SL prison officers denied Canadian visas

By Norman Palihawadana

Two top Prisons Department officials who were to participate in the World’s Prison Day celebrations scheduled to be held in Victoria, Canada, have been denied visas on grounds that Sri Lanka had violated human rights.

A senior prison officer said he was surprised that the Canadian High Commission had made such an allegation and it did not seem to be aware that the prison officers were engaged in rehabilitating LTTE cadres and reintegrating them into society.

A letter highlighting those facts would be sent to the Canadian High Commission in Sri Lanka later, prison sources said.

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