UK Conservative MPs at the 2017 party conference in Manchester last week reiterated their commitment to ensuring justice for the Tamils in Sri Lanka and recognition of the genocide Tamils faced reports the Tamil Guardian.
Speaking at a side event organised by the British Tamil Conservatives (BTC), MPs called on the international community to do more to ensure the Sri Lankan government fulfilled the commitments made in UN resolution 30/1.
MP for Thurrock Jackie Doyle-Price said: “Echoing his call for recognition of the genocide faced, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health and MP for Thurrock,
Jackie Doyle-Price said, “make no mistake we are determined to make sure that this issue does not die.”
“We must not forget that what happened in Sri Lanka was a genocide and we will continue to fight on your behalf.”
Harlow MP Robert Halfon said: “We need to be very strong in making sure the Sri Lankan government meet their commitments,” Robert Halfon, the Chairperson of the Education Select Committee and MP for Harlow said.
“We need to be strong in supporting autonomy for the Tamil people. They have a right to self-determination, and most importantly we need to sure that we do everything we can to remind the world of what went on and recognise that the Tamil people faced a genocide.”
“I believe in reconciliation and justice, I believe in human rights, I believe in autonomy for the Tamils. Above all I believe in the recognition of the genocide that the Tamils face.”
“It is unacceptable what you had to go through, it is unacceptable that in February this year, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said Sri Lanka’s fulfilment of transitional justice mechanisms had been worryingly slow.”
“The structures set up and the measures taken during the period under review were inadequate to ensure real progress. This is not good enough. The Tamils have suffered enough.”