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Dr Hugh McDermott, a member of New South Wales Legislative Assembly, has called on both the Premier and Opposition leader in New South Wales, Australia, to follow the lead of Ontario in recognising Sri Lanka’s genocide against Tamils and to refer the perpetrators of the genocide to the International Criminal Court.

McDermott’s statement comes in advance of Mullivaikkal remembrance on 18 May. 12 years have passed since the end of the armed conflict however no military official has been held accountable for grievous war crimes that took place.

In his statement, McDermott highlights report UN reports which revealed that in the last stages of the war;

“Tamil civilians were ordered by the Sri Lankan Government to assemble in no-fire zones to guarantee their safety from the fighting. These zones included internationally recognised safe spaces during war, such as hospitals and schools. These no‑fire zones were then repeatedly and systematically targeted by aerial bombings and artillery fire”.

He further adds:

“An estimated 40,000 non‑combatant men, women and children were murdered. Further, Tamil civilians were repeatedly subjected to acts of torture, rape and kidnapping, all of which were systematically performed by the Sri Lankan military”.

In his statement, McDermott stressed that “as Sri Lanka is not a party to the Rome Statute, the referral [to the International Criminal Court] must receive unanimous support from all UN Security Council members”. He further notes the efforts of parliamentarians across Europe to achieve this such as the “twenty-one parliamentarians from across France [who] have called on President Macron to use France's influence as a member of the United Nations Security Council to make that referral happen”.

His statement further maintained that Australia should follow suit and recognise Sri Lanka’s “appalling acts as genocide”.

McDermott also thanked the Tamil community in western Sydney noting;

"My family and I have been incredibly fortunate to make many Tamil friends within the Tamil community. I am inspired by their resilience, their kindness, and their hardworking nature".

He added:

As members of Parliament, we must fight for justice, champion human rights, and support our multicultural community. The Tamil community deserves justice. We need a State and Federal approach to this path of reconciliation.

Responding to his statement, Gajen Ponnambalam, thanked him on Twitter stating:



நியூ சவுத் வேல்ஸ் சட்டமன்றத்தின் உறுப்பினரான டாக்டர் ஹக் மெக்டெர்மொட், ஆஸ்திரேலியாவின் நியூ சவுத் வேல்ஸில் உள்ள பிரதமர் மற்றும் எதிர்க்கட்சித் தலைவருக்கு தமிழர்களுக்கு எதிரான இலங்கையின் இனப்படுகொலையை அங்கீகரிப்பதில் ஒன்ராறியோவின் முன்னணியைப் பின்பற்றவும், இனப்படுகொலையின் குற்றவாளிகளைக் குறிப்பிடவும் அழைப்பு விடுத்துள்ளார். சர்வதேச குற்றவியல் நீதிமன்றத்திற்கு. மெக்டெர்மோட்டின் அறிக்கை மே 18 அன்று முல்லிவைக்கல் நினைவுக்கு வருவதற்கு முன்கூட்டியே வருகிறது. ஆயுத மோதல் முடிவடைந்து 12 ஆண்டுகள் கடந்துவிட்டன, இருப்பினும் நடந்த கடுமையான போர்க்குற்றங்களுக்கு எந்த இராணுவ அதிகாரியும் பொறுப்பேற்கவில்லை. தனது அறிக்கையில், யுனைடெட் அறிக்கைகளை மெக்டெர்மொட் சிறப்பித்துக் காட்டுகிறார், இது போரின் கடைசி கட்டங்களில் வெளிப்படுத்தியது;

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