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Tamil Poem in Purananuru, circa 500 B.C 

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Terrorism: Sri Lankan Law & Practise

The Laws...
Sri Lanka Prevention of Terrorism Act, 1979

"These provisions are quite extraordinarily wide. No legislation conferring even remotely comparable powers is in force in any other free democracy operating under the Rule of Law, however troubled it may be by politically motivated violence. Indeed there is only one known precedent for the power to impose restriction orders under section 11 of the Sri Lankan P.T.A., and that - as Professor Leary rightly pointed out in her Report - is the comparable legislation currently in force in South Africa... such a provision is an ugly blot on the statute book of any civilised country." - Paul Sieghart: Sri Lanka: A Mounting Tragedy of Errors - Report of International Commission of Jurists 1984

Emergency (Proscribing of LTTE) Regulations,  1998
The Practise...
Sri Lanka State Terrorism - President Rajapakse: 2006/2008
International Educational Development writes to High Commissioner of the United Kingdom to Sri Lanka, 28 July 2007

"A situation of armed violence may be either armed conflict or terrorism but legally cannot be both. Armed conflict automatically invokes the Geneva Conventions. Terrorism invokes criminal law.  The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam are an actual combat group, fully uniformed, occupying territory, engaging in sustained and concerted military operations with an identifiable chain of command and using the methods and materiel of armed conflict. Whether the war is viewed as one in the defense of the right to self-determination (I think it is) or a civil war, the minimum test for a war is clearly met... Using the �terrorism� label against the LTTE.. creates a huge problem if one wishes to �negotiate...�"

Bombs and Bombast: Counter Terrorism Norms and the Discourse of the LTTE - Deepa Prakash, 19 January 2007
Sinhala State Terrorism & Western Foreign Policy - Vettivelu, April 2006
What is Terrorism & Who are Terrorists? - Devanesan Nesiah, February 2006
Sri Lanka State Terrorism & Non State Tamil Eelam - R.Shanmugalingam., February 2002
LTTE not a terrorist organisation  - Karen Parker
LTTE are a combat force - Memorandum submitted to US State Department  - Karen Parker, 1997
Terrorism Research Centre - Sri Lanka Country Profile
Terrorism & Human Rights: Father Peter Pillai Oration - Desmond Fernando, 2006
Who are the terrorists in Sri Lanka - Independent Australian Weekly, 3 February 2007
Liberation struggle or terrorism? The politics of naming the LTTE, Suthaharan Nadarajah, Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah, 1 February 2005
Suicide Terrorism in Chechnya and Sri Lanka - Jillian Manekas, Fall 2005
The Roots of Suicide Terrorism - Assaf Moghadam, May 2005


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