Several senior Presidential advisors and senior minister shave met the President and requested him to withdraw the impeachment motion against the Chief Justice since it would have a long term political benefit given the pressure that could be put on the government by the international community.
Noting with grave concern that the impeachment proceedings initiated against Her Ladyship the Chief Justice would inevitably lead to an irreparable loss of confidence and public respect of the judicial system as a whole which in turn would further deteriorate the state of governance of the country.
In early November a damning internal United Nations report into the organisation’s actions at the end of the Sri Lankan Civil War was leaked. The document, in uncharacteristically unequivocal terms, stated that the UN had shown “a grave failure” in its mandate to protect the lives of civilians as the conflict trudged towards its appalling climax.
Had the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) been firm on the stand of Eezham Tamils, the USA couldn’t have ended up with the LLRC solution at Geneva, but the TNA blindly backed the US resolution at Geneva.
As the era of international ad hoc tribunals draws to a close, it is becoming clear that those responsible for crimes against humanity and war crimes should be prosecuted by countries where they were committed. The International Criminal Court is increasingly accepted as a last resort, an institution which should exercise its jurisdiction only where states are unwilling or genuinely unable to do so.
The Supreme Court today granted leave to proceed with the fundamental rights petition filed by the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) seeking a declaration against the impeachment of Chief Justice Shirani A. Bandaranayake
"Udayan" Editor was assaulted from the Jaffna university compound and “ Sudar Oli" Administration Director E.Saravanabawan's vehicle was smashed are much condemned was stated by the All Ceylon State and Public Employees Federation Leader S.Loganathan.
With the academic activities of the Jaffna University coming to a grinding halt in protest of police and military atrocities during the past three days, Sri Lanka’s defence authority has increased the military presence around the Jaffna University amid fears that there could be more arrests of University students on false charges of terrorism related activities.
Stepping up their terror campaign against the Jaffna students’ society, Sri Lankan police on Saturday (01) has arrested four Jaffna University Students, including its union leader P. Darshananth and his colleague, in a midnight raid.
This week, a committed New Delhi based civil rights advocate and incidentally a good friend, observed in a dispassionate aside to an otherwise entirely different conversation in that country that ‘this situation that Sri Lankans are facing regarding the political impeachment of the Chief Justice is quite alien for us to grasp here, even in the abstract.
The Speaker's ruling relating to the Supreme Court's notice to the Speaker and the members of the Parliamentary Select Committee does not in any way prohibits the constitutional right of the Court to entertain and to determine the Reference made by the Court of Appeal for a specific question relating to the scope of Article 107 (3) of the Constitution.
Jaffna university students' union Secretary P.Tharshananth aged 24 years was arrested by Kopay police from his residence was the statement made by his mother to "Udayan" newspaper.
UNP National Organizer Daya Gamage said the Executive Committee of the party has assigned him a task to strengthen the party from grass root level in order to defeat the government in future elections.
This budget has hit the root of the proletariat. Not only the wage increase is totally insufficient to balance the heavy price increase but also the terrible rise in goods and services tax has created a near unbearable situation.
On 27 November 2012, human rights defender Mr Sanjeewa Samarasinghe was taken into custody by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and questioned for 13 hours without a reason given or a lawyer present, before being released. Sanjeewa Samarasinghe is a journalist and the chairman of the State Media Workers’ Association, which defends press freedom and the rights of media workers in Sri Lanka.