Leading figures from the UK Labour Party, including party leader, Jeremy Corbyn MP, the Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell MP, and the Shadow Foreign Secretary, Emily Thornberry MP – will be attending a Tamils for Labour event next week to express their solidarity with the Tamil people, both in the UK and in Sri Lanka.
The meeting, due to take place in the UK Parliament on Tuesday 28th February, comes at a particularly opportune time.
It will coincide with the opening of the 34th Session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva, where the situation in Sri Lanka – in particular President Maithripala Sirisena’s Government’s unwillingness to support the full implementation of UNHRC Resolution 30/1 on Sri Lanka – will be a focus of discussions.
The event in Parliament will provide an important forum to hear more about the pressure the Labour Party can bring to bear on the UK Government to ensure the Sri Lankan authorities abide by the commitments they made in Resolution 30/1.
Sen Kandiah, Chair of Tamils for Labour, said he was delighted Jeremy Corbyn and so many Shadow Cabinet members and Labour MPs will be attending the Tamils for Labour event.
Kandiah said Labour has always stood alongside and spoken up for the Tamil people.
“With a crucial UNHRC Session about to commence, the Party has a vital role to play in helping to highlight the on-going cases of human rights abuses committed against the Tamil community in Sri Lanka and in supporting our people’s legitimate demands for truth, justice, accountability and self-determination on the island,” he added. (Colombo Gazette)