Tuesday, February 03, 2009

NDP motion in support of Canadian Tamil community's call for an end to violence in Sri Lanka
Sat 31 Jan 2009

That the Government of Canada immediately use all diplomatic means to put pressure on the Government of Sri Lanka and its military to respect the human rights of the civilian Tamil population, by (a) ceasing all violence against Tamil civilians, including the systematic and arbitrary detention of civilians in military-camps, extrajudicial killings, and forced disappearances; (b) immediately lift the September 2008 ban on UN and international humanitarian organizations from operating in the northern region of the country, in addition to ensuring that these organizations are free from government interference so they may independently supervise both parties of the conflict and respond to the humanitarian crisis; (c) halt all government policies and actions aimed at forcibly assimilating or degrading the Tamil minority of Sri Lanka; and, (d) support the peace process and efforts of the United Nations that will invest in infrastructure, education and provide significant support for the Tamil population of Sri Lanka.

Thanks: http://www.ndp.ca/press/ndp-motion-in-support-canadian-tamil-communitys-call-for-end-to-violence-in-sri-lanka

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