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Dangerous to deny Tamils the right to self-determination – Jeremy Corbyn

The Leader of Her Majesty’s Official Opposition has warned Sri Lanka that denying Tamils the right to self-determination would be dangerous.

Speaking at the Mullivaikal Tamil Genocide Remembrance Event held at the UK Houses of Parliament on Wednesday evening, the Rt Hon Jeremy Corbyn said it is imperative that the Sri Lankan government resolve the ethnic conflict on the basis of the right to self-determination of Tamils.

‘Tamils must be allowed to determine their own destiny,’ Mr Corbyn added.

Mr Corbyn also called for the formation of an international judicial mechanism to address the crime of genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and other international crimes committed by the Sri Lankan state against the Tamils and to reveal the truth on state-sponsored enforced disappearances.

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The event, hosted by Siobhain McDonagh MP (Mitcham and Morden), and led by Mr Sen Kandiah, the Chairman of Tamils for Labour, was attended by over 150 Tamils.

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The Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt Hon John McDonnell, the Shadow International Development Secretary, Rt Hon Kate Osamor, the Shadow Peace and Disarmament Minister, Fabian Hamilton, the Rt Hon Gareth Thomas  MP (Harrow East) and Tan Dhesi MP (Slough) also spoke at the event.