In line with one of its assurances on the Tamil question, the Sri Lankan government has lifted ban on eight bodies of Tamil diaspora.
However, in respect of eight other bodies including the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam, the ban continues to be in force.
In March 2014, the then Rajapaksa regime had imposed the restrictions on 16 bodies and 424 individuals. On Friday, the Defence Ministry, through a gazette notification, brought down the number of banned individuals to 155.
Among the organisations which were removed from the list of designated persons were the British Tamil Forum and the Global Tamil Forum (GTF), both headquartered in the United Kingdom; Canadian Tamil Congress and the Australian Tamil Congress.