US upholds LTTE aid ban

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The US Supreme Court has upheld a ban on aid to designated terrorist groups including the LTTE, even when that support is intended to steer the groups toward peaceful and legal activities, the US media reported.

According to US media reports the US court, Monday, left intact a federal law that the Obama administration considers an important tool against terrorism. But human rights organizations say the law's ban on providing training and advice to nearly four dozen organizations on a State Department list squanders a chance to persuade people to renounce extremism.

The justices voted 6-3 to reject a free-speech challenge from humanitarian aid groups to the law that bars "material support" -- everything from money to technical know-how to legal advice -- to foreign terrorist organizations.

The aid groups were only challenging provisions that put them at risk of being prosecuted for talking to terrorist organizations about nonviolent activities.

But Chief Justice John Roberts said in his opinion for the court that material support intended even for benign purposes can help a terrorist group in other ways.

In this case, the Humanitarian Law Project, civil rights lawyer Ralph Fertig and physician Nagalingam Jeyalingam, among others, wanted to offer assistance to the Kurdish or Tamil groups.

The government says the PKK has been involved in a violent insurgency that has claimed 22,000 lives while the LTTE waged a civil war for more than 30 years before their defeat last year. (Daily Mirror online)

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  • Tuesday, 22 June 2010 07:53 AM

    you cant understand USA till you think out of the box. you seem to be a Typical JVP supporter

    Tuesday, 22 June 2010 02:51 AM

    IRRESPECTIVE OF WHAT USA OR THE WEST DO SRI LANKA HAS TO LOOK AFTER ITS OWN INTERESTS.

    THIS WAR WOULD NOT HAVE DRAGGED FOR 30 YEARS IF THE WEST WAS SERIOUS ON THIS. THESE ARE ONLY TOKEN GESTURES. THE LTTE ACTIVITIES GO ON IN THE WEST REGARDLESS.

    THIS IS THE REAL SHAME AND DOUBLE STANDARDS OF THE WEST

    Tuesday, 22 June 2010 10:37 AM

    At least some consolation. Canada, Australia, UK and France please follow.

    Tuesday, 22 June 2010 05:49 AM

    Another loss to UNP

    Tuesday, 22 June 2010 06:04 AM

    Hmm.. but provide assistance to organize trans national government against sri lanka? I cannot understand USA

    Tuesday, 22 June 2010 11:14 AM

    The tamils or sinhalese should not trust the west, they try to issue statements time to time for their own gains. we have to thank MR to bring this war to an end in a good or bad ways.
    nobody wants to dependon the west if both communities understands each others problem and respect each others to solve our problems.


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