Significant Funding for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) Is Derived from the Tamil Diaspora

Before the 2002 ceasefire that is still in effect, the Sri Lankan civil war took at least 60,000 lives and compelled almost a quarter of the country’s Tamil population to flee. The Tamil diaspora worldwide now encompasses some 600,000 to 800,000 people.

In late 2005 and early 2006, as incidents of violence escalated and threatened the 2002 ceasefire, the LTTE launched a fundraising drive among the Tamil diaspora in Canada and parts of Europe. Many Tamils who remember government abuses against them all too well willingly contribute funds. But those who refused were sometimes threatened and intimidated by LTTE agents.

Related Links:

Human Rights Watch, Funding the “Final War”. LTTE Intimidation and Extortion in the Tamil Diaspora, March 2006.