Mano Ganeshan to leave Sri Lanka
[TamilNet, Sunday, 30 December 2007, 14:14 GMT]
Mano Ganeshan, the leader of Western People's Front(WPF) and Colombo district parliamentarian speaking to media said that he has decided to leave Sri lanka due to security reasons. Mr.Ganeshan said that the decision to go abroad was due to the recent withdrawal by Government of Sri Lanka (GOSl) the 10 security personnel and the security back up vehicle provided to him.
The number of guards was reduced to two effective December 18th, paying no heeds to the deaths threats he has been receiving, the MP complained.
The GOSL is clearly attempting to endanger his life by minimizing his security, Ganeshan said. Legal steps taken to restore his previous security have proven to be unsuccessful, he added.
Ganeshan who is also the Civil Mointoring Committee (CMC) convener said that foreign diplomats have advised him to leave the country immediately as the GOSL continues to turn a deaf ear towards the requests of foreign ambassadors to safeguard his life while death threats continue to increase.
MP Ganeshan, who has led a campaign for investigating the disappearances and abductions of persons, earned the government’s strong disapproval after the Civil Monitoring Committee urged the GOSL to allow relatives of missing persons to meet with UN High Commissioner on Human Rights Louise Arbour during her recent visit to the island.
Ganeshan was presented with a human rights award,’Freedom Defender World Wide Award for 2007”, by USA in early December.
Mano Ganeshan previously went overseas after receiving intense death threats following the murder of TNA MP Nadaraja Raviraj.
Amid pressures of the UN, India and the United States to increase the security of MP Ganeshan, GoSL assured to do so and soon after Ganeshan returned to the island and continued with his duties.