Sri Lanka: Chief Justice’s impeachment hearing violates due process | CIJL-ICJ

Gepubliceerd op: 7 december 2012 in: CIJL_ICJ, Sri Lanka | Nog geen reacties

The Centre for the Independence of Judges and Lawyers (CIJL)

The impeachment process against Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake ignores international standards and practice, says the ICJ.

The ICJ urges the government of Sri Lanka to take immediate steps to uphold the independence of the judiciary and adhere to international standards and practice on the removal of judges.

Today, the Chief Justice and her team of lawyers walked out of the impeachment hearing in protest over the denial of a fair hearing.

Protests supporting and opposing the impeachment process erupted on Tuesday 4 December 2012 as the Chief Justice appeared before the Parliamentary Select Committee for the second time.

Over two hundred judges, several hundred lawyers, trade union leaders and a large number of religious dignitaries assembled to show their support for the Chief Justice.

Opposition members of parliament publicaly called on the Government to adhere to principles of fair trial and due process in the impeachment process.

Reportedly the Chief Justice has been denied the right to Lees verder…;

Impeachment of Sri Lankan Chief Justice: Government must adhere to international standards of due process | CIJL-ICJ

Gepubliceerd op: 7 november 2012 in: CIJL_ICJ, Sri Lanka | Nog geen reacties

The Centre for the Independence of Judges and Lawyers (CIJL)

The impeachment process against Sri Lankan Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake must follow international standards of due process says the ICJ.

“Many people in Sri Lanka have called the impeachment proceedings against Chief Justice Bandaranayake a politically motivated attack on the independence of the judiciary,” said Sam Zarifi, Asia Director of the ICJ. “If the government wants to dispel any such notion, it must adhere to international standards of due process in the impeachment proceedings.”

The proceedings come in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling on a controversial bill, the Divi Neguma bill, before Parliament.

The bill seeks to establish a centralized development authority Lees verder…;

Sri Lanka: new ICJ report documents ‘Crisis of Impunity’ | CIJL-ICJ

Gepubliceerd op: 1 november 2012 in: CIJL_ICJ, Sri Lanka | Nog geen reacties

The Centre for the Independence of Judges and Lawyers (CIJL)

The Sri Lankan government must immediately cease its assault on the independence of the judiciary, the ICJ said in a new report released today.

The 150-page report, Authority without Accountability: The Crisis of Impunity in Sri Lanka (PDF), documents how, and why, it has become nearly impossible for people who have suffered serious violations of their human rights to receive justice in Sri Lanka. Recent attacks on judicial officers and judges only highlight the systematic erosion of accountability mechanisms.

“Victims and survivors of major human rights violations do not receive redress, and perpetrators are not brought to justice. The absence of justice removes an important deterrent to future perpetrators,” said Sam Zarifi, ICJ’s Asia Director. “This situation is the very definition of a climate of impunity, Lees verder…;

Sri Lanka: ICJ deplores attack on the Secretary of the Judicial Services Commission | CIJL-ICJ

Gepubliceerd op: 17 oktober 2012 in: CIJL_ICJ, Sri Lanka | Nog geen reacties

The Centre for the Independence of Judges and Lawyers (CIJL)

The Sri Lankan government must immediately provide justice for the physical assault on Manjula Tillekaratne and cease public efforts to undermine the independence of the country’s judiciary, the ICJ said today.

Unidentified persons assaulted the Secretary of the Judicial Services Commission on 7 October 2012. Lawyers and judges held a strike to protest recent and escalating threats to judicial independence in Sri Lanka.

“This physical assault is another terrible step downward in the ongoing effort to undermine the judiciary and the rule of law in Sri Lanka,” said Lees verder…;