Saturday, August 14, 2010
The Montreal International Women’s Conference is currently underway. This exciting global initiative brings together women from five continents to work towards building a global militant women’s movement in the 21st century. A number of workshops took place today covering topics from development aggression to women in war to migrants’ rights.
In today’s plenary, the 250 participants of the Montreal International Women’s Conference endorsed the following declaration addressed to the Canadian government regarding the arrival of 490 Tamil refugees:
Declaration addressed to the Canadian government
As we conduct our international women’s conference this weekend in Montreal, 490 Tamil women, children and men, refugees from Sri Lanka, arrived off the coast of Western Canada;
Instead of opening their arms to these tired travellers who have been searching for refuge for the last 90 days on the high seas, the Canadian government immediately confined them in centres, nothing more than “prisons” for refugees;
We, the 250 women here today denounce this horrifying action on the part of the Canadian government, supported by certain reactionary media outlets, which has demonized these desperate people… once again calling them “terrorists”;
We demand that the 490 Tamil women, children and men fleeing an unjust and reactionary government in Sri Lanka be treated with dignity and accepted as the genuine refugees that they are;
We join with our sisters and brothers around the globe struggling to help restore women’s vibrancy and self respect in Sri Lanka;
We join with our sisters around the globe in pushing for peace, justice and freedom for all Tamils in Sri Lanka;
This call is unanimously supported by the 250 delegates and supporters today present at the Montreal International Women’s Conference.
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