The Council of the London Borough of Redbridge has passed a historic motion calling upon the British Prime Minister and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to ensure justice is delivered to the Tamils in Sri Lanka by implementing a solution to the conflict that meets the people’s aspirations.
The motion that had been proposed by Conservative Group Leader Paul Canal had received cross party support and had been carried unanimously. While noting that for many decades the Tamils of Sri Lanka have been subjected to many atrocities of genocidal proportions by the Government of Sri Lanka, the motion points out that even presently the Government of Sri Lanka has not expressed any will to address the root cause of the conflict.
Pointing out that the international community has failed to deliver on its promises by the deferral of the OISL; the Redbridge Council has called upon the UK Prime Minister, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the UN Secretary General to facilitate the delivery of the following:
- The delivery of a permanent political solution to address the root cause of the conflict that would meet the aspirations of the Tamil people
- Justice for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed against the Tamil people
- A mechanism that would ensure the socio-economic and cultural well-being while safeguarding historical identity
While expressing his pleasure on the passing of the motion, the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils Chair and Ilford North MP Lee Scott has said, “It is important that the entire population of this country is informed of the positive contribution that the Tamil community makes to this country and of the issues faced by their kith and kin in Sri Lanka.”