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Government proscribes 15 overseas LTTE front organizations as foreign terrorists: The Government proscribed several overseas organizations suspected of being fronts of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as foreign terrorist entities utilizing the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 1373 which was brought about by the United States (US) on September 28, 2001, after 9/11. The proscribed entities listed in the Gazette consist of the main LTTE and 15 other alleged front organizations - Tamil Rehabilitation Organization (TRO), Tamil Coordinating Committee (TCC), British Tamil Forum (BTF), World Tamil Movement (WTM), Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC), Australian Tamil Congress (ATC), Global Tamil Forum (GTF), National Council Of Canadian Tamils (NCCT), Tamil National Council (TNC), Tamil Youth Organization (TYO), World Tamil Coordinating Committee (WTCC), Transnational Government Of Tamil Eelam (TGTE), Tamil Eelam Peoples Assembly (TEPA), World Tamil Relief Fund (WTRF) and Headquarters Group (HQ Group). Daily Mirror, March 31, 2014.

US resolution on Sri Lanka adopted by UNHRC with a majority of 11 votes: The United States (US) led resolution on Sri Lanka at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva was adopted on March 27 with a majority of 11 votes. Out of the 47 members of the UNHRC, 23 voted for the resolution and 12 opposed it while another 12 abstained from voting. Colombo Page, March 28, 2014.

Government amends Presidential Commission to cover cases of alleged disappearances between 1983-2009: The Government on March 25 amended the time period for its Presidential Commission looking into cases of alleged disappearances in its Northern and Eastern Provinces to cover the 26 years from 1983-2009. The Commission's earlier mandate spanned the period from 1990 to 2009, but the new time frame is of relevance to India, for it includes the period when then Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) was active in Sri Lanka [1987-1990]. The Hindu, March 27, 2014.

We only fought brutal LTTE not Tamils, says President Mahinda Rajapaksa: President Mahinda Rajapaksa said on March 12, "The war was not against the Tamils. We only fought a brutal terrorist outfit that was the LTTE". "If our war was against Tamils how could the Tamils live happily and peacefully among the Sinhalese in the south of the country," Rajapaksa added. Times of India, March 14, 2014.

New video clip released by Channel 4 accuses Sri Lankan Armed Forces of having 'underlying culture of systematic brutality and sexual violence': A new video clip released on March 10 by British public-service television broadcaster Channel 4 has accused the Sri Lankan Armed Forces of having an "underlying culture of systematic brutality and sexual violence". Channel 4 journalist Callum Macra said, "On the new visual that has emerged, it was unclear when the video was filmed but suggests it was at some point in the last two or three years of the war, possibly by a soldier using a mobile phone. The Hindu, March 11, 2014.

Census and Statistics Department issues interim report on deaths and property damages during Civil War: The Census and Statistics Department issued its interim report on the nationwide census the Department conducted to assess the human and property damages occurred during the Civil War. The interim report on "2013 Census on Death/ Injuries to Persons and Property Damages Due to Conflict" contains details of the methodology, training, enumeration and supervision, and the processing of the census data. The preliminary report based on enumerator summaries is expected to be released within a few weeks. The Census Department launched the survey on November 28, 2013. Colombo Page, March 5, 2014.

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