13th November 2018

Concerted actions by domestic pro-democracy elements and the international community must continue to restore parliamentary democracy in Sri Lanka

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PRESS STATEMENT 13 November 2018, London Concerted actions by domestic pro-democracy elements and the international community must continue to restore parliamentary democracy in Sri Lanka It is with utmost respect and admiration that the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) reads today’s interim order of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka. This, at least in the interim, has prevented further deepening of Sri Lanka’s constitutional crisis. Only a few days ago, President Sirisena ominously warned that he had more ‘tools’ at his disposal, implying more to come in the ‘constitutional coup’ he had set in motion. True to his word and on top of his earlier actions, including illegal transfer of power from a sitting Prime Minister and proroguing the Parliament without consulting the Speaker, President Sirisena […]

Sri Lankan Crisis a Threat to National Reconciliation and Accountability

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Prominent Int’l Crimes News Op-ed Warns Sri Lankan Crisis a Threat to National Reconciliation and Accountability Lead Story on JusticeInfo.com penned by the Sri Lanka Monitoring and Accountability Panel(MAP),a Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam(TGTE)Established Body NEW YORK, USA, November 13, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Bringing a big win to the movement for international recognition of and accountability for the Tamil Genocide, JusticeInfo.com, one the most respected international crimes news resources, has published on its front page the op-ed “Sri Lanka: A Threat to Reconciliation and Accountability,” written by three renown Read more….. The Sri Lanka Monitoring and Accountability Panel (MAP) is an independent body established in 2015 by the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam to monitor the implementation of UNHRC Resolutions 30/1 and 34/1, “Promoting reconciliation, accountability […]

Shamed Mahindas group undecided if it will attend Parliament tomorrow.

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The shamed Mahinda and his newly appointed Ministers says it is undecided if it will attend Parliament sessions tomorrow under PM Ranil. Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said that the illegal Government (Mahinda Group) who were appointed by President Maithiri will further discuss the outcome of the Supreme Court order issued today and decide if it will attend Parliament tomorrow morning.  The Supreme Court today issued a stay order against President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to dissolve Parliament and hold a snap election in January. Following the court order, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya announced that Parliament will convene at 10am tomorrow.  However Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said that the Mahinda will consult his lawyers and decide the next step. He also said that the Government lawyers will request the Supreme Court […]

The Joker Who Got A Jackpot

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By Razi Mohmamadh – Raazi Mohmamadh Never had there been a Political mayhem in the post independent history of Sri Lanka as we are witnessing nowadays. Watching the breaking news on television since 26th of October is as if you are watching a horror movie in a 3-D theater, sitting on the edge of the seat bamboozled as to what is going to happen next, making yourself ready for the vertiginous shock. Then a Twitter notification chirps. You are flummoxed and high as a kite, sometimes shaking in your shoes just to open the tweet. Then you read who joined whose camp, what the price for ones defection is and what bomb is in which parcel. It is really unfortunate to witness an artificial, self created dogfight  […]

Lawyers Slam President’s Illegal Dissolution At SC

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In a shock move, a member of Sri Lanka’s independent Elections Commission filed a fundamental rights petition in Supreme Court yesterday, joining a dozen other petitioners in challenging the Presidential Proclamation dissolving Parliament and declaring elections as unconstitutional and illegal. Prof. S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole Prof. S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole, a member of the three-man Commission set up by the 19th Amendment to the constitution told a three judge bench of the Supreme Court that he believed that the dissolution of Parliament by Friday’s proclamation was “ex facie” illegal – or bad in law on the face of it, and saying he was duty bound to ensure the constitution was honoured. As the constitutional crisis triggered by President Maithripala’s shock sacking of his prime minister on October […]

Dissolution Invalid: Supreme Court Issues Historic Order Allowing Parliament To Meet Tomorrow

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UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said in a Twitter message that the people have won their first victory. “Let’s go forward and re-establish the sovereignty of the people in our beloved country,” he tweeted. In a landmark order, the tripartite bench consisting Chief Justice Nalin Perera, Justice Prasanna Jayawardena and Justice Priyantha Jayawardena stayed both Gazette notifications issued by President Maithripala Sirisena proroguing and dissolving Parliament. The Gazette dissolving Parliament was stayed till the 7th December while the case was fixed for argument on the 5th, 6th and 7th December. Meanwhile, the Gazette convening Parliament on November 14 will stand active, which means Parliament could be convened tomorrow. The three-judge bench gave the order after considering submissions made by all petitioners and intervening petitioners on the President’s […]

Dissolving Parliament was Wrong says Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court today issued a stay order on the gazette notice by President Maithripala Sirisena dissolving Parliament, till December 7th.  The Supreme Court said it will consider all the petitions filed on the President’s decision to dissolve Parliament on December 4th, 5th and 6th before giving a final ruling on December 7th. With the stay order the court also prevents the Elections Commissioner from taking steps to hold an election on January 5th.  The stay order was given after two days of deliberations during which petitions both in support and against the President’s decision were submitted. President Maithripala Sirisena dissolved Parliament last week and called for a snap Parliamentary election on January 5th.  However several political parties, including the United National Party and the Janatha Vimukthi […]

Corrupt people given second chance by Mahinda

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President Maithripala Sirisena had given corrupt MPs a second chance to embezzle money by appointing them to the same ministerial positions they held during the Mahinda Rajapaksa administration, United national Party (UNP) Parliamentarian S. M. Marikkar told media yesterday at a press conference in Colombo. “The President has renominated a man who had a case filed against him for providing state-built houses for his family members as Minister of Housing. The same is true for the Minister of Cooperatives. This is insane and dissolving Parliament is dictatorial.” The Colombo District MP said that the UNP should not stop at issuing press releases and holding media conferences. “We must educate the people on why we say that removing Ranil Wickremesinghe and dissolving Parliament were illegal. We […]

Hearing 12 F.R. Petitions Challenging Early Dissolution of Parliament and Holding of Elections; Proceedings To Continue Tomorrow

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Chief Justice Nalin Perera, Justice Prasanna Jayawardena and Justice Priyantha Jayawardena Commence Hearing 12 F.R. Petitions Challenging Early Dissolution of Parliament and Holding of Elections; Proceedings To Continue Tomorrow as Attorney – General Required More Time Sri Lanka’s main political parties, on Monday November 11th 2018 filed legal challenges in the island’s Supreme Court, against the early dissolution of Parliament by President Maithripala Sirisena. The petitioners said President Sirisena had no powers to dissolve the Parliament under the 19th amendment of the constitution and requested the Supreme Court to issue an order voiding the gazette issued by the President and to suspend the upcoming Parliamentary Election until a verdict is announced. Continue reading ‘Chief Justice Nalin Perera, Justice Prasanna Jayawardena and Justice Priyantha Jayawardena Commence […]