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Canada Concerned by Reports of Election Violence in Sri Lanka

September 20, 2013 - Deepak Obhrai, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and for International Human Rights, today issued the following statement:

“Canada is deeply concerned by continuing reports of violence against electoral candidates and an election observer in the lead-up to the three provincial council elections that will take place in Sri Lanka on September 21.

“Such acts of intimidation are completely unacceptable, and the perpetrators of these crimes must be brought to justice.

“Canada calls on all parties to refrain from violence to allow credible, free and fair elections to take place.

“Canada stands by Sri Lankans as they exercise their fundamental and democratic right to vote for the candidates of their choice in these important elections.”

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