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Canada Sanctions Two Sri Lankan Ex-Presidents for Rights Violations

By Human Rights Watch
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Click to expand Image Mahinda Rajapaksa and his brother Gotabaya Rajapaksa in Colombo, Sri Lanka, August 9, 2020. © 2020 AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena, File The Canadian government has taken a major step by imposing sanctions against two former Sri Lankan presidents, the brothers Mahinda Rajapaksa and Gotabaya Rajapaksa, and two former soldiers. All are implicated in “gross and systematic violations of human rights” committed during the civil war between the Sri Lankan government and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) from 1983 to 2009. The Canadian Minister of Foreign…

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