State Department reiterates concerns

The U.S. State Department has reiterated concerns about actions surrounding the ongoing impeachment trial of Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake.

State Department Deputy Spokesperson Mark C. Toner said that as the U.S Embassy Colombo’s statement noted earlier on Friday, the U.S would urge the Government of Sri Lanka to guarantee due process, and to ensure that all investigations are conducted transparently and in accordance with the rule of law.

“These latest developments are part of a disturbing deterioration of democratic norms in Sri Lanka, including infringement on the independence of the judiciary,” he said.

The spokesman said that the United States, along with its partners in the international community, continues to urge Sri Lanka to uphold the rule of law and democratic governance and to continue to address outstanding accountability and reconciliation issues.