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Sri Lanka: Ethnic Groups

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 670, tabled on 1 June 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received on official discrimination against Tamils in Sri Lanka; and if he will make a statement.

Answered on

4 June 2015

We recognise that more progress needs to be made on Tamil concerns as part of broader reconciliation in Sri Lanka.

President Sirisena has committed to introduce reforms to address inequalities faced by minority communities. These reforms are intended to improve access to education in Tamil; provide relief to displaced people; establish a democratic civil administration in the North and East; put a stop to racial and religious hatred; and to promote reconciliation between communities.

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