Proud to stand with the Tamil people. pic.twitter.com/6yILzKkxMO
— Rep. Wiley Nickel (@RepWileyNickel) May 19, 2023
On the 14th anniversary of the Mullivaikkal genocide, US Congressman, Wiley Nickel, has released a statement acknowledging the Tamil genocide and reaffirming his commitment to stand by the Tamils in their fight for justice.
In his statement, he noted that he was the first elected official in the United States to publicly acknowledge the Tamil genocide. He also noted that he co-sponsored a resolution calling for a referendum for Eelam Tamils to be “democratically and equitably represented” as well as a “lasting peaceful political solution”.
In his statement, he maintained:
“The Tamil people deserve a future in which they can live in peace, a future where their rights are respected, and a future where their voices are meaningfully heard through a democratic process”.
His full statement reads:
“On this day of deep sadness, I'm honoured to join the Tamil people in remembrance, morning and solidarity. Tamil Genocide Remembrance Day is an important occasion that holds great significance and will be more around the world.
And for those who advocate for peace, justice, and human rights, I'm proud to have been the first elected official in the United States to publicly acknowledge the Tamil Genocide. And I'm proud to be an original co-sponsor of the resolution introduced today.
We must acknowledge the pain and suffering endured by the Tamil people and ensure that the voices of survivors are heard. I commend the Tamil Americans working tirelessly to promote awareness of the Tamil genocide and champion a permanent political solution for their people. Their dedication and commitment to justice and peace is commendable.
As we observe Tamil Genocide Remembrance Day, let's remember the lives lost the families torn apart, and the enduring resilience of the Tamil people. May this day remind us of our responsibility to stand against injustice, and work towards a world where everyone can live in peace, equality, freedom and dignity. The Tamil people deserve a future in which they can live in peace, a future where their rights are respected, and a future where their voices are meaningfully heard through a democratic process. On this Tamil genocide Remembrance Day, we mourn and remember, and I reaffirm my commitment to stand by you as we fight for justice”.