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Tamil diaspora organisations who 'espouse separatism' remain proscribed says Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s Ministry of External Affairs announced that it had left 8 out of 16 organisations and 157 individuals proscribed because they “espouse separatism.”

In a statement explaining why the full blanket ban on Tamil diaspora organisations had not been lifted, the MEA said in a statement,

“The initial proscription process was conducted in haste and was not subject to a rigorous process of assessment and verification. Many of the listed organisations had never condoned violence or terrorism. Some of the proscribed individuals were even dead at the time of proscription - including one individual who died 8 years prior to the proscription.  The review process concluded that there was no intelligence or evidence justifying the listing of eight organisations and 267 persons. Groups that continue to espouse separatism, including eight organisations and 157 individuals, remain proscribed.”

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