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e-3168 (Foreign affairs)

Initiated by Roy Wignarajah from Scarborough, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Minister of Foreign Affairs

  • Canada is a member of the Sri Lanka Co-Group at the UN Human Rights council;
  • The High Commissioner of the Council released the Sri Lanka report on January 27, 2021;
  • The High Commissioner urges the Member States to take steps to refer the situation in Sri Lanka to the International Criminal Court, in paragraph 59 of the report;
  • Twice before, the UNHRC has leant its support to domestic accountability and reconciliation initiatives, culminating in resolution 30/1, from which Sri Lanka unilaterally withdrew in March 2020;
  • The High Commissioner indicates that Sri Lanka has now demonstrated its inability and unwillingness to pursue a meaningful path towards accountability for international crimes and serious human rights violations;
  • In March 2011, the UN Secretary General’s Panel of Experts and Internal Review Panel on Accountability in Sri Lanka reported that as many as 40,000 Tamils were killed and 70,000 people were unaccounted for in the final six months of the war ending in 2009; and
  • The failure to refer Sri Lanka to the ICC will embolden it to continue international atrocity crimes unabated, against the Tamils.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Minister of Foreign Affairs to:
1. Work with members of the Co-Group, and garner support from other council members, to adopt a new resolution at the upcoming February and March 2021 sessions, guaranteeing justice to victims of international atrocity crimes;
2. Ensure the new resolution incorporates mechanisms to refer Sri Lanka to the International Criminal Court; and
3. Ensure the new resolution mandates non-recurrence of mass atrocities and proposes a referendum with international monitors and victims’ participation, to determine the Tamils’ political future, as remedial justice.
Open for signature
February 10, 2021, at 9:04 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
April 11, 2021, at 9:04 a.m. (EDT)
Photo - Heather McPherson
Edmonton Strathcona
New Democratic Party Caucus
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