Statement in the House of Commons on the 8th Anniversary of Mullivaikkaal.


Mr. Speaker,

Eight years ago today, the 26 year-old armed conflict ended in Sri Lanka – yet peace has not been achieved on the island.

The scars of this war remain deep within the hearts of Tamils around the world as a result of:
(1) over 100,000 lives lost;
(2) the occupation of over 65,000 acres of land;
(3) the fate of Tamils who surrendered under the Geneva Convention;
(4) the thousands of Tamils who were abducted by government and paramilitary forces;
(5) and the numerous Tamils who languish in prisons under the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act.

The Sri Lankan government stands accused of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. Human rights violations continue daily – with Tamils living in fear of the occupying military. Even today, they are barred by the state from mourning their loved ones.

I met many of the victims last July during my visit to the island.

They seek answers – answers that can only come from a fair, independent, and internationally mandated process of accountability.

Mr. Speaker, I want to reaffirm our commitment to seek truth, justice, accountability and peace.