Mano Ganesan

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Mano Ganesan
Mano Ganesan at Bring Them Home event.jpg
Leader of the Democratic People's Front
President of the Democratic Workers Congress
Member of the Sri Lanka Parliament
for Colombo District
In office
Personal details
Born (1959-12-17) December 17, 1959 (age 55)
Political party Democratic People's Front
Other political
United National Front
Occupation Trade unionist
Religion Hindu

Mano Ganesan is a Sri Lankan politician and a former member of parliament. He is the current leader of the Democratic People's Front, a political party in Sri Lanka and President of Democratic Workers Congress, a trade union. He is the convener of the Civil Monitoring Commission, a human rights monitoring peoples campaign movement.

Personal life[edit]

He is a son of late V. P. Ganesan, a well-known Tamil trade unionist and a film producer. His brother Praba Ganesan is a member of the Parliament of Sri Lanka[1]

Political career[edit]

He first entered into politics as a provincial council member in the Western Provincial Council (Sri Lanka) representing his party, then known as, political wing of the Democratic Workers Congress . He was first elected to the Parliament in 2001 on a United National Party (UNP) ticket with a political arrangement between himself and the UNP. He was elected to the Parliament again in 2004 representing his party the Democratic Peoples Front (DPF) in through the alliance what is known as the United National Front (UNF). He represented the Colombo District.

Trade unionist[edit]

He is the President of Democratic Workers Congress, a trade union and actively demonstrating the critical issues of upcountry Tamils nationally and internationally.

Human rights activist[edit]

He is the convener of the Civil Monitoring Commission.[2]

US Freedom Defenders Award[edit]

United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice announced in Washington, D.C. on December 10, 2007, the Runner-up for the first annual Freedom Defender’s Award to be Mano Ganesan.

He was in the forefront of those seeking an end to the abductions, disappearances and extrajudicial killings that afflict Sri Lanka and for his commendable demonstration by showing his integrity in combating the climate of impunity for human rights violators.

The first Award went to the NGO Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, chosen out of an impressive group of nominees from across the globe. The Freedom Defenders Award, announced in 2006 in commemoration of International Human Rights Day, goes to a foreign individual or nongovernmental organization that has shown exceptional courage and leadership in the defense of human rights.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Voting for a cause... Nation - September 12, 2010
  2. ^ "2nd Public Meeting of "the Families and Friends of the Disappeared"". blogspot [Civil Monitoring Commission(CMC)]. August 1, 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-11. 
  3. ^ "Mano Ganesan to receive US Freedom Defenders Award". TamilWeek [TW news-features]. December 11, 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-14. 

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