Statement by Leader of NDP Ontario, Andrea Horwath on the 30th Anniversary of Black July


Today Tamils across the world are marking the 30th anniversary of Black July. Hundreds of Tamils were killed and many more were displaced during the violent pogrom that took place in July 1983.

I mourn with the Tamil community for the collective and individual loss they have experienced 30 years ago. In speaking with members of the community I understand that the pain caused during Black July is deep. Remembering helps people heal but it is also vital to ensure atrocities like thus never happen again.

On behalf of Ontario New Democrats, I renew the call for respect for human rights in Sri Lanka. The only way we can prevent an atrocity like this from repeating itself is by being ever vigilant and raising our voices in support of justice.


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