Anti-Lanka Pro-LTTE NGO Activists Burn Warning Notice
Foreign government and INGO funded anti-Sri Lankan activists in Colombo protest a government order limiting their activities which is threatening to security and defence of the Inland and morale value of the society. So called civil society groups and activists who are largely funded, trained and controlled by the INGOs and foreign government to full fill their geopolitics agenda on Thursday burned copies of a notice issued by the Sri Lankan government that warned nongovernmental organizations from engaging in activities which are beyond the those NGOs’ mandate.
Foreign governments and INGOs funded anti-Sri Lankan protesters carried banners and chanted slogans against the government during the rally, which took place in front of the Fort Railway Station in the capital city Colombo. “The government has violated the fundamental principles of a democratic society and the rule of law,” said one of the leading pro-LTTE Tamil terrorists and LTTE diaspora backed anti-Sri Lankan activist Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, executive director of the foreign funded Center for Policy Alternatives he told ucanews.com; a leading Catholic New Agency working in Asia.
The Sri Lankan government on July 1st warned all civil society groups not to engage in activities outside their mandate, specifically citing press conferences, journalism training and workshops which are threating to security and peaceful environment of the country as activities to avoid. More than 1,400 NGOs received notices from the government.
Another such campaigner, Brito Fernando, co-convener of a very little known so called civil society group “Platform for Freedom:, said the warning was a “clear violation of the Sri Lankan Constitution,” to the same Catholic web site.
Prime Minister of Sri Lanka D M Jayaratne told parliament that the government was not seeking to control NGO activities but was reminding the organizations to adhere to the principles it agreed to follow at its formation. India and United State of America has similar strict restriction to such NGO who are threatening to national security, harmony of religion and peace of the society.
Both the United States had criticized the Sri Lankan government, with the US State Department saying the order “undermines Sri Lanka’s longstanding and proud democratic traditions, including freedom of speech and freedom of assembly”.
However, sources stated that Sri Lanka has taken numerous measures in the interest of its national security as much as the United States has taken or intend to take in the form of scrutinizing and vetting non-governmental organizations operating within the United States and abroad tied up to ‘Uncle Sam’s dollars.’ Both these countries have the right to take steps and measures in the interest of their national security.
The Obama administration plans to scrutinize and vet Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) that receive U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) funds to ensure they are not connected with individuals and groups associated with terrorism as a national security priority. The plan, which is before the current session of the U.S. Congress incorporated in the ‘State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Bill 2014′, would require the NGO and INGO organizations to give the government detailed information about key personnel handling those organizations. The program is described in the bill now before the U.S. House of Representatives, as the Partner Vetting System (PVS).
It demands for the first time that nongovernmental organizations file information with the government on each officer, board member and key employee and those associated with an application for USAID funds or managing a project when funded including name, address, date and place of birth, citizenship, Social Security and passport numbers, sex, and profession or other employment data. The data collected “will be used to conduct national security screening” to ensure these persons have no connection to entities or individuals “associated with terrorism” or “deemed to be a risk to national security,”
The Obama administration considers this step vital to national security interests.
Such screening normally involves sending the data to the FBI and intelligence agencies to see if negative information surfaces.
The far broader proposed vetting program would involve U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies and could result in the denial of applications for funding.
In the interest of national security concerns, if adverse information about handlers of the NGOs and INGOs surface the U.S. intelligence agencies will then take upon themselves to act accordingly.
It is interesting to note that while the United States has taken measures, in the interest of its national security to enact legislation to have a closer scrutiny and tab on NGO’s based in the U.S. and foreign-connected INGOs and their officials, manner in which they expend and handle funds, whether the NGOs and INGOs operate contrary to U.S. foreign policy and national security interests, Sri Lanka has initiated steps to have a closer scrutiny of the locally-based NGO’s receiving funds from foreign sources in its national security interests especially concerned about its sovereignty and territorial integrity at a time former professionals and activists of the now-defunct separatist/terrorist movement Tamil Tigers are operating within the Tamil Diaspora to bifurcate Sri Lanka the Tamil Tigers failed to achieve with an armed struggle for more than two decades.