May 12, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

John Key urged to join Canada and boycott CHOGM meeting in Sri Lanka

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GPJA is supporting a march in Aucklandthis Saturdayorganised by the New Zealand Tamil Society to protest war crimes and on-going human rights abuses in Sri Lanka and to call for Prime Minister John Key to boycott this months Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Sri Lanka.

BoycottSriLanka27-7-13ByAlexBainbridge-webThe march will leave Britomart at12 noonfor Aotea Square this Saturday 9thNovember.

We are asking John Key to join Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and boycott CHOGM which starts on 15thNovember. Canada is making a strong stand on this issue and New Zealand should join them.

The government of Sri Lanka is complicit in massive war crimes committed during the closing stages of the war of independence fought by the Tamil minority against the Sri Lankan army under Mahina Rajapaksa now Sri Lankas President.

According to the United Nations, Rajapaksas army oversaw the indiscriminate killing of between 40,000 and 70,000 ethnic Tamil civilians in 2009.

Rajapaksa is a war criminal with blood on his hands. As President he has refused all calls for an international inquiry into the indiscriminate bombing of civilians, summary executions, torture and murder which took place under his command. The evidence is incontrovertible with many video clips showing what took place in Sri Lankas killing fields.

If John Key goes to CHOGM he will be giving great comfort to the worst war criminal of this century.

Meanwhile human rights abuses against the Tamil community continue across Sri Lanka today

We reject the argument that human rights concerns are best delivered in person. A few weasel words behind closed doors will do nothing for the Tamil community of Sri Lanka.

The most potent international response is boycott and isolation. Canada is showing the way and we should follow.

John Minto0220850161 or 09 8463173
Mike Treen0295254744
GPJA Spokespeople

PS: The president of the New Zealand Tamil Society is Siva Vasanthan 021 023 51 007

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