Sri Lanka is in ‘firm protest’ against Bill 104 which advocates for Tamil Genocide Education Week in Ontario, Canada.
In a statement, the High Commission of Sri Lanka in Ottawa said:
“Sri Lanka’s firm protest against the blatantly false claims being made in the Bill including the grossly exaggerated number of casualties at the conclusion of the conflict in Sri Lanka and allegations of ‘genocide’ have been conveyed.”
Bill 104, introduced in 2019, proclaims the seven-day period in each year ending on May 18 as Tamil Genocide Week. During that period, all Ontarians are encouraged to educate themselves about, and to maintain their awareness of, the Tamil genocide and other genocides that have occurred in world history.
Last week, Peel District School Board issued a statement to ‘clarify’ their Mullivaikkal Genocide statement after backlash from the Sri Lankan embassy. The Sinhala community mobilised in response to the tweets and increased recognition that the Tamil genocide was receiving in Canada and around the world.
These incidents form part of a series of Sri Lankan embassies abroad, voicing their concerns over local developments.
See more about Bill 104 here.