THE DOUBLE STANDARDS
The US State Departments ‘Country Reports on Terrorism 2014’ confirms that LTTE’s international support network and financial network is alive inspite of LTTE’s defeat in May 2009. While LTTE leader and core leaders perished what must always be remembered is that the entities that raised funds, procured arms, lobbied foreign governments/UN, ran bogus propaganda for the LTTE did so from abroad and quite openly despite a handful of arrests by nations that have banned LTTE. Nonetheless, pursuant to the GOSL declaring 16 entities operating from overseas as LTTE fronts and naming close to 500 individuals as supporting LTTE, the prerogative was on the US and all nations to have banned the LTTE to take action against the individuals and organizations operating from inside their territories whilst also holding foreign passports. No amount of reports can excuse the inaction on the part of the US, UK, EU, Canada and all other nations that have banned the LTTE if they have not used provisions of the UNSCR 1373 to investigate the organizations, individuals, their sources of income/bank accounts, foreign remittances etc after the GOSL banned these entities and named them. Therefore, it is now time for some real action against these banned LTTE fronts by foreign governments who are watching these entities continuing their nefarious activities while issuing global reports saying LTTE is alive and kicking.
The United Nations has issued an excellent technical guide for nations based on the UNSCR 1373 giving guidelines and calling upon nations to take action against terrorist funding and providing material support. It is an excellent guide and one that the Sri Lankan Government needs to make full use of in quoting to demand actions against the banned LTTE fronts/individuals.
Paragraph 2 of the UNSCR 1373 says that all States shall:
The UN Technical Guide to the implementation of Security Council Resolution 1373 (2001) requires States
Questions from US & all other nations that continue to ban LTTE
The UN has also highlighted preventive measures to be taken by financial institutions and non-financial businesses and professions. This is extremely relevant to the GOSL banned LTTE fronts and the individuals named. Have the US and the 32 nations at least requested the Financial Intelligence Units to investigate their funds moreover the UNSCR 1373 entails states to establish FIUs or equivalent? The next question is how far have the Sri Lankan Authorities demanded actions against these technical standards and norms set from the states that have banned LTTE?
The UN guide also covers alternative remittance systems/ cash couriers/ money value transfer services (Hawala)http://www.onlanka.com/news/ltte-resurrection-hawala-money-transfer-how-many-more-gobis-are-out-there.html an area that LTTE has mastered. These are all areas that the LTTE fronts can be targeted and questions how far the GOSL has demanded action while also questioning the genuineness of foreign states to eradicate terrorism and terrorist funding.
Another important area are the Non-Profit organizations covered in the UN guide. LTTE fronts have camouflaged themselves as charitable entities and have abused and manipulated the tax-exemptions.
Pertinent too is the clause DENIAL of SAFE HAVEN and is relevant to the LTTE fronts who are perhaps harbouring runaway LTTE cadres into their charitable organizations. These certainly need to be investigated.
What States must assure Sri Lanka is that given that these declared LTTE fronts are resident in foreign territories that States must prevent their territory being used for the purpose of terrorist acts in Sri Lanka.
Nevertheless what is quite hilarious is that it is these banned entities that are calling the shots, going to regularly meet UNHRC head/UN officials, hob nobbing with foreign MPs/VIPs and even issuing statements against a sovereign state and the UN is even quoting from these entities in their reports and moreover these entities are running websites and smear campaigns against the GOSL and the Armed Forces and these are also being quoted in UN reports as well as by INGOs/NGOs who if investigated will also have some kind of links to these LTTE fronts too.
Therefore, given that the GOSL has banned 16 LTTE fronts and close to 500 individuals no domestic inquiry should commence until and unless foreign governments where these banned entities and individuals are operating from take action and commence investigations against them.
The Sri Lankan President should take note of this because just as the People of Sri Lanka are watching the fact that the US terrorism report reveals that the LTTE is well and alive the GOSL should not carry out any domestic inquiry until nations first take action against these banned entities and the individuals who are holding foreign passports.
Shenali D Waduge
SECURITY COUNCIL UNANIMOUSLY ADOPTS WIDE-RANGING ANTI-TERRORISM RESOLUTION;
CALLS FOR SUPPRESSING FINANCING, IMPROVING INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION
Resolution 1373 (2001) Also Creates Committee to Monitor Implementation