Commonwealth Secretary-General concerned about parliamentary move to impeach Sri Lankan chief justice
Posted on November 17th, 2012

Director of Communications and Public Affairs-Commonwealth Secretariat

15 November 2012

Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma today expressed concern about the recent move by the Parliament of Sri Lanka to impeach the country’s Chief Justice, Dr Shirani Bandaranayake.

Speaking in London, the Secretary-General said: “The Commonwealth’s principal consideration is that the provisions of Sri Lanka’s constitution are upheld with regards to the removal of judges, respecting the independence of the judiciary.”

The Secretary-General stressed that the Commonwealth believes the preservation of the rule of law and independence of the judiciary are vital to the healthy functioning of a democracy. He noted: “The Commonwealth’s Latimer House Principles, which govern the relationship between the three branches of government, are a cornerstone of our association’s values. All our member states have committed themselves to upholding the Latimer House Principles so that citizens’ faith and confidence in democratic culture is assured and the rule of law is maintained.”

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Director of Communications and Public Affairs
Commonwealth Secretariat
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http://www.thecommonwealth.org/news/34580/251337/151112srilankaimpeachment.htm

One Response to “Commonwealth Secretary-General concerned about parliamentary move to impeach Sri Lankan chief justice”

  1. Nimal Says:

    Can the secretary show the same concern about the way the British government use poor Commonwealth students as an immigration football,playing to the gallery?They show no consideration and pity for those poor students.They prefer the Gypsies to the poor students who are struggling hard.

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