|“Govt. pushing us towards an
— Mano tells world
Colombo District Parliamentarian Mano Ganesan, in a
hard-hitting letter addressed to the members of the
international community, warned that the President Mahinda
Rajapaksa-led government was pushing him and others towards an
alternative state by restricting state protections and
privileges only to partners of the government and people of a
Ganesan in his letter, sent out on Friday to high commissioners,
ambassadors, representatives and members of the international
community and United Nations in Sri Lanka, claimed that his
security was withdrawn under the instructions of the Defence
“We may not be part of the government but we are definitely part
of the state. This government does not understand and recognise
us as part of the Lankan state anda legitimate entity. It
appears that the government considers that privileges for lawful
protection by the state are only for the members of the
government. This wrong consideration extends from the issues of
protection of human rights of the common Tamil masses to the
personal security of the human rights defenders and Tamil
parliamentarians like me,” said Ganesan, who is also the
convener of the Civil Monitoring Commission.
“Your government and organisation have repeatedly expressed the
view that it considers human rights as the most core issue in
the Sri Lankan scene. Therefore isn’t the ‘Defence of Human
Rights Defenders’ a challenge to you as it is to Sri Lankan
human rights defenders?” he queried from the international
community in his letter.
Ganesan’s security was reduced from 10 to two on December 18 and
his back-up vehicle was also withdrawn for unknown reasons.
In his letter he noted that the Police Intelligence Division had
repeatedly informed him about the increased level of threats to
“Based on this, I have requested an enhancement of my security.
My involvement in the human rights campaign as the convener of
Civil Monitoring Commission has put me under severe threat and
intimidation. Those who are hurt and exposed by our campaign are
out there to punish me. This is very obvious,” Ganesan added.