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Incidents involving the LTTE outside Sri Lanka: 2013



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January 29


Two US Senators called for an independent investigation into the potential war crimes committed by the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE during the civil war in Sri Lanka. In a letter addressed to the outgoing Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, Democratic Senator from Pennsylvania Bob Casey and Democratic Senator from Vermont Patrick Leahy said an independent investigation is needed because the Sri Lankan Government has not answered the legitimate concerns of the people.

February 1


HRW in its World Report 2013 said there was no fundamental progress on key human rights issues in Sri Lanka over the past year. Overly broad detention powers remained in place under various laws and regulations, leaving several thousand people detained without charge. State SFs committed arbitrary arrests and torture, including sexual assault, against ethnic minority Tamils. Repatriated Tamils allegedly linked to the defeated LTTE were at particular risk, HRW research found.

February 26 New York

HRW in a report reveals that Sri Lankan military, military intelligence and the police, including specialized units such as the CID and TID are accused of continuing to use rape and sexual assault nearly four years after the end of the war to torture Tamil detainees suspected of having links with the vanquished terrorist outfit LTTE.

March 15 Geneva

Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Dr. Palitha Kohona said that Sri Lanka undertook a task never undertaken by any country that faced terrorism, by even rehabilitating suicide bombers of the LTTE and releasing them to the Sri Lankan community.

March 15 Geneva

Sri Lanka's Special Envoy of the President on Human Rights and Minister of Plantation Industries Mahinda Samarasinghe answering a question during the sessions at the 22nd Session of the UNHRC asked the International Community as to why "it keeps silent on the atrocities committed by the LTTE."

March 18 Chennai

Tamil activists in Tamil Nadu supporting Sri Lanka's defeated Tamil Tiger terrorist outfit LTTE have assaulted Sri Lankan Buddhist monk identified as Bandara, who was part of a group of Sri Lankan pilgrims at the Central Railway Station in Chennai.

May 27 Geneva

Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva and Leader of the Sri Lanka Delegation to the 23rd session of the UNHRC Ravinatha Aryasinha said that the Government has established a mechanism to ensure the right of information to the relatives of LTTE suspects.

May 30 Bangalore

A court in Bangalore city acquitted 10 LTTE suspects who were being tried for allegedly possessing explosives and substances used for making bombs. The ten were arrested by Police in the city in 2002. They were in judicial custody and were subsequently granted bail by Supreme Court and Karnataka High Court.

May 31 Washington

US Country Reports on Terrorism 2012 released by the US State Department said that LTTE's financial network of support continued to operate throughout 2012 and there were multiple reports of increased LTTE involvement in human smuggling out of refugee camps.

June 14 Berlin, Germany

External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris, during his bilateral discussions in Berlin with Dr. Guido Westerwelle, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany urged Germany to keep a close watch on the several LTTE front organisations in Germany, breaching the European Union proscription.

June 19 Sydney, Australia

Stating that there are continuing activities by LTTE front organizations in Australia, Visiting External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris when he held talks with Brendan O'Connor, the Australian Minister for Immigration and Citizenship in Australia pressed for their proscription in Australia under the Australian Criminal Code Act.

June 22 Sydney, Australia

Foreign Minister Professor G. L. Peiris during a long interview in Sydney claimed that remnants of the defeated LTTE are involved in the people-smuggling business of bringing Sri Lankan boat people to Australia. He stated, although the war between the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE is over, Tamil Tiger networks still intimidate Tamil families in the diasporas and extort money from them, while also engaging in a range of other criminal activities.

July 2 New York

A Canadian LTTE operative extradited to the US to face charges of supporting the LTTE pleaded guilty in Brooklyn in New York to the charges against him. The suspect, Suresh Sriskandarajah (32), could face up to 25 years in prison after admitting that he provided material support including sophisticated military technology to the LTTE. He has used students as couriers to smuggle prohibited items into LTTE-controlled Wanni region in Sri Lanka and also helped the LTTE launder its proceeds in the US and elsewhere.

August 30 Tamil Nadu, India

The 'Q' Branch of Tamil Nadu Police arrested the two LTTE suspects, Sivaneshwaran alias Nesan (34) and Gopi alias Manoharan (37) from an apartment in Chennai city. Police said Sivaneshwaran was formerly an important functionary in the political recruitment wing of the LTTE while Gopi had completed his training and was a member of the outfit. The two suspects were reportedly making IEDs to trigger explosions in Sri Lanka.

September 4

Melbourne, Australia

Ranjini, a Tamil refugee in Australia, admitted to having trained child soldiers of LTTE during Sri Lanka's civil war to justify her indefinite detention in Australia. She also told Australian immigration officials she rose to the rank of 'Lieutenant Colonel' in the LTTE and fought two battles in the late 1990s against Sri Lankan forces. Ranjini is the most well-known of a group of 47 refugees held in immigration detention but not permitted a visa to live in Australia.

September 5

Geneva, Switzerland

A man, believed to be a supporter of LTTE, committed self-immolation in front of the United Nation's Human Rights Committee building in Geneva, Switzerland. There was a photo of a soldier next to him with a symbol of the LTTE as well as documents on self-immolation of Tibetans in Tibet.

September 27

New York, U.S.

Prosecutors in the New York, U.S. asked Suresh Sriskandaraja, a Canadian man to serve the maximum sentence of 15 years after he admitted to helping LTTE in Sri Lanka. He was arrested in 2006 and freed on bail three years later before his extradition to the U.S. in 2012. While in Canada, Sriskandarajah helped research and acquire aviation equipment, submarine and warship design software, night vision equipment and communications technology for the LTTE.

October 17 New York, U.S

Seven years after he was arrested by the RCMP in Toronto, Canada Piratheepan Nadaraja (37), a Canadian LTTE supporter pleaded guilty in New York, U.S. to conspiring to buy anti-aircraft missiles for LTTE. The FBI in a statement said "Nadarajah and his associates attempted to acquire these weapons at the direction of senior LTTE leadership in Sri Lanka. The anti-aircraft weapons were to be used by the LTTE to shoot down aircraft used by the Sri Lankan military."

October 17 London, U.K.

The members of the House of Lords of the British Parliament in London, UK pounded on Sri Lanka's human rights issues during the debate on the future of the Commonwealth, in light of Sri Lanka hosting the CHOGM in November. Lord David Chidgey said despite the charter's intention to strengthen the Commonwealth, the controversy over Sri Lanka hosting this year's CHOGM while claims of war crimes committed against the LTTE remain unresolved threatens to undermine the Commonwealth's fundamental values.

October 29

New York, U.S.

A New York court in U.S. sentenced a Canadian LTTE operative to two years in prison. Suresh Sriskandarajah was arrested in 2006 and extradited to the U.S. in 2012. While in Canada, Sriskandarajah helped research and acquire aviation equipment, submarine and warship design software, night vision equipment and communications technology for the LTTE.

November 28

Brussels, Belgium

'The Last Phase', a documentary film depicting the life story of a former female LTTE cadre during the final stages of the humanitarian operation in Sri Lanka was screened at the EU Parliament in Brussels for the first time.

December 6

New Delhi, India

T.R. Baalu leader of DMK of Tamil Nadu, India issued a notice seeking a discussion, under Rule 193 in the Lok Sabha, against the human rights violations and war crimes committed by the Sri Lankan defence forces against Tamils during the civil war against the LTTE.







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