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British minister welcomes partial lifting of Tamil diaspora ban

British Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Hugo Swire has welcomed the Sri Lankan government’s move to de-proscribe some Tamil diaspora groups.

In a tweet sent out on Saturday, Mr Swire said it was an “important step towards reconciliation”.

The Sri Lankan government has de-proscribed 8 out of the 16 organisation, while 155 individuals remain proscribed, out of the original 424, accused of “terrorism”.

The groups still proscribed, include the Tamil Coordinating Committee and the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam, both of whom operate freely without bans in Britain.

See our earlier post:

Major diaspora orgs are de-proscribed, while dozens of Tamils remain on 'terror' list (21 Nov 2015)

Also see:

Transcending Terror - Editorial (07 April 2014)

Over 400 Tamil individuals included in Sri Lanka's proscription list (04 Apr 2014)

Diaspora groups reject SL ban, vow to continue struggle (02 Apr 2014)

APPGT deplores diaspora ban, calls on international community to condemn Sri Lanka's actions
 (02 Apr 2014) 

Diaspora ban worsens climate for journalists, NGOs and others working with Tamil groups, says Amnesty (02 Apr 2014)

Proscription of diaspora orgs is to demoralise Tamils in homeland - K. Guruparan (02 Apr 2014) 

Sri Lanka aims to cut us off from the diaspora - TNA's Shivajilingham (02 Apr 2014) 

The proscription of the Tamil Diaspora: War by other means (01 Apr 2014) 

Proscription of diaspora orgs 'shameful' says former UK MP, GTF policy advisor (01 Apr 2014)

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