Ottawa, ON – A coalition of organizations will be in Ottawa today at 1:30 p.m. to highlight Sri Lanka’s litany of violations of international law and to demand swift action from the Government of Canada during the upcoming UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial Conference to be held in Vancouver on November 14-15, 2017. In a letter written by the coalition to Minister Ralph Goodale, and to Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould, the coalition is asking the Canadian government to take decisive action. Minister Goodale is asked to deny entry of senior officials of the Sri Lankan armed forces to Canada under section 35(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, and Attorney General Wilson-Raybould is asked to commence an investigation into war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide under the Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act.
Paul Scully MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils (APPGt) reacted to the news that Sri Lanka’s ambassador to Brazil fled his post after human rights groups filed lawsuits accusing him of overseeing war crimes in the final phase of Sri Lanka’s civil war in 2009. General Jagath Jayasuriya who has diplomatic immunity in Brazil and the five other countries where he is ambassador has reportedly left to return to Sri Lanka.
இலங்கையில் பல்லாயிரக்கணக்கான தமிழர்கள் படையினராலும் அவர்களுடன் செயல்பட்ட ஒட்டுக் குழுக்களினாலும் (para military) காணாமல் ஆக்கப்பட்டனர். சர்வதேச மன்னிப்புச் சபை, 1980இலிருந்து சிறிலங்காவில் அனைத்து சமூகத்தையும் சேர்ந்த ஏறத்தாள 60,000 தொடக்கம் 100,000 வரையான வலிந்து காணாமல்ஆக்கப்பட்டோர் பற்றிய விடயம் முடிவு காணப்படவில்லை என்று கூறுகின்றது. இதில் ஏறத்தாழ 20,000 சிங்களவர்கள் எனவும் ஏனையோர் தமிழர் எனவும் ஜனாதிபதிஆணைக்கு குழு குறிப்பிடுகின்றது.
The British Tamils Forum (BTF) and the US Tamil Political Action Council (USTPAC) today commemorate the International Day of the Disappeared that gives the opportunity for us to draw attention to those who have been forcibly disappeared and to show solidarity with their loved ones.
At the Mullivaikal Genocide (Sri Lanka) Remembrance Day 2017 held at the Hyde Park, London on the 18th of May 2017, organised by the British Tamils Forum, several British politicians called for an end to the continuing genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka.
Mullivaikal is a narrow stretch of sandy baron land in the north eastern part of Sri Lanka between the Indian Ocean and the Nanthikadal lagoon. This small stretch of land was declared a safe zone by the Sri Lankan government and around 300,000 Tamils took refuge in this narrow stretch of land to save their lives. Instead they were mercilessly massacred by the advancing Sri Lankan armed forces.
“The government’s failure to deliver results is eroding the trust of Tamils and other communities,” said Ravi Kumar, General Secretary of BTF. “It’s breeding disillusionment as to whether there will ever be accountability. The government of Sri Lanka, by cosponsoring the resolution, confirms once again its commitment to fully implement all obligations in resolution 30/1. The international community should not settle for anything less.”
இலங்கையில் தமிழ் மக்களுக்கு எதிரான மனித உரிமைகள் மீறலை முடிவுக்கு கொண்டுவந்து, பொறுப்புக் கூறல் மற்றும் நல்லிணக்கம் தொடர்பில் காத்திரமான நடவடிக்கைகளை மேற்கொள்ளுமாறு தமிழ் சமூகம் அழைப்பு விடுகின்றது.
(Geneva – 23 March 2017) Today the Human Rights Council adopted a new resolution on Sri Lanka. The United States Political Action Council (USTPAC), British Tamils Forum (BTF), and Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC) again call upon the government of Sri Lanka, with the engagement of the international community, to fully implement the commitments made in the October 2015 Council resolution 30/1. These commitments, including for accountability and political reform, are reaffirmed in today’s resolution.