Mr. Bob Pennock (Etobicoke North):
Mr. Speaker, the protection of its citizens is a valued right in any country. In this regard concern is being expressed by Canadians and an international human rights organization about the plight of a Canadian citizen, a resident of Etobicoke North. I refer to Balkar Singh in detention in India since November 2, 1987.
The renowned international organization, Amnesty International, in a report last month urged the Indian Government to release him or charge him, and bring him to trial under normal judicial procedures, with all customary legal safeguards.
While recognizing the efforts of the Government to obtain consular access to the detainee to ensure adequate medical treatment and cessation of torture, I would like Members to join with me in urging the Indian Government to bring Balkar Singh to trial at the earliest opportunity, and urge the Government of Canada to continue in its worthy efforts to bring the matter to an early resolve.
Subtopic: HUMAN RIGHTS