Monthly Archives: January 2013


The road to Nandikadal lies through the jungles of abuse and impunity

“Find out what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them….”Fredrick Douglass (Speech on 3.8.1857 – The Fredrick Douglass Papers)
The real ‘Hulftsdorf Coup’, plotted and unleashed by the Rajapaksa Brothers, is nearing its appointed end.
Parliament will debate
The parliament […]

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By Tisaranee Gunasekara | Published on January 10, 2013 at 3:46 am

Rizana Nafeek a domestic worker executed in Saudi Arabia short while ago

UPDATE:On January 9, 2013, the Saudi Ministry of Interior announced the execution of
Rizana Nafeek, a Sri Lankan domestic worker convicted of killing a baby in her care in 2005 when she was 17 years old.
Human Rights Watch strongly condemns the execution.
“Saudi Arabia is one of just three countries that executes people for crimes they committed […]

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By Human Rights Watch | Published on January 10, 2013 at 12:41 am

The curse of January: Darkest hour for democracy as Parliament violates the law and debates impeachment tomorrow

10th JANUARY marks the Darkest Hour of Democracy
Ignoring the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal judgments, Parliament will debate the
Impeachment against the Chief Justice tomorrow – Thursday 10th January.
The Executive and Parliament have jointly decided to proceed with the impeachment, notwithstanding the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal determination holding it to be unconstitutional. The […]

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By Lawyers Collective | Published on January 10, 2013 at 12:22 am

Rape of the Constitution – Murder of the Supreme Court

A Supreme Court that has, in Judge Weeramantry’s estimation, been “a great pride to the country and has been highly esteemed both Domestically and Internationally” is faced with the threatened ignominy of sudden extinction.
The character of “Braveheart” who dared to retrieve the irretrievable, if not fatal damage caused
to the esteem of the Supreme Court, has […]

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By Elmore Perera, Attorney-at-Law | Published on January 10, 2013 at 12:16 am

Sri Lanka lawyers on strike over impeachment

The Bar Association of Sri Lanka strongly, unequivocally and with no reservations whatsoever condemns the decision to take up for debate the impeachment motion against her Ladyship the Chief Justice Dr. Shirani A. Bandaranayake based on the findings of the Parliamentary Select Committee which was quashed by the Court of Appeal and determined to be […]

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By Bar Association of Sri Lanka | Published on January 10, 2013 at 12:07 am

BASL urges the President and his cohorts to honour the Judiciary

BASL Statement (8th January 2013)
The Bar Association of Sri Lanka strongly, unequivocally and with no reservations whatsoever condemns the decision to take up for debate the impeachment motion against her Ladyship the Chief Justice Dr. Shirani A.  Bandaranayake based on the findings of the Parliamentary Select Committee which was quashed by the Court of Appeal  and determined to be […]

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By Bar Association of Sri Lanka | Published on January 10, 2013 at 12:01 am

Respect the decision of the Supreme Court or face lawlessness says JSA

Statement issued by the Judicial Service Association of Sri Lanka.
The Supreme Court of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka exercising exclusive jurisdiction to interpret the Constitution vested under Article 125 of the Constitution has held that the Parliamentary Select Committee procedure which found the Chief Justice Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake guilty was unconstitutional.
The Judicial Service […]

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By Judicial Services Association | Published on January 9, 2013 at 11:52 pm

Opposition writes to Chamal: Debate on impeachment violates Constitution

8th January 2013
Hon. Speaker
The Parliament of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte.
Hon Speaker,
Debate on the impeachment of the Hon. Chief Justice 
We write to express our protest against the decision taken at the Party Leaders’ meeting yesterday to take the above matter up for debate in Parliament on 10th and 11th January, 2013.
Speaker […]

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By | Published on January 9, 2013 at 11:43 pm

Judges require protection: Public urges government to respect court decisions

9th January 2013, 1.00 p.m:
1. On 8th January 2013 the leaders of the Opposition Political Parties wrote to the Speaker and protested against the decision taken to take up the debate on the impeachment on 10th and 11th of January. Opposition Leaders reminded the Speaker that proceeding with the Impeachment debate is a serious violation […]

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By Lawyers Collective | Published on January 9, 2013 at 11:37 pm

Validity of Parliament’s interpretation of the Constitution – re OPA response

On 26th September, 2012 at the request of the National Issues Committee of the OPA, I drafted a press statement which was issued by the then President on 27th September under his signature and was thereafter unanimously approved by the OPA Forum on 28th September 2012.
Sad to say, the only apparent result of that statement […]

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By Elmore Perera, Attorney-at-Law | Published on January 9, 2013 at 11:34 pm


Opinion

The tinpot dictator

The road to Nandikadal lies through the jungles of abuse and impunity

“Find out what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed ...

Human Rights

A Sri Lankan woman holds a placard in protest, outside the Saudi Arabia embassy in Colombo on November 9, 2010, to spare the life of a Sri Lankan housemaid convicted of killing an infant. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse has appealed for the king of Saudi Arabia to spare the life of a Sri Lankan house maid convicted of killing an infant, his office said. Rizana Nafeek was found guilty of killing a four-month-old baby boy in her care while working in the Gulf kingdom in 2005. Photo taken couretsy from HRW website

Rizana Nafeek a domestic worker executed in Saudi Arabia short while ago

UPDATE:On January 9, 2013, the Saudi Ministry of Interior announced the execution of A Sri Lankan woman holds a placard in protest, outside the Saudi Arabia ...

News

Sri-Lankan-President-Mahi-007

The curse of January: Darkest hour for democracy as Parliament violates the law and debates impeachment tomorrow

10th JANUARY marks the Darkest Hour of Democracy Ignoring the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal judgments, Parliament will debate the A section of the Rajapaksa cabal Impeachment ...

Issues

Shirani Bandaranayaka receives blessings from a section of the clergy

Rape of the Constitution – Murder of the Supreme Court

A Supreme Court that has, in Judge Weeramantry’s estimation, been “a great pride to the country and has been highly esteemed both Domestically and Internationally” ...

Issues

Lawyers march as they boycott court proceedings during a protest in front of the Supreme Courts in Colombo

Sri Lanka lawyers on strike over impeachment

Lawyers march as they boycott court proceedings during a protest in front of the Supreme Courts in Colombo The Bar Association of Sri Lanka strongly, unequivocally ...

Letter

shirani mahinda chamal

BASL urges the President and his cohorts to honour the Judiciary

BASL Statement (8th January 2013) The Bar Association of Sri Lanka strongly, unequivocally and with no reservations whatsoever condemns the decision to take up for debate the impeachment motion against ...

Letter

mahinda in sunglasses

Respect the decision of the Supreme Court or face lawlessness says JSA

Statement issued by the Judicial Service Association of Sri Lanka. The Supreme Court of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka exercising exclusive jurisdiction to interpret ...

Letter

Ranil Wickramasinghe

Opposition writes to Chamal: Debate on impeachment violates Constitution

8th January 2013 Hon. Speaker The Parliament of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte. Hon Speaker, Debate on the impeachment of the Hon. Chief Justice  We write ...

News

Judges require protection: Public urges government to respect court decisions

9th January 2013, 1.00 p.m: 1. On 8th January 2013 the leaders of the Opposition Political Parties wrote to the Speaker and protested against the decision ...

Opinion

Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayaka leaves the Supreme Court Complex to face impeachment proceedings. Photo taken from courtesy from Outlook India.com

Validity of Parliament’s interpretation of the Constitution – re OPA response

President Rajapaksa’s elder brother Chamal also The Speaker of the House On 26th September, 2012 at the request of the National Issues Committee of the OPA, ...