OISL report portraying LTTE as a non-terrorist organisation: Dr. Godahewa

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By Lahiru Pothmulla   

The report of the OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka (OISL) has attempted to misinterpret the LTTE as a non-terrorist organisation, Dr. Nalaka Godahewa said in Geneva on Thursday.   

Speaking at a sideline event of the 39th session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), he said the OISL report was the base of the 30/1 UN resolution which was brought against Sri Lanka in 2015. The sideline event was chaired by Turkish Human Rights Defender Prof. Dr. Mehmet Sukru Guzel.   

Dr. Godahewa and Prof. Guzel have argued that the UNHRC had previously referred to Sri Lanka’s war situation as ‘combating terrorism’ but the 2015 OISL report has referred to the LTTE as a ‘non-State armed group’ instead of a ‘terrorist group.’    

“Therefore, no legal action can be taken under the ‘UN Global Counter Terrorism Strategy’ against the elements in the Tamil diaspora that financially aided and abetted the LTTE. A future government of Sri Lanka should submit a counter resolution urging the UNHRC to probe pro-LTTE elements and its sympathizers under the UN Global Counter Terrorism Strategy,” the duo said.   

Dr. Godahewa said the extremist elements in the Tamil diaspora continued to level war crime allegations against Sri Lanka by appearing as human rights protectors in the UNHRC.   

“These diaspora members who have financially aided and abetted the LTTE can be held responsible for the LTTE’s crimes if they were probed under the UN Global Counter Terrorism Strategy,” he said.