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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2730

Mano Ganesan appeals to international community for intervention in his security concern

Colombo, 22 December, (Asiantribune.com): Mano Ganesan, Leader of the Western People’s Front and Member of Sri Lanka Parliament, in a letter to all Heads of Diplomatic Missions in Colombo, has pointed out “It is sad that we have reached a stage where defense of Human Rights defenders has become an issue under this regime (Sri Lanka Government), let alone defending the human rights of the common Tamil civilians,” he added.

Mano Ganesan has appealed to the Heads diplomatic mission “Under these circumstances, I request for your government’s momentous intervention in this issue.”

In his letter to heads diplomatic missions, Mano Ganesan wrote “This government fails to understand the differences between a state and a non-state entity as it fails to understand the differences between a state and a government. Is this government pushing us towards an alternative state by restricting state protections and privileges only to governments’ partners and people of a privileged community? “

Given below the full text of the letter written by Mano Ganesan MP to the Heads Diplomatic missions in Colombo, Sri Lanka:

Friday 20th December, 2007

Excellency High Commissioners and Ambassadors in Sri Lanka

Your Excellencies

Withdrawal of my personal security personnel and equipments

MSD Personnel security personnel who protected me have been withdrawn since the late evening on 18th December. I am now left with two constables.

I am given to understand that under the instructions of MoD the IGP has started withdrawing number of security personnel from the security units of various parliamentarians.

I am a Human Rights defender and a Parliamentarian. MSD Police intelligence division has repeatedly told me on increased level of threats to my life. Based on this I have had requested for the enhancement of my security. But regrettably my security which I believe should have been enhanced has been slashed down abruptly.

My involvement in the human rights campaign as the convener of Civil Monitoring Commission has put me under severe threats to life and intimidations. I have been provided the additional security aftermath of the killing of co-founder of Civil Monitoring Commission parliamentarian Nadaraja Raviraj almost a year ago in Colombo’s high security zone.

This government believes that they can restrict my movements and thereby cripple our human rights campaign of Civil Monitoring Commission. They fail to understand that this will give us more conviction and determination.

We may not be part of the government but definitely part of the state. This government fails to understand that we as part of Lankan state as an entity. It appears that government considers that privileges for protection by the state are only for the members of 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.

This government fails to understand the differences between a state and a non-state entity as it fails to understand the differences between a state and a government. Is this government pushing us towards an alternative state by restricting state protections and privileges only to governments’ partners and people of a privileged community?

It is sad that we have reached a stage where defense of Human Rights defenders has become an issue under this regime, let alone defending the human rights of the common Tamil civilians.

Your government has repeatedly expressed the view that it considers human rights as the most core issue in the Sri Lankan scene. Therefore isn’t the ‘defense of Human Rights defenders’ a challenge to your government as it is to Sri Lankan Human Rights defenders?

Under these circumstances, I request for your government’s momentous intervention in this issue.

Thanking you,

Yours truly,

Mano Ganesan MP,
Member of Parliament for Colombo District,
Leader of Western People’s Front,
President of Democratic Worker’s Congress,
Convener of Civil Monitoring Commission.

- Asian Tribune –

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