Sri Lanka: The Honorable Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake Jan. 2013

The Law Society expresses its concern about the parliamentary vote to impeach The Honorable Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake and the guilty verdict of professional misconduct. Despite recent rulings from the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal that have quashed the findings of the Parliamentary Selection Committee and branded the impeachment process unconstitutional, the Law Society's understanding is that you ratified Parliament's vote and dismissed the Chief Justice on January 13, 2013.

 

Reports indicate that the case against The Honorable Dr. Bandaranayake is part of a pattern of attacks and threats against members of the judiciary and lawyers and interference in their work. The steps that were taken towards impeaching the Chief Justice appear to be the culminating point of a series of attacks against the judiciary for asserting its independence. The Law Society of Upper Canada is deeply concerned about judges in Sri Lanka who, in carrying out their judicial duties, can be subjected to inappropriate processes where their decisions are contrary to the views of public authorities. International human rights instruments, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the UN Basic Principles on the Independence of the Judiciary, state that judicial independence and human rights are necessary to advancing the rule of law. 

 

Letter on intervention