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Sunday, June 14, 2015
5 Sections Volume 10 No 4
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Northern activism on protecting women
Rolling maul turns howling growl
By Rukshana Rizwie
Over 140 000 Sri Lankan citizens in
Canada could face the risk of losing
their Canadian citizenship or return to
Sri Lanka after a new immigration law
enacted by the Canadian Government
dictates that these ‘second class’
citizens may have their citizenship
status stripped at any point.
The new immigration bill which was
enacted last week states that new
Canadian citizens have lesser rights
than those born Canadian.
Tamil National Alliance
parliamentarian Suresh
Premachandran told
The Nation
that
the law ‘undoubtedly puts a lot of Sri
Lankans irrespective of their ethnicity
at risk of losing their citizenship.”
“While we acknowledge and
respect their government’s laws, if
they are allowed to nullify citizenship
status at their whims and fancy,
it could cause a conundrum and
possibly a category of second-class
citizens,” he said. “This new law
will also deter a lot of Sri Lankans,
specially Tamils from seeking to
obtain a Canadian citizenship status,
a move which could work in their
government’s favor.”
Under this law, the only Canadians
who can never lose their citizenship
are thos born in Canada who do
not have another nationality (and
are not eligible to apply for another
nationality). No matter what crimes
they may be accused of, these
‘first-class’ citizens can never have
their citizenship taken away. On the
other hand, Canadians with another
nationality (and those who are
eligible to obtain another nationality)
now have second-class status, even
if they were born in Canada: under
Bill C-24, their citizenship can be
stripped.
There was stiff opposition to
the rule in Canada because many
claimed that since this cannot happen
to those born in Canada, the new
law would be discriminatory. The
government of Canada has justified
the new law saying that was meant to
protect Canadians.
Lankan expats
risk deportation
Canadian citizenship laws toughened to confront
‘ever evolving threat of terrorism’
Canada stands guilty of inflicting
centuries of abuse and marginalization
on its own native people.
This was revealed in a report released
by the Truth and Reconciliation
Commission last week. The TRC,
which spent six years of research and
recorded testimonies from more than
6,750 witnesses, concludes on how
successive governments managed to
abuse and ostracize the natives and their
community.
The report focuses partly on the
country’s residential boarding schools.
Created for the purpose of eliminating
what was referred to as the “Indian
problem” in Canada, they, together
with various churches (predominantly
Catholic), abused, starved, poisoned,
raped, and even medically experimented
on children.
Most of them reportedly never went
beyond Grade Six, even though these
schools were built to educate them. The
death rate for children enrolled there – 1
in 25 – was slightly higher than the death
rate of Canadians serving in the Second
World War – 1 in 26. The report reveals
that more than 6,000 children died there,
until the schools were closed in 1996.
Canada abuses natives
By Azhar Razak
The former governor of Central Bank
of Sri Lanka (CB), Ajith Nivard Cabraal
on Friday slammed the statement made
by the incumbent Governor, Arjuna
Mahendran on the absence of a Legal
and Compliance Department at the
Central Bank as false, misleading and
even mischievous. Responding to the
claim made by Mahendran in a televised
interview that it was ‘shocking’ for him
to observe that this Unit had not been
established during the past few years
given the complexity of the transactions
today, Cabraal noted that Central Bank
(CB), during the period he served as the
Governor, “had an excellent legal team and
they had defended the CB and provided
very good advice to the CB management
and the Monetary Board” in sharp contrast
to the insinuation by Mahendran that the
CB lacked proper legal expertise and
guidance during the past decade.
“Further, the CB had retained the services
of top quality legal persons from the
Attorney General’s Department for certain
specialized areas on a continuing basis, and
sometimes on a “need” basis,” Cabraal said.
Elaborating further he noted that as per
the then-existing structure, Attorneys at
Law in the CB cadre had been assigned
to the key departments on a full time
basis so that they could provide legal
advice and services to those departments
without any delays. In addition, a smaller
team of Attorneys at Law were based at
the Secretariat of the CB to provide legal
services and guidance to the departments
other than those which had Attorneys
directly attached, the CB management and
the Monetary Board.
Governors debate
over legal unit
Former governor slams statement by Mahendran
as false, misleading and even mischievous
By The Nation News Desk
After much deliberation and debate,
the draft 20th Amendment to the
Constitution on electoral reform was
approved by the Cabinet of Ministers
at a special Cabinet meeting on
Friday (June 12). The new electoral
system will be a mix of the First-
Past-The-Post (FPTP) system and
the Proportional Representation (PR)
system. The draft amendment was due
to be gazetted on Friday night.
Accordingly, under the new electoral
system, which was presented to
Cabinet by President Maithripala
Sirisena, the number of MPs will be
increased to 237 from the existing
225. A total of 145 MPs will be
elected under the First-Past-The-Post
system, 55 under the Proportional
Representation system and 37 though
the National List.
If the 20th Amendment in its current
form is passed by Parliament, a party
or alliance would have to muster 119
seats at a General Election in order to
form a government.
Cabinet approves 20A
Parliamentary Seats increased to 237
I’m a victim
of my own transparency!
“Let’s be clear about this. Why would I do such a silly thing,
given that all these allegations have been made from day
one? In addition, I have various relations in the Maharaja
organization and other people. So there will always be
conflicts of interest for anybody who is sitting on this seat”
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The 21th National Civilian Bravery Awards was held last week in Colombo to recognize,
honor and facilitate civilians who in outstanding acts of bravery risked their lives to save
others. Our staff photographer
Ravindra Dharmathilake’s
photo shows some of the handful
of brave individuals who were honored at the occasion.
Heroism is not identity specific
Straight lefts from the
Turkish Ambassador
See page 6
President mainly
dousing political fires
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