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British Tamil student orgs urge UK to protect Tamils from genocide

Over a dozen of British Tamil student organisations have written to UK's foreign secretary Dominic...

👤 H K Badal22 May 2020 1:49 PM GMT
British Tamil student orgs urge UK to protect Tamils from genocide
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Over a dozen of British Tamil student organisations have written to UK's foreign secretary Dominic Raab, requesting Britain to "take a principled stand" and "safeguard the victims – Tamils, from the state-sponsored genocide in Sri Lanka".

In the letter written on May 20, the organisations thanked the foreign secretary for his tweet marking the 11th year of massacres.

"Whilst 11 years have passed since the genocide, there has still been little progress made in terms of justice, and accountability for the Tamil victims in Sri Lanka".

"In fact, you will be aware of the United Kingdom's concern regarding Sri Lanka's withdrawal from the UN Resolution 30/1 which promotes reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka," it added. "As such, your tweet regarding UK's close relationship with the Sri Lankan government, is bittersweet to the Tamil Community."

Raab was one of twenty-five British politicians to issue statements on May 18. He said his "thoughts are with those who lost loved ones" and reiterated his government's "support for reconciliation & accountability in Sri Lanka to build peace & prosperity for all". His tweeted message though also spoke of the "close friendship" between Britain and Sri Lanka, as Raab confirmed he spoke to Sri Lanka's foreign minister recently.

"Tamils have witnessed the painful history of deceit by successive Sri Lankan governments over the course of our struggle for freedom for over a century," the student statement continued. "We urge, the United Kingdom, to take a principled stance based on evidence and facts to bring forth a just solution to the Tamil people."