January 29, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
The newly elected government in Sri Lanka announced Wednesday that it is planning to investigate accusations of human rights abuses during the closing stages of the 26-year civil war, after former president Mahinda Rajapaksa refused to cooperate with UN investigators about claims of atrocities ...[read more]
January 28, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
The Sri Lankan government on Wednesday said that its new president has reinstated former chief justice Shirani Bandaranayake, calling the impeachment a procedural error. Both her removal and the installation of her successor, according to the office of President Maithripala Sirisena, are now " ...[read more]
January 9, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
Sri Lanka's new government must prioritize human rights, Amnesty International (AI) said Friday. AI issued its press release in the midst of a change in leadership in the Sri Lankan administration. AI is concerned that the outgoing Sri Lankan administration, led by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, ...[read more]
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]

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