• Labour party is united on Tamil Rights in Sri Lanka

     Tamils for Labour held a successful fringe event during the Labour Party Conference, which took place on Tuesday the 28th of September 2021, was partaken by several Labour Party Shadow Cabinet members, Senior Parliamentarians, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and Party members. The vice-chair of the Tamils for Labour Sarmila Varatharaj chaired the event. The Leader of the Opposition, Rt Hon Keir Stammer MP and the Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Lisa Nandy MP have jointly sent a message of solidarity through the shadow minister for Asia and Pacific, Stephen Kinnock MP for Aberavon. The message assures that “the shadow Labour front bench team stands shoulder to shoulder with Tamils’ cause.” Speaking at the event, Stephen Kinnock made it clear, “The Labour Party believes that there is a “very clear case” for referring senior Sri Lankan military figures to the ICC”. He called on the government and the international community “to apply so-called red notice on them” who were guilty of perpetrating these atrocities against the Tamil people. He said that the UK government should be pushing much harder for that and expressed his disappointment that it was not in the UNHRC resolution. Stephen Kinnock also called on the British Ministry of Defence to withdraw its military attaché in Colombo unless a reasonable explanation was given. The shadow minister for Policing, and the Fire Service Sarah Jones, MP for Croydon Central said, “We are very grateful for the Tamil community being there, bringing diversity and bringing the warmth of the Tamil Community.” The Shadow Financial Secretary to the Treasury, James Murray MP for Ealing North recalled the memories of 2009, “It was shocking to learn what happened in 2009 in terms of the crimes committed and the deaths and it is alarming that it continues to this day. I particularly demand the UK government to take action because we have a special responsibility”. He made it clear that the Labour Party would continue to be allies of the Tamil Community. The Member of Parliament for East Ham Rt Hon Stephen Timms pointed out that, “It is clear now that things have gone a good deal worse in Sri Lanka since the most recent general election - a really grim situation. There is a real climate of fear in the country.” The Rt. Honourable MP called for, “The Defence Secretary Kamal Gunaratna is to be sanctioned, alongside the call for other senior Sri Lankan individuals, who are aligned to be sanct

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     Having been in the UK for over fifty years I naturally had the opportunity and time to attend innumerable community meetings in places like India House, Nehru Centre etc. Lalubhai used to be present at many of the meetings in which I used to participate, gradually we became friends and I came to know him rather well. I found him unassuming, knowledgeable and very friendly. He was always calm and in a positive frame of mind whether talking about the past, present or future for that matter. Lalubhai was involved with and in charge of managing a number of community organisations including; the overseas friends of the BJP and the Federation of Gujarati Organisations. He was kind enough to invite me to some of their special meetings to attend and on occasion to address. I found his gentle, refined, humble and inclusive approach in relation to people very remarkable. He had spent many years in Tanzania before arriving in the UK and I recall that while talking about Julius Nyerere, the late President, he seemed to look back with delight upon his time there as well his interactions with President Nyerere in the course of his legal work. I found Lalubhai’s thoughts about his African experience immensely positive, refined and cultured.   I often felt that he felt proud of his Tanzanian experience and appreciated everything from the beautiful landscapes to the people


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