WASHINGTON, Nov. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Mr. Sisira Mendis, Director of Sri Lanka's Centre for National Intelligence in the Ministry of Defense, is currently in Geneva as part of a delegation purporting to defend the government of Sri Lanka's record of adherence to the Convention Against Torture before the UN Committee Against Torture. According to the report of the UN's OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka, Mr. Mendis had command responsibility over police units known to routinely practice torture during the final period of the Sri Lankan civil war. "While USTPAC and BTF are encouraged by the government of Sri Lanka's decision to engage the UN Committee Against Torture, we are dismayed that the government has nominated Mr. Mendis to represent it before the very UN Committee charged with ensuring governments prevent and punish torture," Dr. Karunyan Arulanantham, President of US Tamil Political Action Council (USTPAC), said. "His attendance in Geneva deeply disrespects Sri Lanka's torture victims and mocks the esteemed work of the Committee Against Torture and the human rights machinery of the UN." Mr. Mendis served as Deputy Inspector General of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and was also responsible for the Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) from March 2008 to June 2009. Both organizations are known for their routine use of torture.