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Solidarity of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions with Tamils

August 3, 2009

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions feels a deep sympathy with the Tamil people’s legitimate demand for human and national rights, and at their last Biennial Delegates Conference (7-10 July 09) in Tralee a motion asking for intensified solidarity work with the Tamils in Sri Lanka was adopted.

In a letter of the 29th of July to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Micheal Martin, ICTU’s General Secretary David Begg writes that he agrees with Amnesty International’s call for an independent inquiry into war crimes in Sri Lanka. “The Irish Congress of Trade Unions hopes that the Irish government will take initiatives on the international level, and within the European Union, for such an independent inquiry.”

Read the letter here.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. George permalink
    August 3, 2009 10:47 am

    Thanks to the Irish Congress of Trade Unions for supporting the Tamil’s. Amnesty International has repeatedly reported on the human rights issues but it hasn’t been heard. Thanks to the Unions more people will become aware of the plight of the Tamils held in the camps in Sri Lanka.

  2. S.Nandkumar permalink
    August 3, 2009 8:41 pm

    Irish Congress of Trade Unions’ support for the Tamils has given us strength and a feeling that we are not alone in the international selfish circus. It is indeed very heartening and a moral booster. They too were struggling and fighting for centuries and Bobby Sands fasting gave us an inspiration. Oppressed community only will understand the feelings of another oppressed community’s sufferings.

    The Tamil community definirely appreciates the support and looking forward to further steps towards our freedom.


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