LankaWeb – ASOKA WEERASINGHE

By: Lankaweb  06-Dec-2011
Keywords: Human Rights

Saturday, October 29th, 2011

Asoka Weerasinghe (Mr) Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1 . Canada 29 October 2011 Mr. Salil Shetty Secretary-General, Amnesty International, 1 Easton Street,  London WC1X ODW UK Dear Salil Shetty: I have just read your promotional-advocacy piece “Commonwealth values put to test in Sri Lanka” and concluded under my breath, “What [..]

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1 Canada  24 October 2011   The Editor (Letters), THE OTTAWA CITIZEN   Sir:   How right the Sri Lanka High Commissioner, Chitraganee Wagiswara is to be honest and brave enough to tell Canadians that “…she denied allegations that Sri Lanka committed human rights violations, [..]

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario. Canada  22 October 2011   The Editor (Letters), THE OTTAWA CITIZEN   Sir:   I was taken back by Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird’s comment in the House of Commons when he was asked whether he was concerned about reports  that Gadhafi may have died in  a [..]

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

By Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada 20 October 2011 The Editor (Letters)  THE OTTAWA CITIZEN Sir: We seem to be living in a world of geo-political cherry-picking countries and Human Rights organizations like Amnesty International (AI) and Human Rights Watch (HRW) who make their choices according to who will fund [..]

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1, Canada 20 October 2011   The Editor (Letters) THE OTTAWA CITIZEN   Sir:   It is too easy an exercise for the 11-member Eminent Persons Group to tell the 54  Commonwealth nations,  that unless human rights are respected that the Commonwealth of Nations [..]

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1 Canada   18 October 2011   Hon. Bob Rae, Leeder of Liberal partee, house of commons, ottawa   Deer Mr. Bob Rae:   Tank U for letter – Stop Bill C-4, The Anti-Refugee Bill in tree opicial languages Inglis, Prench and Tamil. I [..]

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G12 Canada 17 October 2011  Mr. Alex  Neve  Director General, Amnesty International , Laurier Avenue East, Ottawa, Ontario. Dear Alex Neve:  What is all this that I read about your counterparts in the US having created an online petition on the White House petition site in [..]

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1, Canada 16 October 2011 The Editor (Letters) The Ottawa Citizen Sir: The excerpt from Adreinne Clarkson’s book Room for All of Us on our rookie Tamil NDP  MP for Scarborough-Rouge River, Rathika Sitsabaiesan, was exciting reading until I came across the words – [..]

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1 . Canada 13 October 2011 His Excellency Bruce Levy Canadian High Commissioner for Sri Lanka  Colombo 7, Sri Lanka Dear High Commissioner Bruce Levy: Your statement to the Daily Mirror of 13th October about Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s position of attending the 2013 [..]

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1 . Canada 11 October 2011 OPEN LETTER  to Mr. Veerasingham Ananda Sangaree, MP   Leader of the TULF and member of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA)    Parliament of Sri Lanka, Sri Jayewardenapura, Sri Lanka Dear Ananda: Let me roll the days back for you [..]

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1 Canada 4 October 2011 Rathika Sitsabaiesan,  NDP MP for Scarborough-Rouge River, Ontario   House of Commons, Ottawa Dear Rathika: I have just read your statement in Parliament of 29 September 2011, when you said:  “Mr. Speaker, last night I joined MP’s from all parties [..]

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario ., Canada 30 September 2011  The Editor (Letters),   Globe & Mail, Toronto, Ontario Sir: What you said, “In policy shift, Stephen Harper pressures Sri Lanka on human rights” is very troubling. See who is talking!  Amnesty International has lambasted Canada year after year for its human [..]

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1 Canada 27 September 2011 Hon. John Baird, MP, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs House of Commons, Ottawa, Ontario.  Dear John: I didn’t start this morning well.  When I read that you had spoken at the UN and the words, “Baird also singled out [..]

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester. Ontario. K1J 6G1 Canada 27 September 2011 The Editor (Letters)  The Ottawa Citizen    Sir: I just don’t  get Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird’s bleeding heart remark when he addressed the UN when he said “….and Sri Lanka for trying to stop investigations into possible war crimes committed during [..]

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1 Canada 22 September 2011 The Editor, EMBASSY, Ottawa Dear Editor: “Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said that if he does not see human rights progress in Sri Lanka, he will boycott the 2013 Commonwealth summit in Colombo,” you said. Prime Minister Harper is [..]

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Asoka Weerasinghe. Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1 . Canada 18 September 2011 Ms. Navi Pillai, High Commissioner of the United Nations Human Rights Council,  Wilson Palais , 52 rue des Paquis, CH-1201, Geneva, Switzerland   Dear Navi Pillai:    So another session of the UNHRC is coming to an end and [..]

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada 17 September 2011 The Editor  EMBASSY, Ottawa  Sir: Prime Minister Stephen Harper lost my admiration when he announced his agenda of the GTA Tamil vote-buying vulgarity, when he wanted to play Pied Piper among the Commonwealth of Nations, wanting to drag the rest of the [..]

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada 16 September 2011 His Excellency Bruce Levy Canadian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Gregory Road, Colombo, Sri Lanka  Dear Bruce Levy: I am sure there may be times in your diplomatic life that you have to bite your tongue and toe the line of [..]

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario. Canada 14 September 2011 The Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper, PC., MP Prime Minister of Canada, House of Commons, Ottawa  Dear Prime Minister: The BBC reports that “The Canadian prime minister has called upon heads of state to consider Sri Lanka’s human rights record before attending the [..]

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

Asoka Weerasinghe, Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada 7  September 2011 Alex Neve, Director General, Amnesty International, Laurier Avenue, Ottawa , Ontario  John Argue,  Sri Lanka Coordinator, Amnesty International, Toronto, Ontario Dear Alex and John: As a London Bobby would say, let me ask you holding my truncheon with both hands behind  [..]

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

 Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada  4 August 2011  Ther Editor (Letters) THE OTTAWA CITIZEN  Sir: Historian Desmond Morton makes a song and dance on how Canada’s reaction to 9/11 made us strong to deal with possible terrorist attacks on Canada, but what is sad is how Canada couldn’t care two [..]

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada  2 August 2011  The Editor (Letters) THE OTTAWA CITIZEN   Sir: Former Liberal Prime Minister Jean Chretien and his cabinet members say  they have worked hard to balance security, freedom in Canada, you said.   Of course, they did, but they didn’t care two prairie straws  for [..]

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

 Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada  24 August 2011  The Editor (Letters) THE OTTAWA CITIZEN  Sir:  Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner Chitranganee Wagiswara is absolutely right when she says that Sri Lanka prefers to look forward and to its future after ending three decades of a Tamil Tiger terrorist separatist war, [..]

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Asoka Weerasinghe  Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada 16 August 2011 The Editor, THE EMBASSY, Ottawa Sir: I am disappointed with Alex Neve , the Secretary-General of Amnesty International, with his opinion piece on Sri Lanka, as Amnesty International has always  had difficulty to acknowledge the positives on Sri Lanka when it [..]

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada 15 August 2011  Editor  EMBASSY , Ottawa Sir: Kristen Shane’s article ‘Sri Lanka investigation calls about values or votes?’ (August 10), invariably produces two questions that need answers for the curious. Firstly, if according to 2006 census there are only 122,020 Canadians whose first [..]

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester. Ontario . K1J 6G1 Canada 11  August 2011  Mr. Alex Neve, Secretary General, Amnesty International, Laurier Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario. Dear Alex Neve: I appreciate it very much for you to find time out of your extremely busy work in office to respond to my letter.  And I am [..]

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada 4 August 2011 The Editor. EMBASSY, Ottawa Sir: You reported that, “On Aug. 3, NDP Human Rights critic Wayne Marston and NDP MP Rathika Sitsabaiesan, the first Tamil-Canadian elected to Parliament, will join AI Canada Secretary-General Alex Neve in calling for Canada to pressure [..]

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada 4 August 2011  The Editor (Letters)  THE OTTAWA CITIZEN Sir: “NDP seeks ‘justice for Tamils – UN probe sought into war crimes”, you said (August 4).  This is embarrassing coming out of  a Canadian political party, that obviously do not realize, that they are [..]

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1 . Canada 3 August 2011 Johnathan Miller Channel 4 News  200 Gray’s Inn Road , London WC1X 8X2, UK  Dear Johnathan Miller: Subsequent to my writing to you about your Sri Lankan senior Army Officer Fer-none-ado piece and you ambushing Major General Shavendra [..]

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada  3 August 2011   The Editor (Letters) THE OTTAWA CITIZEN   Sir: “CSIS documents mistakenly sent to man suspected of Tamil Tigers links”  you said.  Permit me to tell Chanthirakumar Sellathurai the Tamil involved  in this refugee case to stop continuing being part of this [..]

Keywords: Human Rights

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