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Commonwealth Lawyers Association expresses its concerns on threats to democracy and the rule of law in Sri Lanka.

The Commonwealth Lawyers Association (CLA) is concerned by threats to democracy and the rule of law in Sri Lanka as the government of Sri...

Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court won’t annul Parliament dissolution

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court declined on Tuesday to consider petitions filed by opposition parties and civil groups seeking to...

Sri Lanka: Residents complain SLPP activists accompanied by police collecting personal data?

Image: Western Province DIG Deshabandu Tennekoon says Police are looking for temporary residents. ECONOMYNEXT – Questions are being raised over a door-to-door survey being conducted...

Sri Lanka: 10 Political mistakes that shouldn’t have been committed during the pandemic. – Sunanda Deshapriya

1. President Rajapaksa dissolved the Parliament on 2nd March 2020– six months before the due date, amidst the growing danger of COVID-19 pandemic. By this...

Though Sri Lanka has no Minster of Defence, President Rajapaksa takes over 6 more institutions under the ministry.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has brought six institutions under the Ministry of Defence issuing an extraordinary gazette on 22 May 2020. Sri Lanka does not have...

Parliament is also the repository of judicial power – Dr. Jayampathy Wickramaratne

There has been a very useful discussion in the public domain about the relationship between the three organs of government, especially in the present...

Muhudu Maha Viharaya & Misuse of land acquisition laws and the military

PARL Statement on recent developments in Pottuvil Muhudu Maha Viharaya: Misuse of land acquisition laws and the military. The People’s Alliance for Right to Land...

Sri Lanka: Three children allege “CID Officers” tried to coerce them to implicate madrassah in arms training

ECONOMYNEXT – Three minors, all students of the Al-Zuhairiya Arabic School in Karaitivu have filed Fundamental Rights petitions before the Supreme Court alleging that...

Hejaaz Hizbullah & the trial by media: False and diabolical stories about Hejaaz are spun and planted by his captors.

Image courtesy of the Medium Statement from Family of Hejaaz Hizbullah, Attorney at Law.  We have been greatly disturbed by a vile and vicious media campaign...

IBAHRI urges Sri Lanka to abide by due process in the case of Mr Heejaz Hizbullah

(Wednesday 13 May 2020) In an open letter to Sri Lanka’s Minister of Justice, the Hon. Nimal Siripala de Silva, the International Bar Association’s...

The viral pandemic of the mind and Sri Lanka’s loss of the law

Even as petitions are collected and hands are rightfully wrung for redress regarding the arrest and detention of attorney Hejaaz Hisbullah, it is timely...

Necessity: Doctrine that destroyed Pakistani democracy – Dr Jayampathy Wickramaratne.

Image: Pakistani-military-ditators-Gen.Ayub-Khan-Gen.Yahya-Khan-Gen.Zia-ul-Haq-Gen.Pervez-Musharraf (NewsinAsia) The doctrine of necessity was first expounded in the 13th century by English jurist Bracton, who stated ‘that which is otherwise not...

The Hejaaz I know – Amal de Chickera

Image: Hijaaz Hizbulla, November 2018 at a protest against President Sirisena's constitutional coup. On 16 April, I heard that my former classmate Hejaaz Hisbullah had...

TNA says it attends PM’s meeting to extend our co-operation to the resolution of burning issues.

"We have decided that we need to attend the meeting with the Hon. Prime Minister, because all these issues outlined need to be...

Sumanthiran writes to HRCSL: “Advise the government on the need to rectify and regularise the ‘curfew’ without delay.”

In a letter addressed to the Chairperson and other members of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka, former MP M.A. Sumantiran says that...

AAL Hejaaz Hisbullah case: BASL should be in the forefront of the fight for justice – Javid Yusuf

The arrest and detention of attorney at law Hejaaz Hisbullah purportedly in connection with investigations relating to the Easter Sunday bombings of April 21,...

Seven Opposition party leaders tell President: “Reconvene the parliament, will support legitimate actions to face the pandemic.”

Seven opposition party leaders have issued a joint statement assuring Responsible cooperation in Parliament in order to face the challenge of COVID-19 effectively. They...

Sri Lanka & Covid-19: The inherent danger in the Doctrine of Necessity.

Image: This Doctrine has very bad precedents.  In 1954 Pakistan, the Chief Justice at the time validated the extra constitutional use of emergency powers...

Sri Lanka: Due Process Concerns in Arrests of Muslims; Government Critic, Lawyer Detained.

Sri Lankan police officers patrol a Muslim neighborhood after the Easter Sunday bombings, Colombo, April 26, 2019.(Image courtesy of HRW/© 2019 AP Photo) (New York)...

Sri Lanka: CPA requests Rajapaksa to summon the Parliament & says the EC decision to hold the elections on 20 June is...

Image: Pro Rajapaksa parliament members attacking the speaker.(File photo courtesy of NYT) Arguing that under present circumstances, the course of action most consistent with the Constitution...

Sri Lanka: Arrest and Detention of Attorney-at-law Hejaaz Hizbullah is Arbitrary & interference of his legal practice – Joint statement

Image courtesy of slideplayer.com. Statement on the Arrest and Detention of Attorney-at-law Hejaaz Hizbullah. We are writing with deep concern about aspects of the arrest and...

Sri Lanka: ICJ raises concerns about the arbitrary arrest and detention of lawyer Hejaaz Hizbullah

Sri Lanka: ICJ raises concerns about the arbitrary arrest and detention of lawyer Hejaaz Hizbullah; calls for repeal and replacement of the Prevention of...

Sri Lanka’s Response to Covid-19 (Status Statement – 3) – The Alliance of Independent Professionals

1. Health Response Testing has become the main challenge for Sri Lanka. The government has consciously erected several roadblocks to minimise testing and obfuscate the...

Sri Lanka: Habeas corpus applications filed on behalf of lawyer Hejaaz Hisbullah; Detectives has come in the guise of Ministry of Health!

According to the Habeas Corpus Applications  filed on behalf of lawyer Hejaz Hisbullah the CID personal has come to his house in the guise...

General election debate: Commissioner Hoole responds to president’s secretary Jayasundara

Parliamentary Election 2020 and date of summoning new Parliament. I refer to the Daily Mirror article, of today’s date, on the date for summoning the new Parliament...

Joint statement, Sri Lanka: Mirusuvil Massacre – Accused Pardoned; No Reparations for Victims’ Families

Image courtesy of Amnesty International. On March 26, 2020, President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa granted a presidential pardon and released convicted death row prisoner and mass murderer,...

Sri Lanka: The prospects for democracy and reconciliation in the immediate future are bleak, concludes CPA.

Image: Pro-Democracy protestors took to street daily against the constitutional coup staged by president Sirisena in October 2018. A short paper published by the Centre for...

AG tells political victimisation COI it has no judicial power to question his functions before trial at bar

AG, COI clash over ex-Magistrate Thilina Gamage’s illegal elephant possession case AG claims all documents relating to case have been taken by COI ...

Defense Secretary General Gunaratne & making a mockery of rule of law in Sri Lanka.

Literally, this picture is worth more than a thousand words. It shows former Navy Commander Wasantha Karannagoda and current Defense Secretary General Kamal Gunarathne having...

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...
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