NGO activists, led by the Bergoff Foundation, are trying to fight against the EU travel ban on the LTTE. They are even trying to influence the International Human Rights Advisor to the Peace Process, Ian Martin. This was revealed to The Island by participants who attended an NGO organised meeting held at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute on Wednesday.
They said the Bergoff Foundation is known to be sympathetic to the LTTE and a woman attached to the Foundation questioned Martin if the travel ban imposed by the European Union was an obstacle to the peace process and tried to influence the Human Rights Advisor.
The participants said the meeting was held under the banner `Council for Public Policy` and most NGO activist were trying to give legitimacy to the LTTE judicial system, police under the pretext of helping them to adhere to human rights. `The group was trying to recommend the government to work together with the LTTE legal and system which ultimately would legitimacy to a terror group.`
The participant said `No body pointed a finger at the LTTE. They did not blame the LTTE for its violations. No one brought the issue of the three policemen in LTTE custody. They only said the LTTE had made it own Human Rights commitments. Only Mr Harim Pieris reminded them that the LTTE violated the Ceasefire agreement over 3,000 times. He said minimum standards must be maintained by both parties.`
A participant said the group praised the SLMM for doing an excellent job and settling disputes between the parties while it was clear that child conscription and other criminal activities were carried out by the LTTE. `How about the killing of Foreign Minister Kadirgamar? Is it just a minor violation?` The participant queried.
The participant accused the NGO groups for ganging up against the government to defend and support the LTTE.