In March of this year, Gareth Thomas MP spoke at a Westminster debate about the situation of Tamil people in Sri Lanka.
To read the full debate please click here.
For several years, Gareth and his colleagues have been calling for an international inquiry into alleged war crimes by both sides during the Sri Lankan civil war. A recent UN report found that as many as 40,000 people may have been killed.
Since the war ended in 2009 President Rajapaksa has repeatedly failed to deliver an independent, credible investigation, to address human rights abuses suffered by Sri Lankans or to implement the recommendations of his own Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission.
This month Labour called for the Prime Minister to use the opportunity of the UK re-taking a seat on the UN Human Rights Council to push for an independent, international inquiry to commence swiftly and address the ongoing human rights concerns in Sri Lanka, including the prevalence of sexual violence, the role of the military, the attacks on religious minorities and the intimidation of human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists.
The United Nations has now adopted a resolution which states that an inquiry is necessary. The resolution was presented by the United States on behalf of a number of countries, including Britain.