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Ban on organizations removed in accordance with UN Charter – Presidents Office

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Ban of six organizations was removed in accordance with the charter on prevention of terrorism which have been approved by UN security Council, President’s office said today.

“The decision was made to remove the ban of six organizations as per the UN resolutions 1758/19 of May 15 2012. As per the resolution Secretary Ministry of Defence was appointed as the competent authority of implementing the process of living bans on organizations. He was appointed as per an agreement reached between Minister of Defence and Minister of Foreign Affairs,” a statement released from President’s Office said.

“The Secretary Ministry of Defence will have to appoint a committee which comprises representatives of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Attorney General’s Department, intelligence units, law enforcement institutions and financial investigation unit of Central Bank to look into the organizations which are to be banned and study how they have funded terrorism over the years and make recommendations on prohibiting them. The monitoring pertaining to lifting of bans on six institutions began in March this year,” the statement added.

Therefore the bans have been lifted on Global Tamil Forum (GTF) Australian Tamil Congress (ATC), Global Tamil Coordination Committee, Tamil Ealam People’s Assembly, British Tamil Federation (BTF) and Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC).

Those which are blacklisted by the recent gazette notification include the LTTE, Tamil Rehabilitation Organization (TRO), Tamil Coordination Committee (TCC), World Tamil Movement (WTM), Transnational Government of the Tamil Eelam (TGTE), World Tamil Relief Fund (WTRF), Head Quarters Group (HQG), National Council of Canadian Tamils ( NCCT), Tamil Youth Organization (TYO), National Towheed Jamath (NTJ), Jamaat Millate Ibrahim (JMI), Wilayan As Seylaini (WAS), Dalur Adar (DR), Sri Lanka Islam Students Movement (SLISM) and Save the Pearl etc.

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