LTTE committed HR abuses-US
Dec 16, 2010 7:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
The latest cables published by WikiLeaks website highlight human rights abuses committed by the LTTE and the SLMM of turning a blind eye to LTTE forced conscription.
Sources told representatives of the US embassy to Sri Lanka that the LTTE regularly demanded a cut of international NGOs’ spending in the areas they controlled. Other sources described a harsh regime of compulsory conscription into fighting forces. "If they fail to report, they are taken forcibly, often at night," one said.
"The Tigers require at least one person between the ages of 18 and 35 per family to fight for the LTTE, apparently believing that if the "draftees" are at least 18 years old, the international community cannot criticize the Tigers for requiring military service. The LTTE provides written notice to draftees with orders to report to a particular military office for service. If they fail to report, they are taken forcibly, often at night."