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* Sri Lanka Tamil party calls on government to lift ban on 16 Tamil organizations
Sat, Apr 5, 2014, 06:32 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 05, Colombo: Sri Lanka's major Tamil party, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has called on the government to lift the ban imposed on 16 Tamil Diaspora organizations.

TNA Northern Provincial Councilor, M.K. Sivajilingam told the media that banning the organizations was aimed at preventing Tamil political parties from engaging with the Tamil Diaspora.

He has explained that the Sri Lankan government does not like Tamil political parties engaging with members of the international community like the TNA did during the period of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) summit.

Sri Lanka banned the Tamil organizations with the signing of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1373, which sets out strategies to combat terrorism and to control terrorist financing.

According to Sivajilingam, the organizations that were banned have not in any way aided terrorists or terrorist organizations in Sri Lanka or elsewhere.

He added that the government has failed to even mention the illegal or terrorist activities the banned organizations have been engaged in.

The Sri Lankan government recently revealed foreign attempts to revive the defeated terrorist organization in the North with the support from the diaspora funds.

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