June 22 (): Krisna Saravanamuttu, a 26-year old is a Specialized Honors Criminology student at York University. As an elected representative, on the York Federation of Students (YFS), he represents 52,000 undergraduate students. He has held numerous executive positions with the York University Student Centre Corporation from 2008 till date. With his dynamic role in the Canadian anti-war and peace movement, he was nominated in 2008 to the steering committee of the Canadian Peace Alliance.
Krisna is the Youth Representative and English Spokesperson for the National Council of Canadian Tamils (NCCT) in the Tamil community. He has played a key leadership role as the Chair of the Tamil Refugee Coordinating Committee (TRCC) in 2012. He aims to work in the field of international human rights law.
Mr. Saravanamuttu has urged Canada to support the expulsion of Sri Lanka from the Councils of the Commonwealth. He has also been insisting on a mandate among the Eelam Tamils on the basis of historical, earned and remedial aspects of Tamil autonomy as the only means to check the long-drawn-out genocide of the Eelam Tamil nation.
Mr Glen Murray, the Canadian cabinet minister in-charge of universities, has nominated Krisna Saravanamuttu for Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his work with Canada’s student movement and as an active campaigner for justice for Eelam Tamils.
Glen Murray in his interaction with TamilNet praised Krisna’s activism and hailed him as one of Canada’s emerging Diaspora leaders.
Glen Murray opined that Krisna has offered outstanding leadership in Canada’s student movement, in his promotion of justice for Tamils all over the world with the United Nations and his leadership in building youth organizations dedicated to social justice and human equality.
Mr Murray further added that Krisna Saravanamuttu is one of the country’s emerging leaders who has demonstrated personal integrity that has earned him the trust of so many people and allowed him to accomplish so much.
Krisna having worked with several organisations in Canada, including the Canadian Federation of Students, the Canadian Peace Alliance and the Toronto Coalition to Stop the War, has stressed the need for Britain to hold Sri Lanka accountable for its mass massacre of Eelam Tamils. He has also urged Prime Minister Harper to keep his promise to boycott the next Commonwealth meeting planned in Sri Lanka until the country shows an improved human rights record.
Krisna told TamilNet that he felt extremely honoured for the recognition bestowed on him for his contributions in Canada.