Sri Lanka country brief

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2016-03-24 00:53:26

2016-03-24 00:53:26

Cooperation on transnational crime

Australia recognises that working with regional partners is crucial to combatting transnational crime including people smuggling. Australia and Sri Lanka cooperate closely on counter people smuggling through the Australia-Sri Lanka Joint Working Group on People Smuggling and Other Transnational Crime and the Bali Process on People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons and Related Transnational Crime.

In 2014, Australia donated two Bay Class vessels to Sri Lanka to operate alongside the Sri Lankan Navy’s existing capability to intercept people smuggling ventures originating in Sri Lankan waters. The vessels have been gifted for the purposes of providing support for border protection, maritime safety and to counter people smuggling. Under the Australia-Sri Lanka Memorandum of Understanding concerning Legal Cooperation against the Smuggling of Migrants (December 2009), Australia and Sri Lanka are working to strengthen people smuggling legislation to prevent criminals exploiting gaps in legal frameworks.

Successive Australian Governments have consistently and strongly opposed all forms of terrorism, including terrorist acts by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). On 21 December 2001, the Minister for Foreign Affairs listed the LTTE in accordance with Australia’s obligations under United Nations Security Council Resolution 1373 on the prevention and suppression of terrorist acts.. The LTTE listing was renewed by the Minister for Foreign Affairs in November 2013. Consequently, it is a criminal offence under Australian law to use or deal with assets owned or controlled by the LTTE, or to provide assets to the LTTE, whether directly or indirectly.

On 21 March 2014, the Sri Lankan Government gazetted a list of organisations and individuals it had designated pursuant to Sri Lanka’s implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1373.. The listed entities included a number of Australia-based organisations and individuals. The Sri Lankan listings do not affect Australia’s implementation of UN Security Council sanctions regimes, and do not constrain the freedom of those Australia-based groups or individuals listed to express their views and to operate in Australia in accordance with Australian law.

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