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Explaining the move to lift the ban on several earlier proscribed organisations and individuals, the foreign ministry today urged the remaining banned entities to make public commitments condemning violence and renouncing separatism in order for de-proscription of those entities.

By a gazette extraordinary issued on Friday, the government lifted the ban on several outfits and individuals previously thought to have been working for the LTTE. On March 21, 2014, 16 organizations and 424 individuals were proscribed under the UN Act No: 45 of 1968. But the latest gazette notification bans only eight organizations and 155 individuals.

“We hope that other groups and individuals make similar public commitments condemning violence and renouncing separatism in addition to other necessary measures. Then they too can be considered for de-proscription and join other formerly proscribed organisations, both in the North and South, who have successfully entered the democratic mainstream and are now working for the betterment of Sri Lanka,” the ministry said in a statement.

“The initial proscription process was conducted in haste and was not subject to a rigorous process of assessment and verification. Many of the listed organisations had never condoned violence or terrorism. Some of the proscribed individuals were even dead at the time of proscription - including one individual who died 8 years prior to the proscription,” the ministry said.

It also said that over the last six months, law enforcement and intelligence agencies have conducted a comprehensive and careful review of the proscribed organisations and individuals. “The review process concluded that there was no intelligence or evidence justifying the listing of eight organisations and 267 persons,” it said.

“As a result of this review, our law enforcement and intelligence services are now able to target their resources more efficiently and focus their energy on genuine threats improving the security of all Sri Lankans. Furthermore, since the new Government came to power with a mandate for democracy, good governance, rule of law, accountability and reconciliation many listed groups made public statements expressing their commitment to a united, undivided Sri Lanka in global forums.”

The statement also said that as per it’s legal obligations, the Government will annually review and update the list of proscribed persons.

  Comments - 10

  • Dd Sunday, 22 November 2015 05:21 PM

    Ane Yes yes, they will listen. Make some milk bottles to feed the innocent Cubs.

    Sapu Sunday, 22 November 2015 06:03 PM

    The govt has sucesfully stopped Pro-LTTE elements and winning the support of many internation Tamil organizations

    sene Sunday, 22 November 2015 06:04 PM

    MR fans can shout about LTTE returning but what the current govt is doing will stop LTTE from returning ever

    K.senarathne Sunday, 22 November 2015 06:05 PM

    The govt has been very succesful in stopping a LTTE return

    PPP Sunday, 22 November 2015 06:08 PM

    Sinhala racists are still shouting at the govt! LOL what the govt is doing will unite divided Sinhala and Tamils

    YAMAYA Sunday, 22 November 2015 06:32 PM

    Gamarala and bulls eating grasses puting country in to mess

    Warr Sunday, 22 November 2015 07:00 PM

    The govt has succesfully destroyed any chance of LTTE reviving overseas

    sene Sunday, 22 November 2015 09:01 PM

    Are you eating grass to insult your president and be blind to his intelligent policy?

    T_T Sunday, 22 November 2015 09:06 PM

    They have no choice as SL tamils and TNa support unity

    chimpa Sunday, 22 November 2015 09:18 PM

    Yes, Gov. took the inertial step to carve out a separate state in the near future. Good.

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