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Upali Abeyrathana commission has overstepped its mandate; Lawyers to move CA against PCoI report

The JVP-led Lawyers for Democracy is planning to move the Court of Appeal against the report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Political...

What is wrong with the judiciary in Sri Lanka? – Victor Ivan

Image: The appointment of Sarath Silva as CJ by President Kumaratunge is one of the darkest movements in the judiciary in Sri Lanka. It is...

Sri Lanka: acquittal emblematic of the State’s failure to ensure accountability   

The ICJ today deplored the comprehensive failure of the Sri Lankan authorities to ensure accountability for conflict-era crimes, marked by the dropping of charges...

A government Defence of the judiciary that does more damage than good – Kishali Pinto Jayawardene

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his Minister of Justice who went charging into Parliament this week to pontificate or plead for judges to be protected...

Sri Lanka: President urges judiciary to use its powers to fight the menace of “defaming and malign”

Image: President speaking at the swearing in of Judges ( Photo @GotabayaR) Addressing the gathering of newly appointed higher court judges president Gotabaya Rajapaksa has...

Lanka’s highest court rejects petitions from Muslims against COVID-19 cremations

Colombo, Dec 1 (PTI) Sri Lanka's Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed petitions filed by members of the Muslim community against the government's regulation that...

Sri Lanka: Under Rajapaksas’ Watch, Rule of Law Suffers the Onslaught of Politics

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The 20th Amendment’s increase of judges and consequent concerns – Kishali Pinto Jayawardene

Image: File photo of high Court judges in Sri Lanka. Eyebrows are being raised over the 20th Amendment to the Constitution’s inclusion of provisions at...

20th Amendment to the Constitution: A Draconian Law In The Making? – Lal Wijenayake

What were the main weaknesses of the 19A? The 19A was brought to democratize the state. This was an underlying necessity because from 2005-2015, especially...

Five Commonwealth organisations deeply concerned over impact of 20A on independence of judiciary

We, the undersigned organisations, are deeply concerned about the impact the Sri Lanka 20th Constitutional Amendment Bill (the ‘Amendment Bill’) issued on 2 September...

Sri Lanka: Retired Judges’ Association gravely perturbed over proposed 20A

(Image courtesy of www.westchestercomdiv.com) The Retired Judges’ Association (RJA) says it is “gravely perturbed” by the potential impact of the draft 20th Amendment on the...

Sri Lanka: Presidential accountability is what the 20th Amendment is about – Prof Rohan Samarajiva

Despite the Government appearing to step back from the planned decimation of the improvements made to the Constitution in 2015, it is likely that...

The proposed 20th Amendment poses a serious threat to freedom of expression & media freedom in Sri Lanka – Free Media Movement

The Free Media Movement is deeply concerned about the impending threat and the serious challenges posed to the freedom of expression and to the...

Sri Lanka: CoA overturns life sentence handed into ex LTTE cadre turned lecturer accused of child conscription

The Court of Appeal today overturned a life sentence handed in to a former LTTE cadre turned university lecturer for his alleged role in...

I was transferred to jeopardize the sensitive, complex and high-profile investigations, argues Sharni Abeysekara in his FR petition.

The 18  investigations that have been commenced against the Petitioner   to find materials to justify the transfer and the interdiction of the Petitioner...

Rights Lawyers Under Fire in Sri Lanka – Ruki Fernando

Last month (May 2020) a Magistrate in Jaffna had withdrawn quarantine orders against the organizers of end of war commemorations, based on appeals by...

Sri Lanka: CID attempted to show photograph of Hejaaz to children before ID parade- Fort Magistrate; Parade cancelled.

Fort Magistrate Ranga Dissanayaka said in open court that officers of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) had attempted to show photographs of Hejaaz Hizbullah...

Anarchy and the Judiciary in Sri Lanka – Victor Ivan

It is evident that the Podu Peramuna Government led by Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the new President, wants desperately to withdraw the cases filed during the...

No show at courts by former Sri Lanka Navy Commander Wasantha Karannagoda for the fourth time!

Image: At the Independence day ceremony former Navy Commander Wasantha Karannagoda was sitting close to AG Livera. For the fourth time, Colombo High Court Trial-at-Bar...

As the President today, I represent the entire Sri Lankan nation irrespective of ethnicity, religion, party affiliation or other differences – Gotabhaya Rajapaksa

The Independence Day celebrations got underway at the Independence Square this morning under the patronage of President Gotabaya Rajapksa and Prime Minister Prime Minister...

The sleazy antics of a politician and a judiciary in disrepute – Kishali Pinto Jayawardene

Hand wringing by Government politicians over leaked tape recordings of phone conversations between prosecutors, judicial officers and a United National Party politician known more...

Sri Lanka: Bar Association condemns anti-Judge remarks

Image: Ajith Prasanna, a retired Army officer now practising as a lawyer, has specifically named Colombo Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne, Fort Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake, Udesh...

Sri Lanka: Real risks of a special presidential commission of inquiry – Kishali Pinto Jaywardene

The presenting of a Cabinet Paper by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa this week, proposing the establishment of a Special Presidential Commission of Inquiry (SPCOI),...

Sri Lanka: Upping the game of protecting ‘war heroes’ – Kishali Pinto Jayawardene.

Cartoon by @Nikshazz . Sri Lanka’s floating voters, struggling to find their feet in the unpromising pandemonium of November’s Presidential elections, can only flinch from ‘Pohottuwa’ Presidential candidate Gotabaya...

In short: Main points of the petition filed against Gotabaya Rajapaksa

The case filed before the Court of Appeal challenging the Sri Lankan citizenship of SLPP presidential nominee Gotabaya Rajapaksa by Prof. Chandragupta Thenuwara and...

Full text of case filed by Gamini V. & Chandragupta T. against Gotabaya Rajapaksa and others

Full text of the petition filed by two Civil society activists, Gamini Viyangoda and Prof. Chandragupta Thenuwara, who are asking the Courts to quash...

Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu ED, CPA files a FR petition challenging the Presidential Pardon of Gnanasara Thero

Image: Sirisena invited Gnanasara and his mother to his office after pardoning him. 20th of June 2019: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) and its Executive Director,...

The HRCSL writes to the Bar Association of Sri Lanka regarding discriminatory practices of the Bar

Mr. Kalinga Indatissa P.C, President Bar Association of Sri Lanka,   Dear Mr. lndatissa, It has been brought to our Commission's attention that members of certain regional Bar...

Pardoning Gnanasara Thero raises a number of very serious concerns – CPA

CPA Statement on the Presidential Pardon of Gnanasara Thero. 24th May 2019, Colombo, Sri Lanka – The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) expresses its deep shock and...

Sri Lanka: The Admiral and the case of 11 missing boys – Manoj kolambage

11 boys abducted and killed in 2008; 14 naval officers implicated in the crimes, 13 of them arrested and produced before a magistrate. Last...
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