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October 3, 2009


GMB joins call for openness in Sri Lanka

GMB union leader Paul Kenny has urged the government to help the Tamil people as the humanitarian crisis in Sri Lanka continues to grow.

Moving a motion in support of the National Union of Journalists’ call for reporters to be allowed to enter Sri Lanka, Mr Kenny said that following the end of the war it was now time “to bring the peace.”

“Men, women and children have been placed in camps and nobody has seen them,” he said.

“The Sri Lankan government has turned away foreign journalists and the camps are tightly guarded.

“They call the camps villages but history has a different name.”

Mr Kenny added: “Open your doors, let the journalists in – what have you got to hide?

“Let these people free. Let the message go out from Labour that you can trust us to help the Tamil people.”

Conference welcomed the recent EU decision to reconsider Sri Lanka’s favoured trading status but agreed the status should now be withdrawn until Sri Lanka’s government allows aid charities and journalists in.

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