SL hampers legal redress for rights abuses -ICJ

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Sri Lanka's government has made it all but impossible for victims of human rights abuses to get justice, a Geneva-based human rights body that monitors legal matters said on Thursday.

The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), grouping 60 prominent judges and lawyers from around the world, said the judiciary in Sri Lanka was under increasing attack and its independence was threatened.

"Victims and survivors of major human rights violations do not receive redress, and perpetrators are not brought to justice," the ICJ declared in a 150-page report, "Authority without Accountability: The Crisis of Impunity in Sri Lanka."

"The absence of justice removes an important deterrent to future perpetrators," said the report, compiled by the body's Asia Director Sam Zarifi.

The administration of President Mahinda Rajapaksa had sought to evade demands at home and abroad for justice for victims of "serious violations of international law" by both sides in the long civil war that ended in 2009, the report added.

With recent physical attacks on judges and judicial officials in the country adding to the problem, the ICJ said Sri Lanka was in "serious breach of (its) international obligation to protect and promote human rights".

Earlier this month a senior High Court judge who heads a key commission that appoints and transfers judges and magistrates was pistol-whipped by gunmen after complaining of official pressure on the body.

International human rights groups assert that such attacks and death threats against even mild critics of the Rajapaksa administration are carried out by government supporters or specially-trained hit squads.

After the latest incident, Rajapaksa condemned the attack and ordered the police to bring its perpetrators to justice, an official statement said. Police said they had launched a special operation to arrest the culprits. (Reuters)
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  • pramiya Friday, 02 November 2012 12:00 AM

    what happened to my comment ? why wasn't it approved . are you governed by the rulling coalition. via DM Android App

    mohamed asfar Thursday, 01 November 2012 09:42 AM

    what is happening to my motherland ?

    Thushara Thursday, 01 November 2012 12:00 AM

    Kala warella Genewa gihin. via DM Android App

    Big Ears Thursday, 01 November 2012 03:18 AM

    Looks like the writing is on the wall.

    Mason Thursday, 01 November 2012 03:09 AM

    It appears none in Sri Lanka are interested as to what is happening in this Country. This includes the opposition political parties, public institutions etc etc.
    The party in power is now bent on destroying the judiciary and there is no worthwhile attempts to stop this.
    It is a sorry plight the people of the country are being subjected to.
    Will the world help or shed crocodile tears when it is all over.

    true sri lankan Thursday, 01 November 2012 03:22 AM

    with the war ending we were in good shape. but, now its looks like we are in too much worst situation.

    xlntgson Thursday, 01 November 2012 10:27 AM

    What is serious human rights abuse, killing by drones or suicide bombs?

    pramiya Thursday, 01 November 2012 12:00 AM

    is he aware of the impeachment ? comments will be much worse if that's the case. via DM Android App

    Big Ears Thursday, 01 November 2012 03:45 AM

    Just a remainder, the war was ended on a bad note for the thousands of civilians that were killed. Good shape for some. Now face the consequences like gentlemen.

    Lobo Thursday, 01 November 2012 04:01 AM

    The common man cannot afford to say anything for fear of being victimized or winning a free one-way ride in a white van. The Opposition who enjoys almost 50% support of the masses has to take the lead but sadly its leader is only concerned in cementing his position for the next 6 years and expelling anyone who does not see things his way.

    Mathukumara Thursday, 01 November 2012 04:15 AM

    Governing a country is more than just development; it's ensuring that the citizens can depend on justice as well as their rights to be upheld, and eliminating corruption to a great degree. The problem here is not the government but the ignorance of the common man. As whenever there is an internationally proclaimed issue that magnifies Sri Lanka, they take to the street to protest against it, not realizing that the resolving the magnified issue is for the betterment for its citizens.

    raj Thursday, 01 November 2012 04:29 AM

    The ones who said the "World (International Community) does not need to tell us how to run the country" will be ones who will cry one saying why the World (International Community) is trying to save us.

    Ranil Thursday, 01 November 2012 11:40 AM

    Mason, it sounds like you don't really know the correct facts. I hope you are not one who gets the pocket lined or one who helps the diaspora. Of course they have the finances to get people to protest, make judgements the way they want and its noteworthy to find this all this comes out from Geneva and Toronto.
    So think about it and you may be one who supports the diasopora who helped the LTTE..

    Rohan Thursday, 01 November 2012 11:43 AM

    Big Ears the fellows who got killed were terrorists and their supporters and the innocent bystanders. The civilians in Colombo will also tell you the fear they lived with when the suicide bombers were in action.
    Don't you agree THE END OF WAR WAS GREAT! People does not live in fear in Sri Lanka at all. There are some terrorists who are in the deep jungles but they will soon be out.

    sinhaya Thursday, 01 November 2012 12:33 PM

    Swaziland at its best, Idi Amin in the shade

    John Thursday, 01 November 2012 05:11 AM

    .......todays cartoon which says it all?!

    Premalal Thursday, 01 November 2012 04:58 AM

    The best (or worst) is yet to come. It will start after the impeachment of the CJ and the appointment of a crony. It will be governance by fear.

    Mike Thursday, 01 November 2012 01:37 PM

    take all of these ex terrorists to your country and help us protect human rights in sri lanka

    raviraj Thursday, 01 November 2012 03:00 PM

    now you want the opposition to act and save your rights, but election time and all you patriotic voters waste your franchise voting emotionally for the saviour who liberated motherland. Now reap the consequences

    bernardwijeyasingha Thursday, 01 November 2012 06:11 PM

    Quid Pro Quo. What will Sri Lanka gain or lose in addressing these human rights violations? Tamils both in Sri Lanka and India want another go at Eelam while using human rights to win sympathy. If Sri Lanka stands firm because she has something to lose in addressing these charges then stand firm if not address the charges.

    Banda Thursday, 01 November 2012 10:18 PM

    The country is moving forward strongly and naturally the detractors will always cry and winge as their frustrations are quite understood. Whatever they try(with the help of their international friends, the common man of the land spoils it all when it translates to votes).

    richardson Friday, 02 November 2012 12:11 AM

    Raj get a life Please do not comment on this type of issues
    as you have below average intelligence on these matters.


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