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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 82

US Human Rights Report on Sri Lanka: Report highlights

[b]US Human Rights Report on Sri Lanka: Report highlights paramilitary issue to Tigers delight[/b]

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

[b]Washington, D.C.,10 March ([/b] It blames Sri Lanka’s Tamil separatists, the Liberation Tigers, of abductions, disappearances, indiscriminate killings and using under-age children for military combat, but the scrutiny is more on the Government of Sri Lanka as the latter is an elected entity that receives foreign assistance from the United States and the former is a clandestine organization which the United States has no hold, or even a dialogue, when it comes to assistance under the 1976 amendment to the Foreign Assistance Act.

The annual report, which is seriously taken by the two influential foreign relations committees of the U.S. Congress, is a document that is able to influence the lawmakers to force or compel a legitimate entity like a government, whether elected or not, to undertake changes in its approach to governance in exchange of foreign economic and security assistance.

A clandestine organization like the Liberation Tigers of Sri Lanka does not have that obligation as long as it steers clear of being a 'threat to the national security of the United States.' So far, the Tigers have not posed any threat to the national security of the United States.

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