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No meaningful progress on justice and reconciliation - Joan Ryan MP on Tamil New Year

The Sri Lankan government has made no meaningful progress on justice and reconciliation, the British MP, Joan Ryan, has said.

In a statement for Tamil New Year, the Labour MP for Enfield North said:

I send my warmest wishes to all Tamils in the UK as you celebrate Puthandu. 

As you reflect upon the past twelve months and look forward to the year ahead, I know many of you will be thinking about family, friends and loved ones in Sri Lanka.  

I share your concern that the Sri Lankan Government has made no meaningful progress on justice and reconciliation. Unless the culture of impunity on the island is tackled, and there is a genuine reckoning with the country’s past, Sri Lanka will be unable to lay the foundations of a sustainable peace. 

I will continue to support all efforts to ensure an enduring peace in Sri Lanka and the recognition of the Tamil people’s fundamental rights and freedoms. 

I hope you all have a peaceful, prosperous and happy Puthandu.