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HUMAN RIGHTS IN NORTH EAST SRI LANKA

EDM (Early Day Motion) 830: tabled on 14 July 1999

Tabled in the 1998-99 session.

This motion has been signed by 37 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House views with great concern the official and unofficial embargoes on food and medicine to the Vanni and other Tamil areas in the north east of Sri Lanka which are causing enormous suffering, starvation and deaths in the civilian population; notes the lack of free flow of information in and out of these areas, including the ban on visits by the media, NGOs and human rights monitors to the Vanni; further notes the massacres, torture, extra-judicial killings, 'disappearances' and displacement of the Tamil people reported in the findings of the Special Rapporteur of the United Nations, and the existence of mass graves identified at Chemmani and the Duraigappah Football Stadium in the North as reported by Amnesty International and in the eastern province as reported by Joseph Parajasingham, Member of Parliament for Batticaloa; calls on Her Majesty's Government to intervene urgently with the Government of Sri Lanka to seek an immediate end to the embargoes on food and medicine to the affected areas, to secure an agreement to allow the international community to delivery humanitarian aid to the hundreds of thousands of internally displaced Tamils without any hindrance from the Sri Lankan security forces and to request an independent and impartial monitoring of the human rights and humanitarian situation, including an investigation with international experts into the mass graves at Chemmani, Ariyalai, Poompuhar and other areas in the Tamil homeland; and urges the International War Crimes Tribunal to investigate the situation in Sri Lanka.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Cummings, John
Labour
Signed on 21 July 1999
Easington
Cunliffe, Mr Lawrence
Labour
Signed on 19 July 1999
Leigh
Dafis, Cynog
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 19 October 1999
Ceredigion
Etherington, Bill
Labour
Signed on 16 July 1999
Sunderland North
Fearn, Mr Ronnie
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 20 July 1999
Southport
Fyfe, Mrs Maria
Labour
Signed on 21 July 1999
Glasgow, Maryhill
Gardiner, Barry
Labour
Signed on 14 July 1999
Brent North
George, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 15 July 1999
St Ives
Gerrard, Mr Neil
Labour
Signed on 15 July 1999
Walthamstow
Gibson, Dr Ian
Labour
Signed on 16 July 1999
Norwich North
Gorrie, Mr Donald
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 15 July 1999
Edinburgh West
Gunnell, Mr John
Labour
Signed on 26 July 1999
Morley and Rothwell
Hancock, Mr Mike
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 14 July 1999
Portsmouth South
Harvey, Nick
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 27 July 1999
North Devon
Hopkins, Kelvin
Labour
Signed on 16 July 1999
Luton North
Iddon, Dr Brian
Labour
Signed on 15 July 1999
Bolton South East
Jones, Lynne
Labour
Signed on 16 July 1999
Birmingham, Selly Oak
Jones, Mr Nigel
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 21 July 1999
Cheltenham
Keetch, Mr Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 15 July 1999
Hereford
Llwyd, Mr Elfyn
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 21 July 1999
Meirionnydd Nant Conwy
Love, Mr Andy
Labour
Signed on 14 July 1999
Edmonton
Mahon, Alice
Labour
Signed on 15 July 1999
Halifax
Marsden, Mr Paul
Labour
Signed on 15 July 1999
Shrewsbury and Atcham
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 21 July 1999
Hayes and Harlington
McNamara, Mr Kevin
Labour
Signed on 22 July 1999
Kingston upon Hull North
Russell, Bob
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 15 July 1999
Colchester
Simpson, Alan
Labour
Signed on 22 July 1999
Nottingham South
Tonge, Dr Jenny
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 14 July 1999
Richmond Park
Wigley, Mr Dafydd
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 23 July 1999
Caernarfon
Wise, Mrs Audrey
Labour
Signed on 26 July 1999
Preston
Wyatt, Derek
Labour
Signed on 21 July 1999
Sittingbourne and Sheppey

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.