Defence Ministry reviews banned LTTE front organizations

BannedThe 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. (Ceylon Today)

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