United Kingdom: UK lifts ban on LTTE
More than 40 countries, including India and the United States, have banned the LTTE. India was the first country to impose a ban on the LTTE.
No country in the world has been directly affected by the LTTE and has not banned the movement. On the contrary, the Sri Lankan government has been accused of banning the LTTE by the international community.
An EU court ruled a few years ago that an EU ban on the LTTE was invalid. However, the ban continued only in the UK. However, in 2008 the last Tamil Eelam government called on the British Home Office to lift the ban, citing the LTTE’s involvement in any terrorist activities.
Following the rejection of this by the Home Ministry, the last Tamil Nadu government had taken legal action against the Proscribed Organizations Appeal Commission, a special body for prohibited organizations, in a bid to lift the ban. The ban on the LTTE is an impediment to the freedom of speech and expression of Tamils. It was argued that the LTTE was not involved in any terrorist activities.
In this case, the Special Commission ruled that the UK ban on the LTTE was invalid. The 38-page ruling said the ban on the LTTE was invalid. With this, it seems that the ban on the LTTE in the UK will soon be lifted. The ruling is expected to be confirmed by the UK government and the ban on the LTTE lifted.
While various courts around the world have already ruled that the LTTE’s struggle for rights is not terrorism, it is expected that this historic ruling will help mobilize world support for the moral struggle being waged by Sri Lankan Tamils.