Information on the Eelam People's Democratic Party (EPDP) and extortion in Colombo [LKA20887.E]

For information on the Eelam People's Democratic Party (EPDP) and their activities, including allegations of extortions and kidnapping by their members, please refer to Responses to Information Requests LKA9289.E of 16 October 1991, LKA12505.E of 7 December 1992, LKA12480.E of 8 December 1992 and LKA13739.E of 4 April 1993 as well as to the attachments.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.


Amnesty International. February 1994. Sri Lanka: Summary of Human Rights Concerns. (AI Index: ASA 37/09/94). London: Amnesty International, pp. 2-3.

Asian Survey [Berkeley, Calif]. December 1994. Vol. 34, No. 12. S.W.R. de A. Samarasinghe. "The 1994 Parliamentary Elections in Sri Lanka," p. 1020.

The Europa World Year Book 1994. 1994. Vol. 2. London: Europa Publications, p. 2753.

Law and Society Trust Review [Colombo]. 1 and 16 September 1994 (joint issue). Vol. 5, No. 82. "The 1994 Parliamentary Elections," p. 20.

Matthews, Bruce. 19 January 1995. Appendixes 1 to 3 of an address to the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) branch office in Toronto, pp. 2-3 (Appendix 1), 1 (Appendix 2), and 4 (Appendix 3).

Refuge [Toronto]. June 1993. Vol. 13, No. 3. Kenneth D. Bush. "Reading Between the Lines: Intra-Group Heterogeneity and Conflict in Sri Lanka," p.p. 15-22.

Sri Lanka Information Monitor (INFORM). November 1994. Situation Report. Colombo: INFORM, p. 10.

_____. August 1994. Situation Report. Colombo: INFORM, pp. 6, Annexes 3 and 4.

The Sri Lanka Monitor [London]. March 1993. No. 62. "Ransom Demand," p. 2.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). November 1994. Background Paper on Sri Lankan Refugees and Asylum-Seekers. Geneva: UNHCR, p. 25.

U.S. Committee for Refugees (USCR). January 1994. "People Want Peace"; Repatriation and Reintegration in War-Torn Sri Lanka. Washington, DC: USCR, pp. 16-17.