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Sri Lanka: UNP and TNA to appoint representatives to Colombo based Civil Monitoring Committee

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Colombo, 20 February, (Asiantribune.com): The United National Party leader Ranil Wickramasigha agreed to nominate his party’s representative to the Civil Monitoring Committee, which was formed by the human rights defenders and legislators.Mano Ganesan: “We will forward a detailed report to the Human Rights Commission and ask them to mediate to end human rights violations, abductions, illegal arrests and political killings in all parts of the country.”Mano Ganesan: “We will forward a detailed report to the Human Rights Commission and ask them to mediate to end human rights violations, abductions, illegal arrests and political killings in all parts of the country.”

Parliamentarian and leader of the Western People’s Front Mano Ganesan told the media that R. Sambandan, leader of the Tamil National Alliance, a proxy political party of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, has also shown his interest to appoint his representative for this committee.

Facing an interview, Mano Ganesan said the committee hopes to forward human rights violation report together with a petition to the UN Human Rights Commission based in Geneva.

“We will forward a detailed report to the Human Rights Commission and ask them to mediate to end human rights violations, abductions, illegal arrests and political killings in all parts of the country,” Mano Ganesan said.

He added, “We are against, all human rights violations, killings and abductions made by the LTTE, the Karuna group, government or other armed groups.”

He said at present the Civil Monitoring Committee receives on a regular basis complaints on abductions, human rights violations and also regarding extrajudicial killings.

“We never opposed the President of Sri Lanka, but only oppose the state, which does not have a clean human rights history,” he explained.

Mano Ganesan said that he is also a victim of death threats and still threats continue.

Speaking to media, he said the Civil Monitoring Committee assists human rights victims to lodge complaints, face inquiries and build a peaceful environment in Sri Lanka.

He said if the government wants to arrest a person who is linked with a subversive movement, there are legal procedures to follow. However most of arrests were made by adopting illegal procedures, he said.

He also explained his position as the leader of the Western People’s Front and said his party is not a Tamil party originated from the North.

I have always opposed terrorist activities, violation of human rights, killings, illegal arrests and abductions, Mano Ganesan said. He said a number of businessmen in Colombo and in the suburbs faced death threats from armed groups who ask money to spare them.

Colombo businessmen need protection net from these armed goons, he proposed.

However the government recently denied abductions and killings of people by the security forces or the government sponsored armed groups.

But a number of International agencies including diplomatic sources have taken very seriously the illegal abductions and rampant human rights violations, Mano Ganesan said.

However the International Independent Group of Eminent Persons (IIGEP) observing the work of Sri Lanka's own national Commission of Inquiry to investigate human rights violations has begun its work.

Keheliya Rambukwella, the Minister of Foreign Employment Promotion and the government's defense spokesman, said that IIGEP started its work on 11 February.

The panel was made up of leading human rights experts from India, Britain, European Union, Australia and Netherlands headed by Justice P.N Bhagwati, a former chief justice of India.

"They will be looking at three cases to start with," Rambukwella said.

The first will be the August 2005 assassination of the former foreign minister Lakshman Kadirgamar, who was believed to have been assassinated by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

The other two cases include the August 2006 murder of 17 aid workers in the eastern Muslim town of Muttur and the massacre of 11 Muslims in the eastern town of Pottuvil.

Sri Lankan President appointed the national Commission of Inquiry to investigate human rights violations committed in the country since Aug. 1, 2005.

- Asian Tribune -

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