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Anderson meets Tamil representatives in Derry

19 May, 2017 - by Martina Anderson MEP


Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson today met a delegation of Tamils in Derry to remember the 2009 massacre of Tamils by the Sri Lankan military. 

Martina Anderson said: 

"Between January and May 2009 the Sri Lankan military massacred tens of thousands of Tamil civilians in an outrageous war crime. 

"The UN estimates that at least 70,000 Tamils were killed when the Sri Lankan army carried out a brutal attack on an area it had designated a supposedly 'safe zone' in the north of the island. 

"No one has every been held accountable for this war crime, which Sri Lankans commemorate every May 18 as Mullivaikkal Remembrance Day. 

"Today  I met a group of Tamils who are visiting Derry to discuss the legacy of this war crime, which an international tribunal found was carried out with the complicity of the United States and Britain. 

"The EU has granted a favourable trading agreement to Sri Lanka despite the human rights abuses against the Tamil people and we will continue to campaign against that in the European Parliament. 

"Sinn Féin will continue to support the Tamil people in their campaign for justice and freedom." 

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