Minister of Disaster Management and Human Rights Mahinda Samarasinghe of Sri Lanka

Nimalka Fernando said she and three other members of the advisory committee set up by the Human Rights Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe had resigned because the authorities failed to take action to improve the island's rights record.
During discussions with officials, Nowak said that the use of torture was not systematic in Sri Lanka, Samarasinghe said in a statement.
Samarasinghe was government chief whip and opposition chief whip.
Tue, Apr 22 09:05 PMColombo, April 22 (ANI): Sri Lanka's Human Rights Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said on Tuesday that President Mahinda Rajapakse-led government is committed to completing the work of the Presidential commission of inquiry into rights abuses.
Disaster Management and Human Rights Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe says the government will establish a series of Tsunami warning towers throughout the country from next month.
The ambassadors (US ambassador Robert Blake and Italian envoy Prio Mariani) are slightly hurt," Samarasinghe said by telephone.
Samarasinghe was taking the Colombo-based ambassadors to Batticaloa where security forces last month captured a key stronghold of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE.
2008-10-08 15:53:25 THE CONSULTATIVE Committee on Humanitarian Assistance Chairman and Disaster Management and Human Rights Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said yesterday addressing the UNHCR’s 49th Executive Committee session in Geneva, the Government has committed itself to sending a convoy of trucks into uncleared areas of the Wanni every week, until a target of 5,000 metric tonnes of supplies which represents roughly two to three months buffer stocks is met.
Samarasinghe was a permanent member of the United Nations in Geneva.
humanitarian assistance and relief to civilians in the North.
Mahinda Samarasinghe has agreed to provide ten million rupees for a Drinking Water Project as a response to a special request made by Hon.
Mahinda Samarasinghe met the Minister of Public Administration and Disaster Management Mr.
Samarasinghe has referred to only Article 82 of the Constitution.
procedure adopted in enacting the 1972 Costitution.
Samarasinghe has been missing since the results of the election were announced, said a Sirikotha source today.
During the UNP Government of 2002/3 Samarasinghe was the Minister for Labour and Employment.
The UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva did not go through the resolution that would have been critical of Sri Lanka,” Samarasinghe said in response to a question whether the international community and its bodies like the UN are moving toward declaring Sri Lanka a failed state.
Reiterating the Government's willingness to have a continuous dialogue with the United Nations Human Rights Commission, Minister of Disaster Management and Human Rights Mahinda Samarasinghe said that the transparency and openers of the government would reflect on the visit of UN Commissioner of the Human Rights Louise Arbour.
Minister Samarasinghe said that the discussions with Arbour were purely centred on capacity building of national institutions, and technical cooperation and not the UN presence in Sri Lanka for monitoring purposes or setting up an UN office in Sri Lanka.
Minister Samarasinghe said that the Government was ready to implement programs to improve capacity building in state institutions dealing with human rights but would be done within a certain framework as the country was an independent nation.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa today.
Minister of Disaster Management and Human Rights, Mahinda Samarasinghe will lead the Sri Lanka delegation to Geneva, Switzerland to participate at an interactive session with the Human Rights Council at the Universal Periodic Review scheduled to hold in May 13, weeks after the conclusion of the seventh session of the Council.
Addressing the media in Colombo yesterday (03) Minister Samarasinghe said that the aims and objectives of the Universal Periodic Review include the improvement of the human rights obligations and commitments and assessment of positive developments and challenges faced by the country.
The Consultative Committee on Humanitarian Assistance which is held fortnightly under the chairmanship of Minister Samarasinghe is represented by Mr.
Minister of Disasater Management and Human Rights Mahinda Samarasinghe was received by UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon as the Minister called on him at the UN Headquarters in New York today.
Mahinda Samarasinghe is the minister of disaster management and human rights of Sri Lanka since 2006.
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Minister Samarasinghe said that he was also the Chairman of the Select Committee of Parliament on Disaster Management while holding the Post of Chief Opposition Whip.
Disaster Management and Human Rights Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe has challenged the European Union (EU) and Switzerland to talk on human rights violations committed by LTTE rather than blame the Sri Lankan Government.
troops last month captured a key Tamil Tiger stronghold.
A journalist asked whether Minister Samarasinghe had taken a report of his findings to Geneva, Tillekeratna seemed unaware.
Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe was the man chosen to carry the President's secret message to Oslo.
In Oslo, Samarasinghe was expected to meet Norway's Minister for International Development Erik Solheim, Special Peace Envoy, John Hanssen-Bauer and Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store.
Samarasinghe was to reach Norway after making representations to the UN Human Rights Council, which was in session in Geneva from September 10.
Human Rights Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said that a person named Sivanandan Vivekanandan has been recognized as the culprit in the assassination of two Red Cross workers who were kidnapped, murdered and their bodies dumped in an outstation in June.
Reading from a letter he had received from the police chief of the island, Samarasinghe said the letter did not contain information on whether the suspect belonged to a Tamil militant group or not and he could not tell his political affiliations.
Samarasinghe said President Mahinda Rajapaksa was very keen in tracing the culprits of the murders, and he congratulated the police for finding out a lead which could ultimately lead to the arrest of the individual.
Human rights activists accused the government of "stage-managing" Arbour's visit, but Samarasinghe said they did not want her to travel to the Tigers' political capital out of concern for her own safety.