Canadian MP says threatened with arrest, expulsion from Sri Lanka
COLOMBO (AFP) - A Canadian lawmaker said on Thursday she was intimidated and warned she could be deported during an ongoing visit to her birthplace of Jaffna, the war-battered Tamil heartland of Sri Lanka.
Ms Rathika Sitsabaiesan, an ethnic Tamil, was subjected to "political intimidation" and warned of possible arrest and deportation, according to a statement on her New Democratic Party's (NDP) website.
"My experiences since arriving in Sri Lanka are a reminder that defending principles of human rights is not easy," she said in the statement, adding: "I was warned I could be subject to arrest and deportation".
The statement did not say who had intimidated her, but added that Sri Lankan authorities had informed the Canadian High Commission (embassy) in Colombo that there was no order to arrest her.