It is my pleasure this evening to present to the House a petition on behalf of my constituents and others on Sri Lanka. It may interest hon. Members to know that, a few weeks ago, I held a meeting with around 600 or 700 Tamils in my constituency, who were clearly concerned and alarmed about the situation there. It is therefore my pleasure to present their petition.
Following is the full text of the petition:
[The Petition of members of the British Tamil community, and others,
Declares that the loss of life, denial of human rights, and restricted access of the United Nations and other relief agencies in Sri Lanka are unacceptable; and further declares that tens of thousands of Tamil civilians have been displaced by military action and face an uncertain future.
The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons calls upon Her Majesty's Government to take all necessary steps to secure a ceasefire, allow unfettered access for UN and NGO relief, human rights agencies and the media, and make clear to the Sri Lankan Government that a lasting peace can only come through political dialogue and respect for human rights.
And the Petitioners remain, etc.]