Do Sri Lankan Asylum-Seekers Deserve Hearings?August 26, 2010
You may not have heard about it, but a boatload of Sri Lankan Tamils recently arrived in Canada. The Washington Post published an article quoting a former State Dept. official who advocated summarily sending them all back to Sri Lanka. I objected to that and wrote a letter to the editor published in the Post. Well, the Sri Lankan Ambassador to the U.S. didn’t like my letter and issued a statement in which he says he “refuted” my claims. I didn’t appreciate that and have sent him an open letter in response. As I said in my letter, I do hope Amnesty International and the Sri Lankan government can move toward a constructive dialogue. I’m willing to do my part.