Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau released a statement to mark the 10th anniversary of the Mullivaikkal massacre earlier today, calling for a “meaningful accountability process that has the trust and confidence of the survivors”.
“Over 26 years of war, including during the last phase of the war in Mullivaikal in 2009, tens of thousands of people were killed and hundreds of thousands more displaced and disappeared, leaving lasting wounds in communities across the country,” said Trudeau.
“I reiterate my call to the Government of Sri Lanka to fulfill its international and domestic commitments to establish a meaningful accountability process that has the trust and confidence of the survivors.”
“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I extend my deepest sympathies to Tamil-Canadians, and to all those who suffered and lost loved ones during the war,” he added. “Today, I invite all Canadians to recognize the many contributions that Tamil-Canadians have made to our country and the adversity they have overcome.”
See the full text of his statement here.
Canadian politicians have been joining the Tamil community to mark the tenth year of Mullivaikkal and Tamil genocide remembrance in the lead up to May 18.