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British MPs file Early Day Motion calling for clean water for Tamils

British parliamentarians filed an Early Day Motion calling for steps to be taken to ensure that clean drinking water is fully accessible in Northern Sri Lanka and expressing their concern over Colombo’s refusal to allow independent assessments of water quality in the region.

The motion, signed by parliamentarians from the Conservative Party, the Labour Party, the Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru, the Democratic Unionist Party and the Scottish National Party, was filed earlier this week, days after an event at the Houses of Parliament discussing Tamil genocide recognition.

It stated that not only must there be to a “full independent investigation” around the Chunnakam power plant complex which has caused environmental damage to the area, but also called on Sri Lanka to ensure those affected must receive “competent medical follow-up and be compensated adequately by the Sri Lankan Government”.

The motion also calls for “steps to be taken to allow all citizens in northern Sri Lanka, the majority of whom are Tamils, to have access to clean drinking water”.

See the full text of the motion here.

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