Mahinda Samarasinghe on Hard Talk

Minister of Disaster Management and Human Rights was on BBC’s Hard Talk program recently.  His interview is now available on BBCworldnews youtube channel

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3 responses to “Mahinda Samarasinghe on Hard Talk

  1. He is largely lying despite Steven’s good job at asking pointed questions. I think Steven could have been better but for a foreign journo he has done quite a bit of research.

    Let me point for example one ocassion where he lies. According to HRW the screening takes place mainly at Killinochchi where the ICRC or the UNHCR do not have access. They do have access at Omanthai by which most of the screening is over.

    His rhetorical question: how do we distiguish between the civilians and the terrorists and actually know that those who have died are civilians and not terrorists. So according to the minister all those who have died and HRW tells us that 2000 odd have died so far have to be terrorists.

    I am not expecting the minister to confess to all that is happening. I actually think that he pulled off a good job for the Govt. Very smartly done. The constant reference to the interviewer by his first name etc is an indication as to how good he is at this type of thing. This is one area hat the Govt was earlier week but the Samarasinghe-Jayatilleke-Wijesinghe have done really well for their master. Of course the govt in its own interest might want to keep Gota away from the videos. He gives away the truth out quite indiscreetly.

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  3. On the other hand, the GoSL is more interested in half baked “action plans” over meaningful action with regards to human rights. Do we really need more action plans? Surely we know what the problems are? See http://www.groundviews.org/2009/03/08/the-farcical-national-action-plan-for-the-promotion-and-protection-of-human-rights-in-sri-lanka/

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