Suresh case to Supreme Court

[TamilNet, Friday, 26 May 2000, 08:08 GMT]
The Supreme Court of Canada rendered a decision Thursday that Manickavasagam Suresh, a recognised Convention refugee from Sri Lanka can proceed with his appeal before it, legal sources said. In granting leave, the Supreme Court has also awarded costs to Suresh.

The issues Suresh raised in his Supreme Court appeal are fundamental to the protection of human rights, sources close to his lawyers said.

The issues are "Whether the principles of a free and democratic society allow sending a Convention refugee to a country which may torture him"; and "whether a person can be deported solely on the basis of a lawful political activity in support of a national liberation movement", they said.

This will be the first time that the Supreme Court of Canada has been asked to consider these issues, they added.

Suresh is represented by Ms. Barbara Jackman, Barrister and Solicitor.


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