UK hails de-listing of proscribed organisations

The British Government today welcomed the move by Sri Lanka to de-list several proscribed organisations and individuals.

The British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka James Dauris said that the review is a commendable step to facilitate dialogue and engagement.

“Welcome SL government’s review of proscribed organisations and individuals – a commendable step to facilitate dialogue and engagement,” he said in a tweet.

The Government lifted the ban on several former LTTE front groups through a gazette notification published by the Government Printer on Friday.

Signed by the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence as the Competent Authority, the gazette notification repeals the gazette issued by the former Government listing at least 15 organizations over alleged links with the LTTE.

The amended list issued on Friday removes the ban on the London based Global Tamil Forum (GTF), the British Tamil Forum (BTF), Australian Tamil Congress (ATC) and the Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC), among others.

The new gazette notification has also lifted the ban on the head of the Global Tamil Forum, Father S.J. Emmanuel. (Colombo Gazette)