IIGEP overstepped its limits - Minister Samarasinghe
Minister of Disaster Management and Human Rights Mahinda Samarasinghe
expressing concern over the recent comments by the International
Independent Group of Eminent Persons (IIGEP) said that it was pity to
note that the IIGEP has rushed into conclusions on the Presidential
Commission to Investigate and inquire into Alleged Serious Violations of
Minister Samarasinghe told the Sunday Observer that the IIGEP was
free to make its comments over the functions of the Presidential
But the body has overstepped its limits by saying that the Government
lacks the political will to find the truth behind the spate of killings.
“The Government is doing everything possible to ensure that the human
rights of each citizen of the country is well protected and respected.
Therefore, it is in this backdrop that the Presidential Commission
was set up to inquire and investigate into the serious violation of
As the Minister dealing with the Human rights issues I have been
constantly monitoring the functions of the Commission. The Government is
determined to take action against the perpetrators of human rights
violations. We have been providing all facilities to ensure the free and
fair functions of the Commission.
Therefore, it is absurd to come down hard on the Government by
commenting that it lacks the political will to find the truth behind the
spate of killings,” Minister Samarasinghe said.
He also added that despite the adverse comments by the IIGEP members
last week the Presidential Commission would continue to go ahead with
its functions.” We will not withdraw from our functions and will expose
the IIGEP if it continues to criticise the Government.
The Minister said that the IIGEP which rushed into conclusions did
not even mark its presence since its inception an year ago.
They were present only on three occasions for the whole one year and
it was less than 10%, whereas the functions of the Commission were
Therefore, having rarely made their presence and without interacting
in due manner, rushing into conclusions is highly irresponsible on the
part of the IIGEP.
“Whether the IIGEP continues to function or not, the Presidential
Commission will continue with its process of inquiring and investigating
into the serious violations of human rights with the assistance of the
Government,” Minister Samarasinghe said.