UK notes de-listing of GTF, BTF in updated travel advice

The British Foreign Office has issued an updated travel advice on Sri Lanka which takes note of the de-listing of two UK based diaspora groups.

The updated travel advice issued today notes that on 20 November 2015, the Sri Lankan Government published a revised list of organisations and individuals proscribed under Sri Lankan law and the list no longer includes the British Tamil Forum (BTF) or the Global Tamil Forum (GTF).

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

The British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka James Dauris had 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 had said in a tweet.

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

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 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)