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“Govt. pushing us towards an alternative state”

— 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 privileged community.

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and members of the international community and United Nations in Sri Lanka, claimed that his security was withdrawn under the instructions of the Defence Ministry.

“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Ganesan’s security was reduced from 10 to two on December 18 and his back-up vehicle was also withdrawn for unknown reasons.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 his life.

“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.

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