Government insists CJ impeachment constitutional

The government today insisted that the impeachment of Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake was constitutional.
Addressing the ongoing session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva, the Sri Lankan delegation at the session said that as a founding member of the Commonwealth, Sri Lanka is firmly committed to the values and principles of the organisation.
“Due process and constitutional requirements have been followed in relation to the impeachment of the former Chief Justice,” the Sri Lankan delegation said at the 22nd session of the Council today.
The comments were made by the Sri Lankan delegation as a right to reply to views expressed by Canada, Sweden and Slovakia.
Canada had urged the government to implement  without delay, the recommendations of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).
The Canadian delegation at the 22nd UNHRC session had today urged Sri Lanka to demonstrate its commitment to the Commonwealth fundamental values and principles.
Sweden also raised concerns over the human rights situation in Sri Lanka, including the recent attacks on the judiciary.
Slovakia raised similar concerns on Sri Lanka and called for the effective implementation of the National Action Plan on the LLRC recommendations. (Colombo Gazette)