Saturday, 05 April 2014 - 13:17
Wikileaks reveals how Canada helped LTTE
Wikileaks has revealed the support received by the LTTE from various elements in Canada during the conflict.
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Canada’s Conservative-minority government domestically designated the LTTE/Tamil Tigers under Canada’s Criminal Code on April 10th, 2006.
The Canadian government did not, however, list the many Canadian front organizations for the LTTE, despite the fact that Canada's anti-terrorism act allows their government to designate front organizations.
In the past, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service has stated that eight front organizations support the Tigers in Canada.
Experts have estimated that in the 1990s, over 80 percent of the Tamil Tigers’ military budget came from overseas sources, and various reports have estimated that the Canadian Tamil diaspora was a source of between 1 to 10 million US Dollars annually.
Approximately a quarter of the world’s Tamil population lives outside of Sri Lanka.
Canada is home to the largest Tamil diaspora, estimated at roughly 200,000.
A recent report from Human Rights Watch focused on signs it had found of extensive extortion by the Tigers within the Canadian Tamil community.