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* Northern PC passes resolution opposing Sri Lankan government's ban on pro-LTTE organizations
Tue, Apr 29, 2014, 06:10 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 29, Colombo: The Northern Provincial Council in Sri Lanka has adopted a resolution against the government's decision to proscribe 16 international Tamil diaspora organizations alleged of functioning as LTTE front organizations.

The Council controlled by the major Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Monday passed 23 resolutions including a resolution demanding the government to withdraw the ban on the 16 overseas Tamil organizations.

The resolution moved by the Council member M.K. Sivajilingam has been passed unanimously.

However Provincial Councilor A. Jayathilaka has told local media that the UPFA members in opposition objected to the TNA resolution.

The government on April 01 signed the UN Resolution 1373, which sets out strategies to combat terrorism and to control terrorist financing.

Among the organizations proscribed are, the LTTE's Trans National Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) headed by New York lawyer Visuvanathan Ruthirakumaran, Global Tamil Forum (GTF), which is headed by Fr.SJ Emmanuel and active in Europe, and the UK-based British Tamil Forum (BTF).

The Tamil groups claims the government banned the diaspora groups to thwart the international investigation into Sri Lanka's alleged human right violations requested by the UN resolution.

Sivajilingam said that also a resolution to thank the countries that supported the US-sponsored resolution on Sri Lanka adopted at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva last month.

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