Liberal MP Gary Anandasangaree discusses crisis in Sri Lanka – July 20, 2022

July 20, 2022 at 12:24 pm  Federal, Politics



Liberal MP Gary Anandasangaree holds a news conference on Parliament Hill to share his concerns about the ongoing economic and political situation in Sri Lanka. He is joined by Archana Ravichandradeva (executive director at People for Equality And Relief in Lanka or PEARL), Farida Deif (Canada director at Human Rights Watch), and Venoth Navajeevanantha (president, Centre Communautaire Tamoul du Québec). Massive protests in Sri Lanka began in April 2022 in response to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s handling of the economic crisis. Sri Lankans have faced shortages of basic items such as food, fuel and medicine, and the government also imposed daily power cuts. A state of emergency was declared after Rajapaksa fled the country on July 13 ahead of his planned resignation. Anandasangaree is calling on the federal government to impose sanctions on the former president and his brother Mahinda Rajapaksa for their roles in atrocities committed in the country in 2008 and 2009. His news conference comes amid the decision of Sri Lankan MPs to elect prime minister and acting president Ranil Wickremesinghe as the country’s new leader.

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