Ambikai Satkunanathan; Terrorist Operator or Human Rights Activist?

By Maya Anthony

Ambikai Satkunanathan, a LTTE activist is masqueraded as a human rights lawyer. After her organization was dismantled, she played a covert role in trying to defame the security forces of Sri Lanka.

After LTTE was defeated in May 2009, Thivihan relocated to India. An LTTE leader in Germany Arabindan alias Irumporai flew into India and assisted Thivihan to reorganise the LTTE.

The LTTE cell led by Thivihan was assisted by Vijayakumar Ketheswaran, 19 from Kilinochchi. Hailing from a LTTE family, Ketheswaran’s father, a cooperative manager, transported equipment to LTTE airwing. After his uncle lost his foot accidentally to an LTTE mine served as an LTTE judge.

Vijayakumar Ketheswaran’s friend was Thatchayani, the daughter of Vinayagam of LTTE intelligence. From his house in Thiruvaiaru in Kilinochchi, he visited Vinayagam’s house in Kanahambihai Kulam in Kilinochchi. After the war ended Vinayagam traveled overseas and founded the LTTE headquarters group.

Ketheswaran was arrested in Kilinochchi in 2014.When released on bail, he also supported another terrorist attack in Odusuddan. After he was rearrested in 2018, the LTTE activist turned human rights activist Ambikai contacted Ketheswaran. Ambikai met Ketheswaran privately and asked him to find two girls in Civil Security Department (CSD). CSD employed former LTTE members. Determined to falsely accuse CSD, AmbIkai said to Ketheswaran, “You should get them to give a statement that CSD officers sexually harassed them.” As there were no such cases, Ketheswaran rejected her invitation.

Determined to help the LTTE revival, Ambikai Satkunanathan, is the chain that links most LTTE plots.
Dominic, a Tamil lawyer who had introduced Vijayakumar Ketheswaran to Ambikai Satkunanathan, also introduced him to TNPF, a separatist party led by Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam.
In 2018, Ketheswaran joined TNPF as a candidate of TNPF but lost the election.

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Give us a chance to tell the truth – former LTTEer


9 May, 2021

Forty-four-year-old Naguleswarakumar Subothini of Pooneri, Jaffna, is the mother of two school going daughters.

The oldest is sitting for her Ordinary Level examination and the younger daughter is in grade 8. Both children are keen students and excel at their studies as well as sports.

The same pride the mother has about her school children is reflected in the eyes of the children; their heroine is their mother.

As their mother dons her Sri Lankan Civil Security Department (CSD) uniform every morning, the two youngsters take turns to tie her shoe laces, adjust her hair and place the cap neatly on her head.

They will then straighten her collar, arrange the sleeves and smile proudly at how smart their mother looks.

This uniform is slightly similar to the attire worn by the Sri Lankan military.


One of the most valuable lessons these two children learn from her every day is to inculcate loyalty to Sri Lanka; loyalty to the unity of their motherland – the motherland of all; the Sinhalese, Tamils, Burghers and Muslims.

Although non Tamils are not frequent visitors to the interior of Pooneri where this family lives, Subothini’s husband runs a small restaurant in the nearby Palavarayan Kattu town which is about five kilometres away from their home.

Sometimes, when Sinhalese visitors from the South turn up at the restaurant, they will be hosted without charge, as happened to me during my visit.

Smilingly the restaurant owner will inform the visitor that as they are guests from Colombo that the meal is complimentary.

At Subothini’s house the conversation turns to the concept of patriotism and the importance of national security.

She speaks of some of her official duties as a Civil Security Department (CSD) member.

These include ensuring the social wellbeing of the people. At present she is part of a cultivation project initiated by the government aimed at village sustainability, two kilometres away from where she lives.

Her salary as a member of the CSD is Rs.30,500 per month and helped also by the income from the restaurant, the family prioritises the education of the two children and leads a content life.

She said CSD members are asking for an increase of Rs. 7,000 as the cost of living is high.


Hope is theirs. They work hard on their official Government assigned social projects and approach each day with a strong loyalty to the country.

Yet, 12 years ago the life Subothini currently leads with her family would have seemed an impossible fiction.

She was then courting death each day as a member of the LTTE.

She was among the thousands of young Tamil men and women indoctrinated to terrorism who were brainwashed into believing that the Sinhalese were committing ‘genocide,’ and that every Sinhalese was waiting to kill Tamils.

Although she was married and her first child was born 15 years ago at the height of hostilities between the LTTE and the government military, she was unsure whether she will get through each day alive.

Young men and women such as Subothini who had mostly joined the LTTE terrorists in their teens or early twenties, were made to understand that ‘their country’ that they were ‘fighting to safeguard’ was the fictitious mirage of ‘Tamil Eelam.’

The same mirage segments of the Tamil Diaspora and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) still seem to be dreaming of.


If the calamity of terrorism was not defeated in May 2009, lives of those such as Subothini would have perished in Vellupillai Prabhakaran’s mill of bloodshed and destruction.

Young Lankan Tamil men and women would have continued to believe the lies they were fed by the opportunists of terrorism.

The same lies that sections of the Tamil Diaspora are still telling a gullible world.

In one of the rarest decisions ever taken in the world in connection with the de-radicalisation of terrorism, the gift of forgiveness, normalcy and reconciliation was given to the entire LTTE terrorist fighting force which surrendered to the Sri Lankan military by 2009 May 18.

The Government, instead of prosecuting the terrorists for their countless crimes against humanity, (as Western nations do), created a world record by pardoning every single one of them.

The decision was taken swiftly within days after the annihilation of the LTTE.

Within three years, by 2012, almost all of the surrendered LTTEers were successfully de-radicalised, rehabilitated, re-educated and re-integrated back to their families and society.


Vocational training related knowledge was made available to them and many rehabilitated beneficiaries took up the completion of their school and university education.

The training in vocational skills they received at the rehabilitation camps ranged from driving to carpentry which helped some of them secure jobs.

Those such as Subothini rehabilitated beneficiaries who showed a high level of strength, commitment to peace and loyalty to Sri Lanka were recruited to do the opposite of their past acts.

They were recruited to the CSD to nurture the wellbeing of the country and citizens.

Alongside the pardoning of the entire LTTE terrorist force, this major trust-building challenge adopted by Sri Lanka where over 2,000 de-radicalised former members of an internationally proscribed terrorist organisation were enlisted in good faith to maintain peace and security of the very nation they were once destroying, is yet another indescribable achievement the international community has avoided hailing.

Thus failing to recognise the unparalleled acts of reconciliation and peace building of Sri Lanka, Western nations, without a single similar merit are ironically the self-appointed judges of human rights and reconciliation.

If the international community wants to genuinely learn about war crimes and reconciliation in Sri Lanka, their basic first step should be to talk to those who indulged in terrorism; those who for three decades ravaged the country but who have been granted amnesty by Sri Lanka and who have faithfully respected that gesture by being exemplary loyal citizens.

It is these people who lived through terrorism, bloodshed and suffered from it and not the pro LTTE Tamil Diaspora.

Segments of the Tamil Diaspora who funded terrorism still live in their own opportunistic fantasy, collecting enormous amounts of money in Europe and elsewhere, of which hardly even a pittance is used for the Tamil people of Lanka’s North.

“If they set foot anywhere near our village, they will never dare to show their face again. I know what to tell them. They helped to ruin our lives and have still not stopped,” said Subothini referring to the Tamil Diaspora.

Her usual calm manner of speaking is replaced with harshness and anger.

“You don’t know what we went through because of them. They still sit in comfort abroad and continue attempting to destroy the peace Sri Lanka has achieved today which is a luxury to us.

It is a luxury to our children. All we want is to be law abiding citizens of this nation – of one united nation.

We do not want to go abroad and be aliens to this country. We just want to live here and protect our country,” says Subothini emotionally.

She said, “All what we did in the past, we did then due to a false belief and out of ignorance. All we want now is to ensure no one teaches these.

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Davis was probed by FBI for LTTE links

Terror group funded Congressman’s trip to North in 2005:

Nine members of the US Congress have urged the US Secretary of State to focus on human rights in its diplomatic engagement with Sri Lanka and promote an international accountability process for the country.

Among the Congressmen is the Democratic member for Chicago, Illinois Danny K. Davis who was investigated by the FBI for his links with the LTTE in 2006. In a letter dated March 18, the Congress members called on the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken to seek support from the voting members of the UN Human Rights Council for the passage of the Resolution against Sri Lanka.

The group has written that they were concerned by the government’s failure to honour commitment to truth seeking and reconciliation in the aftermath of the battle against terrorism which ended in 2009.

Welcome resolution

“We are grateful that the US has co-sponsored this Resolution,” they stated in the letter. The Resolution, co-sponsored by Britain and other countries were adopted with 22 member states of the Human Rights Council including the United States voting in favour, 11 against and 14 abstentions, on March 23 in Geneva.

The Congress members said the decision by the Sri Lankan government to withdraw from the Resolution 30/1 in March 2020 was a manifestation of poor political will for ‘domestic accountability’.

A senior diplomat commenting on the contents of the letter said it was unfortunate that the decision to withdraw from the HRC resolution by Sri Lanka government has been given wrong interpretations.

Questionable trip

Notwithstanding the progress shown by the Government and non-endorsement by majority of member states of the actions proposed in the Resolution, the group of Congress Members have opted to put pressure on the US government to call for external mechanisms of accountability.

The Chicago Tribune in 2005 reported that Democratic member Danny K. Davis and an aide visited LTTE held areas in the North (Kilinochchi) in 2005 and the trip was paid for by the LTTE, a group designated as a terrorist organisation by the US Government for its use of ‘suicide bombers and child soldiers’.

According to the paper, the congressman’s seven-day visit came under scrutiny, after the arrest of 11 men who raised funds for the LTTE. The charges against the men were participating in a broad conspiracy to aid the terrorist group through money laundering, arms procurement and bribery of US officials to get the LTTE off the US terror list.

Davis has denied the knowledge of LTTE paying for his trip to Sri Lanka and said the expenses were borne by a Tamil cultural organisation, the Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America in Hickory Hills, Illinois. During the paid trip he visited the LTTE political office and met police chief for the region appointed by the LTTE, P. Nadesan.

At the time the fighting between the separatists and the government forces had renewed after a round of another failed peace negotiations. The LTTE widely used the peace talks as a breather to regroup.

Denies knowledge

According to The Chicago Tribune, ‘Davis said he believed that the trip, from March 30 to April 5, 2005, was paid for by the Tamil Federation.’

More than US$ 7000 each for Davis and his aide, Daniel Cantrell were spent. The newspaper reported that he admitted he knew the group was associated with the Tamil Tigers (LTTE) but did not realise that the costs were covered with funds controlled by the LTTE.

The FBI investigation on the arrest of the 11 men revealed, the funds for the two persons who were taken to Sri Lanka on a paid trip were released at the ‘direction of a top guerilla leader’, the newspaper reported. He had admittedly had close interactions with at least one of the arrested men.

Govt gives reasons

When it announced the decision to withdraw from a ‘highly detrimental Resolution’ co-sponsored by the previous government, the Sri Lanka’s delegation informed the HRC that it was acting on an unprecedented people’s mandate received at the Presidential Election in November 2019 and re-affirmed at the parliamentary elections nine months later.

The Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena appearing before the Council in Geneva in March 2020, amidst a raging Covid-19 pandemic, said that the commitments in the 30/1 went beyond the Constitution of the country, hence were inconsistent with the country’s law and untenable.

The Government tabled before the Council the actions proposed and implemented from 2015 to March 2021 to fulfill obligations in investigating the alleged lapses during the final phase of the battle against terrorism as well as on other fronts including on reparation and reconciliation.

It rejected the findings in the report and argued that actions proposed based on a report full of erroneous conclusions by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is unfair and unethical.

Politics at UNHRC

While 11 member-States of the HRC voted against the Resolution on Sri Lanka, 14 countries including India and Japan abstained, recognising the progress Sri Lanka has made in meeting international obligations to protect human rights in the domestic front.

Japanese member of the delegation, speaking at the HRC vote said, ‘Japan takes note of the action by Sri Lanka such as the establishment of the Commission of Inquiry to investigate the past cases of human rights violations and the payment of reparations amounting to 142 million rupees during 2020.’

‘In order to achieve national reconciliation and improvement of human rights situation it is critical for Sri Lanka to implement its own initiatives,’ he emphasised.

India upholds state responsibility

The delegate representing India said, ‘India believes in the primary responsibility of the States for the promotion and protection of human rights and constructive international dialogue and cooperation.’

All members who voted against the country specific Resolution including China, Russia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Cuba and Philippines jointly echoed solutions to address HR challenges should take into account national context and circumstances and external accountability mechanisms are untenable and the action proposed in the ‘HRC Resolution’ are at complete variance with the purposes and principles of the UN Charter.

The member of the Chinese delegation stressed that the draft resolution ‘disregards the efforts and the achievements by the Sri Lanka government to promote and protect human rights,’ while adding it ignored the wishes of the Sri Lanka people and interferes in Sri Lanka’s internal affairs under the guise of Human Rights. China pointed out that this resolution will disrupt the current ‘excellent situation of Sri Lanka’s development and stability’.

LTTE fronts at play

It has been exposed that the LTTE fronts in the West are using constituency pressure to influence their governments to lobby the HRC, the global human rights body.

In the lead up to the March 2021 HRC resolution against Sri Lanka, British politicians came under pressure from LTTE fronts operating in the guise of community organisations, to initiate action against Sri Lanka.

These organisations that raise funds mainly through methods of extortion, provide both donations and votes to politicians, a concern Sri Lanka has raised many times.

An international observer who wished to remain unnamed said the United States Tamil Political Action Council, a similar LTTE front in the US, is copying the model of Global Tamil Forum (GTF) and British Tamil Forum (BTF) to lobby Parliament members. Some of the voting members of the UNHRC expressed concerns at the March 2021 sessions that the global rights body should be protected from external interference and it becoming a battleground for international politics.

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by Manjula FernandoNews Features4 April, 2021

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Designating terrorists – how can you help?

Sri Lanka defeated a brutal terrorist movement in May 2009. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has reorganized itself overseas and mounting attacks to destabilize Sri Lanka. If you have any information on terrorist operators or supporters, please email us with their details for verification and validation.

If you also have information of any member or supporter of the LTTE masquerading as human rights activists, please inform with their details for verification and validation.

Amendment to the List of Designated Persons under Regulation 4(7) of the United Nations Regulations No. 1 of 2012


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