During his tenure as the minister in charge of human rights, Mahinda Samarasinghe’s main task has been to protect human rights violators in the police, military and paramilitaries while pretending to the diplomatic community that he is protecting human rights.
His intervention to protect STF men who killed five university students in Trincomalee in January 2006 is the perfect example of Minister Samarasinghe’s double game.
Testifying before the presidential commission investigating the murder, Dr. K. Manoharan, the father of the murdered medical student Rajihar, said Minister Samarasinghe offered a house in Colombo and education in a better school in Colombo for Rajihar’s younger brother if Dr. Manoharan dropped his attempt to seek justice for the killing of his son.
The Commission chaired by Justice Udalagama, another attempt to hoodwink the international community, has been forced to abruptly end its proceedings as President Rajapaksha stopped funding the Commission.
Dr. Manoharan who has lost faith in Sri Lanka government in finding the truth about the murder went into file a charge against the head of state President Rajapaksha in the United States.
Apart from promoting himself to be the next Foreign Minister, Mr Samarasinghe’s track record as the minister in charge of human rights is full of empty words and promises.
The man once again is trying to hoodwink the international community in Geneva as the head of government delegation to UNHRC sessions that begin on 12 September.