The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said it ‘unequivocally condemns’ the Sri Lankan government's proscription of several Tamil diaspora groups as terrorist organisations, in a statement signed by party leader, R. Sampanthan.
“We note with serious concern that this regressive step taken by the government is consistent with many other measures that it continues to take in the North and the East that are against the spirit of reconciliation. These measures include the military occupation of private lands, and the arbitrary arrest, detention and ‘rehabilitation’ of Tamil youth under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA),” the TNA said.
Stating that the government had failed to present any reasons for the designation of these organisations and individuals as terrorists despite the passing of two months since the proscription, the TNA called for all organisations and individuals against whom there is no evidence of engaging in or supporting any ‘terrorist acts' to be de-proscribed.
"Among several organisations and individuals listed, are many who have supported the TNA’s question to find a political solution to the National Question based on a framework of devolution that is within in a united Sri Lanka and acceptable to all communities. Such a framework has been enunciated by us continuously at elections and endorsed by the Tamil people," said the TNA.
See full statement here.
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