The opposition United National Party (UNP) says the government has virtually set the path for Sri Lanka to be censured at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva this year.
UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake said that President Mahinda Rajapaksa had violated the constitution by removing Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake.
In an spacial statement on Bandaranayake’s sacking from office, the UNP said that her removal was also an act of treachery and betrayal to the nation.
The UNHRC will meet for its annual session in Geneva in March and Attanayake says the recent actions of the President and his brothers will allow the UNHRC to once again point fingers at the country.
He also noted that by giving room for such action to take place the government is in a way allowing the Council to also then look back at past allegations raised against the country including the security forces.
The UNP also criticized Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa for informing the President that parliament had called for the removal of the Chief justice when the entire process was illegal. (Colombo Gazette)