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Condemnation of Sri Lanka Government’s Decision to Export Farm Workers to Israel Amid Escalating Gaza Conflict

Movement for Land and Agricultural Reform (MONLAR), expressing our deep concern and condemnation regarding the recent decision of the Sri Lanka government to export 10,000 farm workers to Israel. This decision, taken at a time when the conflict between Israel and Gaza has escalated, resulting in the tragic loss of innocent lives, including children and infants, is deeply troubling.

The ongoing conflict in Palestine demands international attention and calls for a collective effort to promote peace, justice and immediate ceasefire to stop all the killings and allowed humanitarian support for wounded and internally displaced people. In such a volatile situation, the decision to send Sri Lankan farm workers to Israel raises ethical questions about the appropriateness of engaging in labor agreements with a country involved in armed conflict.

MONLAR firmly believes in the principles of justice, human rights, and the protection of vulnerable populations. We express our solidarity with the people of Palestine who are enduring immense suffering during this conflict. Sending workers to a region marred by violence not only puts their safety at risk but also raises concerns about the ethical implications of engaging in economic activities with a country involved in a military conflict.

We urge the Sri Lanka government to reconsider this decision, taking into account the humanitarian aspects of the conflict and prioritizing the safety and well-being of its citizens. It is essential to align our actions with the principles of justice, peace, and respect for human rights, especially during times of heightened geopolitical tensions.

MONLAR calls for a transparent and inclusive dialogue to address the concerns of citizens, civil society organizations, and stakeholders regarding the government’s decision. We emphasize the importance of fostering a foreign policy that upholds human rights, contributes to global peace, and aligns with the values of justice and solidarity.

Therefore, MONLAR demands the Sri Lanka government to reconsider its decision in light of the broader ethical considerations and the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Palestine.

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