By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan
The Defence Ministry will be submitting a review report on the 16 banned LTTE fronts and the names of over 400 individuals accused of supporting terrorism, to the Foreign Ministry this month (November) in a prelude to a possible lifting of the ban on them.
Defence Secretary Karunasena Hettiaarachchi told Ceylon Today that the Defence Ministry and Foreign Ministry are jointly reviewing the banned LTTE front organizations and 400 individuals whose names were gazetted last year (2014) under the Rajapaksa regime.
” The Defence Ministry is in the process of a minutely detailed review of the 16 LTTE fronts and other individuals all of whom were banned under the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1373 and will submit their review to the Foreign Ministry before deciding on the next steps towards de-listing” the Defence Secretary said.
He added that the Ministry is in the process of collecting information through networking with the countries the LTTE fronts have links with, their networks, events and incidents they were involved in.
Several leaders such as V. Rudrakumaran of Transitional Government of Tamil Eelam, Nediyavan who lives in Norway, Headquarters Group Leader Vinayagam and the Global Tamil Forum led by Father S.J. Emmanuel are listed in the Gazette notification.
The Gazette notification dated 21 March 2014 banned 16 LTTE front organizations with effect from February 24, 2014. The list is of designated persons, groups & entities under paragraph 4(2) of the United Nations Regulations No. 1 of 2012, the notification said.
The 16 main LTTE front organizations are: Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, Tamil Rehabilitation Organization (TRO); Tamil Coordinating Committee (TCC); British Tamil Forum (BTF), World Tamil Movement (WTM), Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC); Global Tamil Congress (GTC); National Council of Canadian Tamils (NCCT);Tamil National Council (TNC), Tamil Youth Organization (TYO), World Tamil Coordinating Committee (WTCC), Transitional Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE), Tamil Eelam People’s Assembly (TEPA), World Tamil Relief Fund (WTRF), and Headquarters Group (HQ Group).
Contacting the Tamil Diaspora and gathering information from them would be handled by the Foreign Ministry, Hettiaarachchi added.
The Defence Secretary also said that an investigation- based report on the 400 odd names that were mentioned in the Gazette notification would be soon finalized.
Sri Lanka Proscribes 15 Suspected LTTE Front Organizations Abroad as Foreign Terrorist Entities Under UN Resolution 1373
The Sri Lankan Government led by President Mahinda Rajapaksa has in a decisive move with far reaching implications proscribed as foreign terrorist entities several overseas organizations suspected of being fronts of the Liberaton Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE).
The Government of Sri Lanka against which a US sponsored resolution was passed by the UN Human Rights Council last week has now banned several organizations functioning abroad as “foreign terrorist” utilising the UN Security Council Resolution 1373 which was brought about by the USA on September 28th 2001 after the attack on New York twin towers on September 11th 2001.
It is learnt that the Sri Lankan ministry of External Affairs has gazetted legislation outlawing several organizations reportedly functioning in several countries including the USA, Canada Britain, Norway, Italy, Switzerland,France and Australia.
Among organizations proscribed are the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam(TGTE) headed by New York lawyer Visuvanathan Ruthirakumaran,Global Tamil Forum headed by Catholic Priest Fr.SJ Emmanuel,the LTTE group led by Perinbanayagam Sivaparan alias Nediyavan and the tiger group led by Sekarampillai Vinayagamoorthy alias Vinayagam.
It is expected that External Affairs minister Prof.Gamini Lakshman Peiris will announce details of the proscription imposed on such foreign terrorist entities later this week.
The proscribed entities listed in the Gazette consist of the main LTTE and 15 other alleged front organizations of the tigers.The proscribed organizations are as follows-
01. LIBERATION TIGERS OF TAMIL EELAM a.k.a LTTE a.k.a TAMIL TIGERS.
02. TAMIL REHABILITATION ORGANIZATION a.k.a TRO.
03. TAMIL COORDINATING COMMITTEE a.k.a TCC
04. BRITISH TAMIL FORUM a.k.a BTF
05. WORLD TAMIL MOVEMENT a.k.a WTM
06. CANADIAN TAMIL CONGRESS a.k.a CTC
07. AUSTRALIAN TAMIL CONGRESS a.k.a ATC
08. GLOBAL TAMIL FORUM a.k.a GTF
09. NATIONAL COUNCIL OF CANADIAN TAMILS a.k.a NCCT a.k.a Makkal Avai
10. TAMIL NATIONAL COUNCIL a.k.a TNC
11. TAMIL YOUTH ORGANIZATION a.k.a TYO
12. WORLD TAMIL COORDINATING COMMITTEE a.k.a WTCC.
13. TRANSNATIONAL GOVERNMENT OF TAMIL EELAM a.k.a TGTE
14. TAMIL EELAM PEOPLES ASSEMBLY a.k.a TEPA
15. WORLD TAMIL RELIEF FUND a.k.a WTRF
16. HEADQUARTERS GROUP a.k.a HQ Group
According to authoritative sources the organizations listed as suspected terrorist entities functioning on foreign soil fall under four broad categories reportedly under the overall control of four key individuals.
They are the organization/s under-
1. Perinbanayagam Sivaparan alias “Nediyavan”;
2. Rev.Fr. SJ Emmanuel
3. Visuvanathan Ruthirakumaran
4. Sekarampillai Vinayakamoorthy alias Vinayagam
Explaing further the rationale behind such proscription at this juncture ,informed sources stated that the fundamental objective was to appraise foreign countries particularly western nations of how LTTE fronts existing amidst members of the Tamil Diaspora resident on their soil are now financing the revival of LTTE activity in Sri Lanka.
The Government is concerned about the recent attempt to revive the LTTE in Sri Lanka. All evidence unearthed so far indicate that funds,support and assistance from LTTE front organizations are primarily responsible for the attempted tiger renaissance in Sri Lanka.
Since the UN resolution 1373 expects countries to assist one another to combat terrorism ,Sri Lanka will request the host countries to investigate the activities of such organizations and key members on their soil and take appropriate action.
Sri Lanka will provide particulars about such key activists as authorities in Sri Lanka are in possession of the entire data base of former LTTE senior leader Veerakathy Manivannan alias Castro who was in charge of the LTTE international secretariat which directed and coordinated overseas LTTE activity until early 2009.Castro simply abandoned his office in Puthukkudiyiruppu and escaped when the Sri Lankan armed forces advanced thereby letting the data base with particulars of overseas LTTE activity fall easily into the lap of the security forces.
The Government is also likely to obtain cooperation from these Western countries to proclaim LTTE activists abroad as offenders” listed as Wanted or to be watched through related INTERPOL notices.
Speaking further authoritative sources said that as a result of the proscription coming into force Sri Lankan nationals in the Island will be forbidden to maintain contact or links with members of the proscribed organizations.This would prevent Sri Lankan political parties and leaders from obtaining funds from such entities for undertakings in Sri Lanka. This move is likely to affect several members of Tamil political parties in Sri Lanka.
This would also forbid Sri Lankan politicians and Non –Governmental Organization (NGO) activists being in contact with representatives of such entities either in Sri Lanka or during trips abroad.
Sections of the media in Sri Lanka giving wide coverage to statements and interviews given by officials of such organizations will also be restricted from doing so.
Furthermore the proscription will also render members of these proscribed entities liable for arrest under the Prevention of Terrorism Act(PTA) if and when apprehended while visiting Sri Lanka.
It is learnt that extensive dossiers of key individuals from these proscribed organizations and their activities abroad will be provided to the respective countries concerned in due course.
Sri Lankan authorities are expected to strictly enforce provisions of the proscription under UN resolution 1373 after the Sinhala-Tamil new year in April this year.
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This News story Appears in the “daily Mirror”of April 1st 2014. It can be accessed via this link:http://www.dailymirror.lk/news/45244-sl-bans-ltte-fronts.html