November 12, 2014
by William Helbling
The Supreme Court of Sri Lanka ruled Tuesday that President Mahinda Rajapaksa can stand for a third six-year term and declared snap presidential polls four years into his term in office. The Supreme Court ruled that there were no constitutional or legal barriers impeding him from seeking a third ...[read more]
May 20, 2013
by Lauren Laing
Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Monday that no progress has been made in Sri Lanka regarding respect for basic rights and liberties in the four years since the end of the country's brutal 26-year civil war. According to HRW, the government of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has failed to ...[read more]
January 15, 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Tuesday swore in Mohan Peiris, a retired attorney general and trusted aide to the Cabinet, to replace former chief justice Shirani Bandaranayake, who was removed from office Sunday. Rajapaksa dismissed Bandaranayake after parliament voted to impeach her ...[read more]
January 13, 2013
by Jaimie Cremeans
Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Sunday signed an order to remove Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake from office for alleged corruption and bribery. The president's action comes just two days after the Sri Lankan Parliament voted with an overwhelming majority to impeach the chief justice ...[read more]
December 4, 2012
by Peter Snyder
More than 300 of Sri Lanka's judges met in the capital Colombo on Monday to demand an impartial inquiry into charges against the nation's Supreme Court chief justice. The judges issued a statement in which they rejected an 11-member committee appointed by Parliament Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa, the ...[read more]
May 21, 2012
by Jaclyn Belczyk
Former Sri Lankan army chief Sarath Fonseka was freed from prison Monday after being pardoned by President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Fonseka, who is credited with bringing an end to the 26-year civil war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), was arrested shortly after his defeat in the ...[read more]
April 12, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On April 12, 2011, the UN announced the completion of a report investigating allegations of war crimes in Sri Lanka. However, the report was not released until Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa had an opportunity to review it. The Sri Lankan Ministry of External Affairs reported they were not ...[read more]
March 6, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On March 6, 2010, Sri Lankan President Mahina Rajapaksa rejected a United Nations (UN) plan to appoint a panel of experts to investigate alleged abuses during the nation's civil war. Rajapaksa called the plan "totally uncalled for and unwarranted." He claimed that the work of such a panel would ...[read more]
March 2, 2012
by Michael Haggerson
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia ruled on Wednesday that Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is immune from suit under the Torture Victim Protection Act of 1991 (TVPA) while he is in office. Rajapaksa is accused of human rights violations in connection with the ...[read more]
November 25, 2011
by Sung Un Kim
Sri Lankan Secretary of Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa stated on Thursday in a speech that the government has begun counting the number of civilian deaths from its 26-year civil war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The counting was initiated to counter several allegations of war ...[read more]

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