Government to ban all groups promoting LTTE

By Easwaran Rutnam

The Sri Lankan Government is to ban all groups who promote the LTTE ideology or separatism in Sri Lanka.

The Government recently banned a number of Tamil diaspora groups, including some influential organizations based in the UK.

Some of the groups were banned in 2014 but were de-listed by the Government in 2015.

Cabinet co-spokesman Udaya Gammanpila said that Sri Lanka is not prepared to engage with such groups or individuals.

Gammanpila said that Sri Lanka will closely engage with the expatriate community but will ban any group or individual who promotes the ideology of the LTTE.

“The LTTE is proscribed in Sri Lanka and separatism is banned under our Constitution,” he said.

The Minister said that anyone who propages the ideology in Sri Lanka or overseas and anyone who promotes separatism will be banned.

The Global Tamil Forum (GTF), British Tamil Forum (BTF), Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC), Australian Tamil Congress (ATC), National Council of Canadian Tamil, Tamil Youth Organisation and the World Tamil Coordinating Committee have been proscribed by the Ministry of Defence.

The Government has also banned a number of individuals based in the UK, Germany, Italy, Malaysia and several other countries.

Among those banned are GTF spokesman Suren Surendiran, who had been engaged in talks with then Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera and the Tamil National Alliance after the former Government lifted the ban on some of the diaspora groups.

The former Government had de-listed most groups considered as being moderate in their views, in an attempt to seek their support for the reconciliation process and development of the North.  (Colombo Gazette)

1 COMMENT

  1. The government cannot be criticised for proscribing groups whose sole aim is to destabilise the government, and are actually an anathema to the goal of peace and reconciliation.

    However, the government must now demonstrate its aim for peace and reconciliation in a more tangible manner. Every fair minded Sri Lankan is aware that the Tamils have legitimate grievances. They and the other minorities must have their grievances addressed if Sri Lanka is to enjoy PERMANENT peace and harmony. Some of the short sighted policies of so called ardent Buddhist politicians will guarantee anything but that.

    The President said he will rule for all Sri Lankan’s. So far, he has proved to be a man of his word. But he needs to be more proactive in advancing the governments intransigence on legitimate Tamil grievances.

    The Tamils for their part need to get better representation into parliament. And adopt more pragmatic policies that are cognisant with “ground realities”.

    One Country; one people. United and prosperous.

    WE DARE TO DREAM !!!

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