Sri Lanka to appeal against move to lift UK’s ban on LTTE

The Government of Sri Lanka says that it has been made aware of the Open Judgement by the Proscribed Organizations Appeals Commission (POAC) of the United Kingdom on delisting the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as a proscribed terrorist organization.

The government also said that it will appeal against the judgement of the independent tribunal in the UK which has reportedly ordered the British Home Office to lift the ban on the LTTE.

Sri Lanka’s Foreign Ministry, issuing a statement today, said that the decision of the POAC dated 21 October 2020 arises from an appeal filed in May 2019 by an LTTE front organization challenging the decision of the UK Secretary of State for Home Affairs dated 8 March 2019, which refused the application by the group to de-proscribe the LTTE from the list of Proscribed Organizations under the UK Terrorism Act of 2000. 

While the Government of Sri Lanka was not a party to these proceedings at the POAC and could not make direct representations, the Government said it has assisted the Government of the United Kingdom by providing relevant information with regard to continued terrorist activities. 

“The Open Judgement of the POAC while allowing the Appeal, provides for further hearings, and the Government of Sri Lanka will continue to closely monitor the progress of the case in the UK,” the forign ministry said. 

The Government maintains that it has sufficient evidence to prove that the remnants of the LTTE and groups aligned with its terrorist ideology are active in foreign countries, working to incite violence and destabilize the country. 

Sri Lanka remains vigilant of threats to its national security as well as that of the region, and will always support members of the international community in the global fight against terrorism, the statement said.

The UK listed the LTTE as a terrorist outfit in early 2000.

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