The Sri Lankan government has issued a special gazette notification banning several Tamil diaspora organizations.
The organisations include Tamil advocacy groups such as the British Tamil Forum; the Canadian Tamil Congress; the Australian Tamil Congress; the Global Tamil Forum; the National Council of Canadian Tamils; the Tamil Youth Organisation; and the World Tamil Coordinating Committee.
The list also includes the names of more than 300 individuals. It is feared that this move by the government will adversely affect the economic and social programs of the diaspora organizations in Sri Lanka.
The announcement comes a few weeks ago when the commissioner of the Human Rights Council Verónica Michelle Bachele warned of possible human rights abuses in Sri Lanka. She said in her statement that, the situation in Sri Lanka represents “clear early warning signs of a deteriorating human rights situation and a significantly heightened risk of future violations, and therefore calls for strong preventive action.”
See the full notice: Sri Lanka bans several Tamil diaspora organisations and over 300 individuals