In a show of unity and solidarity, British Members of Parliament (MPs) from different political parties gathered at the Palace of Westminster today to mark Mullivaikkal Tamil Remembrance Day and honour the victims of the genocide committed against the Tamils in Sri Lanka. The event was organised by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils (APPG-T) and featured the signing of a Book of Remembrance, a video presentation, and an exhibition.
Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Sir Ed Davey
MPs from the Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrats, and Scottish National Party, as well as independent members, came together to pay tribute to the innocent civilians who lost their lives at the hands of the Sri Lankan state during the civil war. By signing the Book of Remembrance, they expressed their commitment to holding the perpetrators accountable for their actions and ensuring justice for the atrocities committed.
Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils Hon. Elliot Colburn MP signing the Book of Remembrance.
The significance of this event lies in the broad political consensus among British MPs, transcending party lines, to address the human rights abuses and seek accountability. It reflects the collective acknowledgement of the gravity of the situation and the urgency to address the historical injustices endured by the Tamil nation.
The APPGT played a pivotal role in organising the commemorative event. The group aims to provide a platform for MPs to engage with the Tamil community, raise awareness about their plight, and advocate for justice. The event included a powerful video presentation that shed light on the extent of suffering Tamils experienced at the hands of the Sri Lankan armed forces in the barbed-wired concentration camps at the end of the war.
Furthermore, an exhibition accompanying the event served as an educational tool, aiming to increase public understanding of the Tamil genocide. Through informative displays and visual materials, attendees were provided with a comprehensive overview of the atrocities committed and the need for accountability.
The participation of MPs from various parties underscores the shared commitment to ensuring justice and accountability. As the signing of the Book of Remembrance concluded, the British MPs reiterated their commitment to supporting the Tamil community in their pursuit of justice. The event served as a poignant reminder that the victims of the Tamil genocide will not be forgotten, and their voices will continue to be heard until justice is served.
Hon. Virendra Sharma MP signing the Book of Remembrance.
Hon. Fleur Anderson MP signing the Book of Remembrance.
Hon. Martyn Day MP signing the Book of Remembrance.
Hon. Sam Tarry MP signing the Book of Remembrance.
Hon. Patrick Grady MP signed the Book of Remembrance.
Hon. Siobhain McDonagh MP signing the Book of Remembrance