Monthly Archives: November 2012


Moon on UN’s failure to meet its responsibilities in Sri Lanka

New York, 14 November 2012 :
Statement of the Secretary-General on Internal Review Panel Report on Sri Lanka
The conduct of the final months of the war in Sri Lanka in 2009 generated profound concerns
about alleged violations of international human rights and humanitarian law. In 2010, following an agreement with President Mahinda Rajapaksa, I established a Panel of […]

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By | Published on November 15, 2012 at 2:10 am

Give Full Force and Effect to the Separation of Powers & Unity in Diversity

Chathurika Rajapaksha participated in the French-Sri Lankan Diaspora Youth Workshop “Post-War Reconciliation Dialogue for a Sustainable Peace”, which took place in Paris, on October 27th, 2012, as a panelist on the theme “The role of the Diaspora youth in Sri Lanka’s peace building process”.
The event was organized by What’s Next!, an independent forum comprising of […]

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By Chathurika Rajapaksha | Published on November 15, 2012 at 1:12 am

Dayan speaks at French National Centre for Scientific Research

Ambassador Dayan Jayatilleka participated as a panellist at a conference entitled “ Sri Lanka & South Asia : New challenges for a regional policy” organized on November 7th, 2012, at the CNRS, the prestigious French National Centre for Scientific Research. The conference gathered intellectuals and scholars from various fields. The event was organized in partnership […]

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By | Published on November 14, 2012 at 10:34 pm

‘Trial of the Chief Justice’ by a Kangaroo Court

Parliamentary Select Committee
A senior government source is reported to have stated on November 8, 2012 that “The PSC will
work out the modalities for the sittings. It will only allow a single counsel to accompany the Chief Justice and would allow witnesses or documents to be called only with the consent of a majority of members,” and also that “the […]

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By Elmore Perera, Attorney-at-Law | Published on November 14, 2012 at 9:43 pm

Sri Lanka: Shameful Stifling Of Freedom Of Expression

Tuesday, 11 November 2012: It is heartening to witness an element of angry vigor emanating from Sri Lanka’s legal profession against the pending impeachment of the country’s
Chief Justice. The resolutions issued by the general membership of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka yesterday expressing concern over the impeachment and the indignation displayed by provincial Bar Associations […]

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By Asian Human Rights Commission | Published on November 14, 2012 at 9:26 am

Rajapaksa regime must learn from Pakistan’s struggle for democracy

Impeachment
The government’s plan to impeach Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake appears to be running
into unforeseen problems. The indications are now that the government’s charge sheet against the Chief Justice is not as watertight as the proponents of the impeachment motion had believed. In addition, opposition to the impeachment has come from an unexpected quarter. The four […]

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By Dr. Jehan Perera | Published on November 14, 2012 at 9:12 am

Impeachment mark of Rajapaksa hubris

“You’d wear out a marionette of steel if you pulled the string and jerked it all day long”
Diderot (Rameau’s Nephew)
The impeachment of the Chief Justice is neither the beginning nor the end of the Rajapaksa-rush towards absolutism. But it does constitute a watershed moment in that journey, perhaps its final really-existing breaking-point.
Boomerang
Whether the impeachment boomerangs […]

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By Tisaranee Gunasekara | Published on November 14, 2012 at 8:50 am

Impeachment proceedings against Chief Justice Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake

PRESS RELEASE: 13 November 2012, Colombo, Sri Lanka:The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) expresses grave concern over the initiation of impeachment proceedings
against Chief Justice Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake. A number of reports in the press reveal that several charges against her have now been placed before Parliament in the form of a Resolution presented to the […]

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By Centre for Policy Alternatives | Published on November 14, 2012 at 8:36 am

Paris Newspaper says two arrested in killing of former Tiger leader

Two men were arrested and placed in custody since Sunday, in the investigation of the murder of one of the leaders in Paris of the former rebel separatist Tamil Tigers, sources close to the investigation said on Monday. Both suspects were arrested and placed in custody at the Criminal Brigade of the Judicial Police of Paris […]

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By | Published on November 14, 2012 at 8:26 am

UN fails again and again on Sri Lanka

UNITED NATIONS, November 13, 2012: While the UN has tried to sweep under the carpet its inaction and worse during the killing of tens of thousands of civilians in Sri Lanka in 2009, the thread they couldn’t make go away was the report on the UN’s own performance.
They tried to make it go away
They tried: after […]

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By Matthew Russell Lee | Published on November 14, 2012 at 8:16 am


Statements

Ban Ki Moon with Mahinda Rajapakse

Moon on UN’s failure to meet its responsibilities in Sri Lanka

New York, 14 November 2012 : Statement of the Secretary-General on Internal Review Panel Report on Sri Lanka The conduct of the final months of the war in ...

Opinion

Give Full Force and Effect to the Separation of Powers & Unity in Diversity

Chathurika Rajapaksha participated in the French-Sri Lankan Diaspora Youth Workshop “Post-War Reconciliation Dialogue for a Sustainable Peace”, which took place in Paris, on October 27th, ...

News

dayan at science centre

Dayan speaks at French National Centre for Scientific Research

From left to right: Prof. Eric Meyer,H.E. Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka, and Dr. Max -Jean Zins Ambassador Dayan Jayatilleka participated as a panellist at a conference entitled ...

Issues

Former chief justice Sarath N Silva

‘Trial of the Chief Justice’ by a Kangaroo Court

Parliamentary Select Committee A senior government source is reported to have stated on November 8, 2012 that “The PSC will Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake work out the modalities for ...

Issues

Mahinda Rajapakse

Sri Lanka: Shameful Stifling Of Freedom Of Expression

Tuesday, 11 November 2012: It is heartening to witness an element of angry vigor emanating from Sri Lanka’s legal profession against the pending impeachment of the ...

Opinion

President Rajapakse provides water to Wimal Weerawansa who was on a death fast in front of the UN headquarters in 2010 (File photo)

Rajapaksa regime must learn from Pakistan’s struggle for democracy

Impeachment The government’s plan to impeach Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake appears to be running Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake into unforeseen problems. The indications are now that the government’s ...

Issues

Mahinda Rajapakse

Impeachment mark of Rajapaksa hubris

“You’d wear out a marionette of steel if you pulled the string and jerked it all day long” Diderot (Rameau’s Nephew) The impeachment of the Chief Justice ...

Statements

Chief Justice Bandaranayake (L) President Rajapakse and the Chief Justice's husband

Impeachment proceedings against Chief Justice Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake

PRESS RELEASE: 13 November 2012, Colombo, Sri Lanka:The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) expresses grave concern over the initiation of impeachment proceedings Chief Justice Bandaranayake (L) ...

News

french police

Paris Newspaper says two arrested in killing of former Tiger leader

Two men were arrested and placed in custody since Sunday, in the investigation of the murder of one of the leaders in Paris of the ...

Opinion

UN fails again and again on Sri Lanka

UNITED NATIONS, November 13, 2012: While the UN has tried to sweep under the carpet its inaction and worse during the killing of tens of thousands ...