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Mayor of Toronto marks May 18 as Tamil Genocide Remembrance Day

 The Mayor of Toronto, John Tory, proclaimed May 18 2019 as “Tamil Genocide Remembrance Day” in a statement released today.

The statement, said,

“Tamil Genocide Remembrance Day is an opportunity for us to honour and memorialise those impacted by the armed conflict in Sri Lanka. The armed conflict in Sri Lanka caused the persecution of innocent people, displaced many and caused many to seek refuge elsewhere. We gather on this solemn day to remember, to commit to ensuring that such tragedy is never repeated and to continue to seek justice

Of the 300,000 Tamils that now call Canada their home, many ha come to Toronto to put down new roots. Tamils in Toronto have played an integral role in our success and continue to contribute to the social, economic, political and cultural fabric of this great city.

The City of Toronto recognises that atrocities were committed during the war and that there is a need for truth seeking and proper accountability for those who were responsible. Just as you stand with us in building a great city, we stand with you in remembering those we lost, and commit to supporting long term peace accountability and reconciliation in Sri Lanka.

Now therefore, I Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May18 2019 as ‘Tamil Genocide Remembrance Day’ in the City of Toronto.”