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Tamils 'still face persecution today' says Corbyn in Thai Pongal message

The UK leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corbyn in his Thai Pongal address this week, highlighted the ongoing persecution faced by Tamils and called on the UK government to take a lead in ensuring Sri Lanka works towards justice for Tamils. 

"The Tamil people have made huge sacrifices in their struggle for human rights in Sri Lanka - and still face persecution today. As we approach the 70th anniversary of Sri Lanka's independence, our Government must take a lead in ensuring the Sri Lankan government takes active steps to support justice for Tamils in Sri Lanka and commit to serious post-conflict reconciliation."

"I wish all Tamil people a happy Thai Pongal and a fantastic year ahead." he tweeted. 

Full address reproduced below: