May 20, 2013
by Lauren Laing
Human Rights Watch (HRW) said 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. According to HRW, the government of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has failed to ...[read more]
January 15, 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Tuesday swore in Mohan Peiris, a retired attorney general and trusted aide to the Cabinet, to replace former chief justice Shirani Bandaranayake, who was removed from office Sunday. Rajapaksa dismissed Bandaranayake after parliament voted to impeach her ...[read more]
January 13, 2013
by Jaimie Cremeans
Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Sunday signed an order to remove Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake from office for alleged corruption and bribery. The president's action comes just two days after the Sri Lankan Parliament voted with an overwhelming majority to impeach the chief justice ...[read more]
May 21, 2012
by Jaclyn Belczyk
Former Sri Lankan army chief Sarath Fonseka was freed from prison Monday after being pardoned by President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Fonseka, who is credited with bringing an end to the 26-year civil war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), was arrested shortly after his defeat in the ...[read more]
April 12, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On April 12, 2011, the UN announced the completion of a report investigating allegations of war crimes in Sri Lanka. However, the report was not released until Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa had an opportunity to review it. The Sri Lankan Ministry of External Affairs reported they were not ...[read more]
March 2, 2012
by Michael Haggerson
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia ruled on Wednesday that Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is immune from suit under the Torture Victim Protection Act of 1991 (TVPA) while he is in office. Rajapaksa is accused of human rights violations in connection with the ...[read more]
November 21, 2011
by Jennie Ryan
Sri Lanka's Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) on Sunday delivered its final report on alleged abuses committed during the country's civil war to President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The LLRC is a government appointed commission that has been investigating war crimes and crimes against ...[read more]
October 25, 2011
by Jamie Reese
Australian Attorney-General Robert McClelland refused Tuesday to allow a war crimes case against Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa. McClelland's announcement was in response to charges filed by an Australian citizen claiming that during the 2009 Sri Lankan civil war, civilian targets were ...[read more]
October 24, 2011
by Jerry Votava
An Australian citizen has filed two counts of war crimes charges against Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa for abuses that he allegedly witnessed in 2007 and 2008 as the Sri Lankan civil war drew to a close. Jegen Warran claims to have witnessed intentional attacks by Sri Lankan military ...[read more]
April 13, 2011
by Julia Zebley
The UN announced on Tuesday the completion of a report on allegations of war crimes in Sri Lanka, but Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the report would not be released until President Mahinda Rajapaksa has time to review it. This has prompted criticism from Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty ...[read more]

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