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Sri Lanka: Human Rights

Volume 494: debated on Monday 22 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received of the treatment in Sri Lanka of Tamils visiting Sri Lanka from the UK; what steps he is taking in response to such reports; and if he will make a statement. (280284)

We are aware of two British nationals in the camps for internally displaced persons in Sri Lanka. My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary raised the issue with the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister on 5 June 2009. The Foreign Secretary was assured that the Government of Sri Lanka was addressing the issue. We very much hope they will be able to return to their families in the UK as soon as possible.