UK’s main opposition backs self-determination for Tamils

Britain’s main opposition Labour Party says it supports the right to self-determination for Tamils in Sri Lanka.

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn vowed to stand with the Tamil community “in the search for truth, justice, accountability and reconciliation.

In a video message and written statement released to coincide with Mullivaikal Remembrance Day, the leader of the Labour Party also reiterated his support for the implementation, in full, of the UN Human Rights Council’s resolution on Sri Lanka.

 Paying tribute to how the wider Tamil community had “shouldered injustice for decades” Corbyn offered his thanks for the “enormous contribution” Tamils have made to life in Britain.

Meanwhile Sen Kandiah, Chair of Tamils for Labour, said the Tamil community is deeply grateful for Jeremy’s message of solidarity.

“There has been no better friend to the Tamil people, and to the causes of truth and accountability in Sri Lanka, than the UK Labour Party,” he said.

Kandiah said that with the on-going support from Jeremy and his fellow Labour MPs, Tamils in the UK will redouble their efforts to ensure that justice is secured for the tens of thousands of Tamils who were slaughtered on the beaches at Mullivaikal, and elsewhere, in the final days and weeks of Sri Lanka’s armed conflict. (Colombo Gazette)