violent attacks..." - MP Stephen Woodworth

Students protesting at Jaffna University
Students protesting at Jaffna University

(TORONTO) - Stephen Woodworth, Member of Parliament for Kitchener Centre, has expressed renewed concern over human rights violation in Sri Lanka in light of recent reports of violent clashes on the University of Jaffna campus between Tamil students and security forces.

Stephen Woodworth, MP

A reported twenty students were wounded, seven of whom were hospitalized and four were detained, following a peaceful demonstration by Tamil students to commemorate those who have lost lives during the ongoing struggle of the Tamil nation.

"Parliamentarians have the responsibility to make it our first priority to raise our voice in support of every person’s fundamental human rights," said Woodworth. These latest incidents are evidence of ongoing tensions directed at Tamils in Sri Lanka.

"I would like to extend my thoughts and prayers towards all those that have been affected by the latest violent attacks and I urge the international community to call on the Sri Lankan Government to put in place measures to ensure the protection of human rights," he concluded.

Source: Office of Stephen Woodworth

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William Annett December 11, 2012 8:39 am (Pacific time)

Mr. Woodworth, men (and women) of goodwill everywhere, not to mention anyone with any brains, would enthusiastically agree with your concern for the Tamil people. What amazes me, as a member of a Canadian family that arrived about 1825,is the total lack, among you and your 400-odd fellow MPs, of similar concern for the basic human rights of the 1.3 million aboriginal people in the true north strong and free. My son Reverend Kevin Annett has labored mostly alone for 20 years to have truth and justice done. The best Parliament and the PMO can come up with is a phoney TRC that exonerates the perps - including the PMO -and silences the victims and survivors of the infamous rez schools. Women and child trafficking is neither confined to history nor to foreign places. They continue as we speak. O, Canada!

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