Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, Jim Murphy MP, visited Ilford North tonight for an event organised by Parliamentary Candidate Wes Streeting on the human rights situation facing the Tamil people in Sri Lanka.
Jim Murphy spoke passionately about the need for David Cameron to uphold his commitment to press for a full, independent, international inquiry into human rights abuses in Sri Lanka and Labour’s commitment to continuing the work of former Foreign Secretary David Miliband in holding President Rajapaksa’s government to account.
Over 30 people braved the pouring rain to listen to a panel of speakers, including Ilford South MP Mike Gapes, a member of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee in Parliament, and Labour Councillor T. Jeyaranjan, to discuss the ongoing human rights abuses endured by the Tamil people in Sri Lanka under President Rajapaksa.
Wes Streeting said: “Unspeakable crimes were committed against the Tamil people during the civil war. We need an independent international inquiry into the atrocities and an immediate halt to the ongoing human rights abuses by President Rajapaksa’s government, which has made Sri Lanka one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a journalist.
“The Tamil community in Redbridge play an active part of our cultural, economic and civic life in Redbridge and it is important that we stand with them to demand justice. The Labour Party has a proud internationalist tradition and we will continue the work started by David Miliband when he was Foreign Secretary to shine a spotlight on Sri Lanka and demand justice for the Tamil people.”