UK’s Labour Party wants push on Sri Lankan issue

Britain’s Labour Party has called on the UK Government to ensure that Sri Lanka honours the promises it made – in the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution 30/1 – to address the legacy of the country’s armed conflict.

The Government of Sri Lanka’s commitments to achieving justice, accountability and reconciliation, under resolution 30/1, will be assessed by the UNHRC at its current 34th Session in Geneva, Switzerland.

Speaking at a packed Tamils for Labour event in the UK Parliament, John McDonnell MP, the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, said the Labour Party is “extremely concerned about the role that the Sri Lankan government has in the recent period – [they] are trying to undermine the UN resolutions and the way which the Human Rights Council has sought to address this matter. I think the Sri Lankan government have had a strategy for dividing and ruling the Tamil community; dividing and ruling the international community; and trying to undermine any attempt to seek truth and justice on this particular issue.”

McDonnell went on to say that “there is a real anxiety that the Sri Lankan government will again manipulate the situation in the Human Rights Council where again we don’t get any further movement on this. That’s why we are saying to the UK government it is important that they stand firm in these negotiations; that we get both the proper investigation: the monitoring of the Sri Lankan government’s activities; and at the end of the day also the holding to account the perpetrators of these human rights abuses that have taken place, particularly in recent years.”

“[…] It cannot be right that the Sri Lankan government is allowed to investigate itself. That is not an independent inquiry. In addition to that, it cannot be right that the Sri Lankan government almost vetoes elements of international representation in independent inquiries – that will never achieve the security of truth that we are seeking in this matter.”

Emily Thornberry MP, the Shadow Foreign Secretary, said she was “far from convinced that this is the right time to reintroduce EU trade concessions [GSP+] to Sri Lanka. We need to think about what message this would send on human rights. So I am writing to the Foreign Secretary and urging his government to press for further progress on human rights before trade concessions are offered to Sri Lanka.”

Reiterating his colleague’s call for further action, Barry Gardiner MP, the Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade, also said the Sri Lankan government cannot be allowed to deceive the international community through another resolution at the UNHRC: “I think it is now time that we should say not just no to a second resolution, but that that we have a referral from the UN Human Rights Council to the UN General Assembly. And I think that really is where this must now go.”

The meeting’s host, Joan Ryan – the MP for Enfield North, said: “The slaughter of tens of thousands of Tamil civilians in the Vanni in the final weeks of the war will never be forgotten.”

“[…] There are many of us – and I am one – who would say that a genocide took place against the Tamil people on the beaches of Mullivaikal and elsewhere. It is shameful that so many questions about what happened to the disappeared remain unanswered and that justice and accountability has still not prevailed. Justice delayed is justice denied.”

“[…] We must not allow the commitment to an investigation that involves international judges and others to just be brushed under the carpet. This was a commitment that Sri Lanka itself made. It was a very, very important step forward in 2015, and we must not allow that to disappear.”

The meeting was chaired by Siobhain McDonagh, MP for Mitcham and Morden.

The comments of the senior members of the Labour Shadow Cabinet were echoed by Mike Gapes, MP for Ilford South, Wes Streeting MP for Ilford North, Rt. Hon Stephen Timms, MP for East Ham, Liz McInnes, MP for Heywood and Middleton, Thangam Debbonaire, MP for Bristol West, and Dawn Butler, MP for Brent Central.

The messages of the Labour Leader, Jeremy Corbyn MP, and Kate Osamor MP, the Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, who could not attend the meeting due to unavoidable circumstances, were read out by their colleagues.

Speaking at the event, Sen Kandiah, the Chair of Tamils for Labour, called for the UNHRC to establish an in country monitoring office in the North and East of Sri Lanka to ensure that the fundamental rights and freedoms of Tamils are respected and upheld. (Colombo Gazette)

4 COMMENTS

  1. The Labor Party of UK has been that committed crime against people of war on Iraq.
    Recoded that Killed million of Iraqis during an British Imperialist an Invade joint hand with USA -war mongering” Democracy”‘.

    No accountability undertaken by Labor Party by that until now.

    Labor party new leadership has forget their own Crime against People of world as well as Iraqis?
    This wonderful and unbelievable “Democracy and Human Rights” talk by Labor Party of British.

    The new road map is formulated by Labor is that want re-colonialized island by supporting Tamil-Eealm of Tamil Terrorist of LTTE and their Parliamentary political Party of TNA.

    The aim of Labor Party current leadership and former ones, want to be partition of Island for Tamil puppet regime in North-Eastern province.

    The Labor Party an opposed Majority Sinhalese-Buddhist Community.

    They are try that every means to totally eliminated Sinhalese Race form the Island of Sri Lankan once and for all.
    That is they called “rights of Tamils” in Sri lanka.

    This is nothing else hypocrisy of Democracy and double standards of Human -rights of Labor?

  2. Nobody beats the British when it comes to dividing others.

    There was a time Tamils were representing the majority Sinhalese under the British rule. This had been done to divide Sinhalese and Tamil. The British rulers gave wrong ideas to Tamils. This is the reason Tamils never went for a solution, even though they had opportunities to find a solution since the independence. The British love Tamils, because Tamils wholeheartedly follow the foreign powers, no questions asked. The Sri Lankan Tamil political leaders did not demand for federalism or even a separate state while the British were ruling Sri Lanka, because the British spoiled Tamils by giving too much as minority, in order to create a disaster.
    The Sri Lankan Tamil leaders’ request was granted long time ago by the Sinhalese leaders, but the Tamil leaders weren’t smart enough to accept it. Tamil leaders look for ways to create disasters not solutions.

    The federal solution was suggested by S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike in 1926. The Kandyan Sinhala leaders recommended a federal arrangement of two units for Sinhalese and one unit comprising the North–East for Tamils in 1927; but it was opposed by the Tamil leaders. Second opportunity came when G G Ponnambalam was the leader; Sinhalese generously agreed for 40:60 solution even though Tamils’ population wasn’t 40% at that time. Again Tamil leaders rejected it and wanted 50:50; later on decided to take arms from New Delhi to kill their fellow countrymen. Then the third opportunity came through Indo-Lanka agreement. Once again the Tamil leaders rejected the good offer, but decided to listen to the West, and turned their guns towards their fellow Tamils, Muslims, Sinhalese and Indians.

    If the Tamil leaders have little brain, little love for their people they would have found a solution long time ago. Tamil leaders are the least when it comes to honoring smart people. Tamils don’t know the value of unity, the foreign powers can do wonders among Tamils because of their divisions. Jealousy is eating Tamils. Self-centered Tamil politicians would do anything to undermine Tamil political elites to achieve their own interests by pleasing the foreign powers.The Northern Public events are full of Indian and the Western representation as the VIPs, but not smart Sri Lankan Tamils or Sinhalese. Therefore, sharing power with Tamils is sharing power with foreign powers; this will lead to disaster. Literally the government has to be on its knees to please the foreign powers; if it shares power with Tamil leaders.

    EVOLUTION WILL LEAD TO DEVOLUTION, HOWEVER I HAVEN’T SEEN AN EVOLVED TAMIL LEADER.

    Where were those Tamil leaders, including Tamil diaspora leaders, the Western leaders, especially the United Nations when the Tamil armed groups were mercilessly gunned down each other group members; and assassinating political leaders and intellectuals far more than any other terrorist groups in the world? Do you see evolution in Tamils who conducted the Asia’s longest brutal civil war for more than three decades? Do you see evolution in Tamils who assassinated far more leaders and intellectuals than any other terrorist organization in the world? The answer is no; therefore forget about devolution of power for Tamils. Don’t even think about federalism. Tamils are still under the firm grip of foreign powers which transformed young Tamils as ruthless terrorists in the world. Tamils are still faithful to foreign powers. Therefore, giving power to Tamils is giving power to foreign powers. If we give power to Tamils surely we will lose our trump card as a country located in the strategic location of the Indian Ocean.

    The Tamil leaders are not smart enough to find a solution. Therefore, Tamils won’t find a solution. It doesn’t matter whether Tamils cry to Indians or the Westerners; there won’t be a solution. You will get zero answer; if you multiply anything by zero. Likewise, Tamils will get zero results, if they continue to multiply their votes to elect foolish leaders. Tamils won’t go anywhere by avoiding smart Tamils; they will continue to go backward. Tamils have achieved nothing by conducting the Asia’s longest brutal civil war for three decades with the help of the foreign powers. Tamil leaders have the ability to destroy Sri Lanka and South Asia, as they have done for the last three decades. The West has been using Sri Lankan Tamils to get a foothold in Sri Lanka to dominate the Indian Ocean. Tamil leaders don’t learn, but blindly follow the foreign powers. Therefore, Tamil leaders need to be watched and guided carefully; instead of sharing power with them.

    Solution for Tamils will come through Sinhalese leaders; not by self-centered Tamil leaders or by their foreign masters.

    Politically speaking, Tamils have utterly failed to establish themselves through the past opportunities. Due to the Tamil leaders’ constant failures the foreign powers are in control, the TNA is under the grip of India, and the diaspora leaders are under the grip of the Western countries. I am more qualified than any of my family members or relatives. But I don’t have even one family member, or relative as a friend in the Facebook. This shows how much Tamils listen to the foreign powers than their own intellectuals. This is also shows the power of the Westerners who divided and rule others. Jaffna Tamils undermine their own political elites. I have never seen such lowest human beings anywhere else.
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    Tamils simply can’t understand the West’s or India’s tricks. Therefore, I wouldn’t support for Tamils to have devolution of power. Tamils fought the Asia’s longest brutal civil war for three decades to please India and the West. There is no immediate solution for Tamils. Sinhalese leaders must create patriotic Tamil leaders. Tamil leaders can’t create decent leaders, because they are under the grip of foreign powers. Therefore, Sinhalese leaders must protect the country and its people, including Tamils, in order to move forward. EVOLUTION WILL LEAD TO DEVOLUTION. Let’s hope that Sri Lanka will have evolved Tamil leaders through Sinhalese leaders who have the ability to think for themselves. Eventually, those leaders may lead the Tamils through the devolution of power in the future. Until such a time come, Tamils must be watched and guided by Sinhalese leaders.

  3. Why on earth the Labour Party b*ggers not focused and concerned problems within their own Country that they want to poke their fingers up our a*se hole issues?

    I for one look into the genocide committed by British in Iraq, Afganistan and in Libya Mr. shadow Chacellor.

  4. Another terrorist supporter !. How much money he has received from LTTE diaspora? This man’s bank accounts should be checked for such drug money deposited.

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