Govt to ban LTTE fronts?
Sri Lanka lately has gained more attention than the Gaza strip at
successive UN Human Rights Council sessions after May 2009, surprisingly
it is after the elimination of LTTE terrorism in the country. The
Government and a number of other member states in the Council have
termed the attention on Sri Lanka as highly selective, intrusive and
TGTE head V. Rudrakumaran
It is claimed that international politics is partly responsible for
the spotlight being focussed on Sri Lanka while the actions of the LTTE
rump has become apparent. The level of LTTE involvement in sprucing up
the Human Rights campaign in Geneva was evident when a number of LTTE
front organisations openly campaigned in Geneva making a mockery of
human rights. They included Fr.Emmanuel of the Global Tamil Forum, Suren
Surendran of the British Tamil Forum, Gary Anandasangaree of the
Canadian Tamil Congress, Ranjan Sri Ranjan of the National Council of
Canadian Tamils (Nediyawan Group), and others of the Transnational
Government of Tamil Eelam. They were joined by Ananthi Sasitharan, the
widow of the LTTE leader Elilan and a few other politicians who are
close to the LTTE international wing leaders who legitimised and funded
terrorism and violence in Sri Lanka.
According to Defence sources, the LTTE overseas network has split
into four LTTE branches after the defeat of the LTTE in Sri Lanka.
Although they cooperate at times, on most occasions they rival each
other internationally. Exploiting the freedom in the West, they function
through various fronts. Some of these fronts with alleged close LTTE
links are the Global Tamil Forum led by Father S. J. Emmanuel,
Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam led by V. Rudrakumaran, Tamil
Eelam Peoples Assembly (TEPA: Makkal Peravai) led by Nediyawan and the
Head Quarters Group led by Segarampillai Vinayagamoorthy alias Vinayagam.
Representing various front organisations in Geneva they campaigned
against Sri Lanka, drumming up support in favour of resolutions. It is
claimed that countries like Canada, UK, Mauritius and India with
sizeable communities of Tamils are influenced and controlled by the LTTE
rump. The host political leaders are susceptible to constituency and
electoral pressure, often pressurising them to work against Sri Lanka.
Although as many as 32 countries have banned the LTTE, their front
organisations are still active spreading LTTE ideology and engaging in
fund raising activity freely. Recent investigations following K.P.
Selvanayagam alias Gopi, an LTTE cadre, shooting a police officer in
Kilinochchi reveals that the LTTE international network operating
through fronts has been funding a revival of the LTTE. A senior
intelligence source said to prevent a revival of the LTTE in Sri Lanka,
the Government is tipped to ban these front organisations and seek help
from governments to dismantle the LTTE overseas wing. The Government
recognises that the fight against the LTTE shifted overseas after the
LTTE was defeated in May 2009.
Sources said these fronts perform four functions - lobbying foreign
governments against Sri Lanka through a campaign of misinformation and
disinformation, exercise constituency, electoral and financial pressure
on Western, Tamil Nadu, Mauritius, and other politicians and political
parties, influence international organisations, NGOs especially human
rights NGOs and the media against Sri Lanka and work directly and
through select TNA, TNPF and other Sri Lankan Tamil politicians to
radicalise Tamils in Sri Lanka.
In addition they recruit, motivate and fund Tamil youth in Sri Lanka
including former Tamil Tigers to revive violence including terrorism.
Although the LTTE was dismantled, the LTTE international wing had
survived due to loop holes in law enforcement systems in foreign states
and were working through the diaspora. The Tamil community in Sri Lanka
has rejected the LTTE which is largely funded by LTTE fronts overseas.