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Canada condemns dismissal of Sri Lankan Chief Justice, urges Commonwealth action

Canada has called on the Sri Lankan government to respect the country’s constitution and the independence of its judiciary. While expressing deep concern over the recent removal of the Chief Justice, Prime Minister Stephen Harper in a statement said the issue would be addressed at the next meeting of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group.The statement issued yesterday said that ‘Canada was  deeply concerned by Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa’s decision to remove the Chief Justice from office following an impeachment process which appeared to be highly politicized and lacking transparency and respect for the guarantees of due process and fair trial.”

The statement regarding the dismissal of Sri Lankan Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake reads as follows:

“Canada is deeply concerned by Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa’s decision to remove the Chief Justice from office following an impeachment process which appeared to be highly politicized and lacking transparency and respect for the guarantees of due process and fair trial.”We call on the Government of Sri Lanka to respect the country’s constitution and the independence of its judiciary and change course immediately.”Canada continues to have serious concerns about the human rights situation, the need for reconciliation, and the democratic deficit in Sri Lanka. We will continue to raise these concerns forcefully, without equivocation both directly with the Government of Sri Lanka and through resolutions at both the United Nations and the Commonwealth.”We will push for this latest troubling development to be addressed at the next meeting of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group.”

Author: TELO Admin