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15 Feb 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Amnesty International India (AII) [advocacy website] said Sunday that a meeting between Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi [official websites] should emphasize justice and the rule of law. Sirisena is traveling to India on Sunday, his first official trip as the newly-elected president, focusing … [read more]

Legal News
29 Jan 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] The newly elected government in Sri Lanka announced Wednesday that it is planning to investigate accusations of human rights abuses during the closing stages of the 26-year civil war, after former president Mahinda Rajapaksa [BBC profile] refused to cooperate with UN investigators about claims of atrocities committed by the … [read more]

Legal News
28 Jan 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The Sri Lankan government on Wednesday said that its new president has reinstated former chief justice Shirani Bandaranayake [JURIST news archive], calling the impeachment a procedural error. Both her removal and the installation of her successor, according to the office of President Maithripala Sirisena [official website], are now "null … [read more]

Legal News
9 Jan 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Sri Lanka's new government must prioritize human rights [press release], Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] said Friday. AI issued its press release in the midst of a change in leadership in the Sri Lankan administration. AI is concerned that the outgoing Sri Lankan administration, led by President Mahinda Rajapaksa … [read more]

Legal News
12 Nov 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Sri Lanka [official website] ruled [press release] Tuesday that President Mahinda Rajapaksa [official website] can stand for a third six-year term and declared snap presidential polls four years into his term in office. The Supreme Court ruled that there were no constitutional or legal barriers … [read more]

Legal News
17 Mar 2014
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] Sri Lankan authorities on Sunday arrested human rights activists Ruki Fernando, advisor to the Human Rights Documentation Center, and Catholic priest Father Praveen of the Centre for Peace Building and Reconciliation [advocacy website] for alleged violations of anti-terror laws. Reports indicate authorities arrested the activists for assisting the families … [read more]

Legal News
25 Feb 2014
by Stephen Adelgren

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website] on Monday called for an international investigation [report, DOC] into possible war crimes committed by both sides during the 25-year Sri Lankan civil war that ended in May 2009. Citing an alleged failure of domestic authorities to properly investigate … [read more]

Legal News
16 Feb 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The UN human rights chief on Sunday called for an international probe into alleged war crimes that occurred during the last phase of the 26-year Sri Lankan Civil War [CFR backgrounder; JURIST news archive] that ended in 2009. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] asked … [read more]

Legal News
16 Nov 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] UK Prime Minister David Cameron [official website] demanded [statement] that the Sri Lankan government conduct its own investigation into allegations of war crimes committed during the 26-year civil war [JURIST news archive] with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) [CFR backgrounder]. Cameron emphasized the need for reconciliation and … [read more]

Legal News
17 Sep 2013
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Sri Lanka prosecutors on Monday brought criminal corruption charges against former chief justice Shirani Bandaranayake [JURIST news archive]. The nation's anti-graft commission accused Bandaranayake of allegedly failing to disclose empty bank accounts during a required declaration of assets while she was in office. If found guilty, in accordance with … [read more]

Legal News
26 Aug 2013
by Max Slater

[JURIST] At the beginning of a week-long visit to Sri Lanka, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website; JURIST news archive] pledged to raise concerns with the government's human rights record, particularly with regard to alleged war crimes against ethnic Tamils. Sri Lanka's government fought a brutal … [read more]

Legal News
20 May 2013
by Lauren Laing

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said [press release] Monday that no progress has been made in Sri Lanka regarding respect for basic rights and liberties in the four years since the end of the country's brutal 26-year civil war [JURIST backgrounder]. According to HRW, the government of Sri … [read more]

Legal News
13 Feb 2013
by Keith Herting

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] unveiled a report [text, PDF] Wednesday criticizing Sri Lanka for failing to investigate widespread reports of killings and other atrocities during the latter days of the nation's 26-year civil war it fought with the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil … [read more]

Legal News
22 Jan 2013
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] The Sri Lankan Parliament [official website] on Tuesday voted 110-33 [press release] in favor of legislation extending the detention time for suspects arrested by police from 24 to 48 hours. Under the newly-amended law, titled, "Code of Criminal Procedure (Special Provisions) Bill," police may detain and question a person … [read more]

Legal News
18 Jan 2013
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] A spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] expressed concern [press release] on Friday over the impeachment and removal of Sri Lanka's Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake [JURIST news archive]. In a statement, the official criticized the actions of the lawmakers against Bandaranayake, calling … [read more]

Legal News
15 Jan 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa [official profile] on Tuesday swore in Mohan Peiris, a retired attorney general and trusted aide to the Cabinet, to replace former chief justice Shirani Bandaranayake [official profile], who was removed from office [JURIST report] Sunday. Rajapaksa dismissed Bandaranayake after parliament voted to impeach her … [read more]

Legal News
13 Jan 2013
by Jaimie Cremeans

[JURIST] Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Sunday signed an order to remove Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake [official profile] from office for alleged corruption and bribery. The president's action comes just two days after the Sri Lankan Parliament [official website] voted [JURIST report] with an overwhelming majority to impeach the … [read more]

Legal News
11 Jan 2013
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The Sri Lankan Parliament [official website] voted in an overwhelming majority on Friday to impeach Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake [official profile] and drafted an official motion [materials] imploring the president to remove her from office. According to the motion, the Chief Justice's actions have "plunged the entire Supreme Court … [read more]

Legal News
19 Dec 2012
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] Sri Lankan Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake on Wednesday appealed the findings of a parliamentary committee which concluded she was guilty [JURIST report] of three charges of misconduct. Bandaranayake claims she was not given an adequate opportunity to defend herself [Colombo Page report] against the charges. She is asking the … [read more]

Legal News
4 Dec 2012
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] More than 300 of Sri Lanka's judges met in the capital Colombo on Monday to demand an impartial inquiry into charges against the nation's Supreme Court [official website] chief justice. The judges issued a statement [Reuters report] in which they rejected an 11-member committee appointed by Parliament Speaker Chamal … [read more]

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