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NDP leader marks Black July with calls for justice for genocide

The leader of Canada’s New Democratic Party said the international community has a responsibility to help achieve justice, in a statement released to mark the genocidal acts of Black July.

“35 years ago, genocide erupted in Sri Lanka, as mobs carried out pogroms across the country, killing between 400 and 3,000 Tamils, brutalizing countless more, and leaving 150,000 people without homes,” said NDP leader Jagmeet Singh.

“On behalf of Canada’s New Democrats, I want to extend my deepest sympathies today to all those who suffered losses in the pogroms in July of 1983 and the civil war that followed. And I especially want to recognize the suffering of Tamils around the world, who are still dealing with the trauma and displacement that come with genocide.”

The statement went on to add,

“Black July should serve as a reminder for all of us: here in Canada, where we should never be complacent about the power hatred has to divide us – and as members of the international community, where we have a responsibility to use our influence to help achieve reconciliation, justice, and peace.”

See the full text of the statement here.