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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 79

Listing of the LTTE as a Terrorist Group

[b]Listing of the LTTE as a Terrorist Group[/b]

[b]Frequently asked Questions clarified:[/b]

Canada's new government lists the LTTE as a terrorist organization. Given below are the answers to the frequently asked questions. Clarification by the Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada (PSEPC) was created in 2003 to ensure coordination across all federal departments and agencies responsible for national security and the safety of Canadians.

[b]Question - 1:[/b] [i]Why is the Government of Canada listing the LTTE (Tamil Tigers)? [/i]

[b]Answer - 1: [/b]Canada has assessed the LTTE and determined that it is a terrorist group pursuant to the Criminal Code. Listing under the Criminal Code is a clear statement that anyone supporting the LTTE is not welcome in Canada and if they do support the terrorist activities of the LTTE, they can be subject to criminal prosecution.

The LTTE has been known to use terrorist methods and suicide bombings. Since the beginning of the conflict in Sri Lanka more than 20 years ago, over 64,000 deaths have occurred. The LTTE is known to engage in activities to further their terrorist objectives, such as fundraising and recruitment, which directly affect thousands of people in Sri Lanka, Canada and elsewhere. The Human Rights Watch report issued in mid-March, which concluded that Canadians of Tamil descent are being threatened with reprisals if they fail to contribute to the LTTE war chest, is but one such report.

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