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* Sri Lanka Tamil party sees recent government action as attempt to thwart a free and transparent investigation
Sun, Apr 27, 2014, 09:04 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka's major Tamil party, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) says that the recent actions of the government are seen as an attempt to thwart a free and transparent investigation into the alleged human right violations and accountability issues.

Delivering the Chelvanayagam Memorial Lecture at the Kathiresan Hall in Wellawatta Saturday, the TNA Leader, R Sampanthan has said that the government action to ban several organizations and individuals for allegedly aiding attempts to regroup the LTTE has also been perceived by independent observers as a reaction to the events that took place at the recent UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) sessions in Geneva.

The TNA Leader has said that a government has the right to take steps as deemed necessary for good reason.

"It must be conceded that a government has the right to take steps as deemed necessary for good reason," Sampanthan said.

However, he has added that these actions of the government have been seen as moves to thwart a free and transparent investigation of the matters contained in the resolution adopted at the UNHRC at Geneva.

In an interview with 'The Nation', Sampanthan has said that he was unaware as to whether the LTTE was in fact regrouping in Sri Lanka, but has added that the Government should take action if there was anything illegal happening.

With the signing of the UN Resolution 1373, the Sri Lankan government on April 01 proscribed 16 Tamil diaspora groups that are alleged of having terror links and involved in reviving the defunct Tamil Tiger terrorist organization Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the country and added some 430 individuals to a list of supporters of the terrorist movement.

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