US deeply concerned

2013-01-11 18:00:14

The US embassy in a statement said it remains deeply concerned by the Impeachment Proceedings against Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake.

The full statement is as follows:

“The United States Embassy remains deeply concerned by the impeachment proceedings against Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake, which were conducted in defiance of a Supreme Court order.  This impeachment calls into question issues about the separation of powers in Sri Lanka and the impact of its absence on democratic institutions.

“The Embassy is also concerned about accounts of violence during several of the protests.  The Embassy calls on all sides to respect the right of peaceful protest and calls on the government to ensure that non-violent protesters are protected.”

“The United States, along with our partners in the international community, continue to urge the Government of Sri Lanka to uphold the rule of law and respect the principles of democratic governance”

  Comments - 34

  • lakmal Friday, 11 January 2013 20:47

    in US judges are impaeched by the senate ? so does that create issue in regards to seperation of powers in us as well?

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    jaya Saturday, 12 January 2013 00:00

    thanks USA via DM Android App

    Reply : 5       25

    Jesica21 Saturday, 12 January 2013 00:38

    If so the US openly says SL govt does not uphold the rule of law.

    Reply : 7       30

    wal alliya Sunday, 13 January 2013 13:52

    There is "A LAW" in SL, but NO JUSTICE!

    Reply : 0       0

    IVJ Saturday, 12 January 2013 00:48

    Don’t waste time urging this Govt., instead do something about it!

    Reply : 17       48

    Jagath Leanage Saturday, 12 January 2013 01:00

    If C.J has a wrong deed she should be removed or punished . Similarly any citizen (President,Prime minister,Minister ,Mp s' who ever) should be punished. What we see is the way she has removed was "INJUSTICE" manner. So how can a general citizen expect Democracy from present government. Therefore, certainly you must intervene to this issue.

    Reply : 8       53

    Jan Saturday, 12 January 2013 01:27

    Lost cause. MR and his goons are taking this country to the point of no return, with the help of Ranil the shameless puppet.

    Reply : 16       64

    ajith Saturday, 12 January 2013 13:08

    What could Ranil do ?

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    Ranil Sunday, 13 January 2013 08:53

    yeah.. I agree um nt strong enough to do anything. you only voted... now flood over the head. this is only I can do for u 'PRAY GOD'

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    Lobo Sunday, 13 January 2013 01:32

    Soon more boats to Australia and this time with middle-class families also.

    Reply : 1       2

    Shan Saturday, 12 January 2013 01:30

    Advice alone is not adequate, act against the hegemony of the politicians to bring back rule of law, which we have lost.

    Reply : 10       35

    Ryan Saturday, 12 January 2013 02:34

    We are deeply concerned about USA killings in Afganistan, Pakistan, Iraq and Gaza. But USA do not seem to concerened about that. How come that they are not concerened about their crimes and worried about our acts against corruption?

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    Machan Saturday, 12 January 2013 03:13

    Off track again and again. We are talking of the deteriorating independent judiciary in Sri Lanka. "The politically blind".

    Reply : 14       40

    dulan Saturday, 12 January 2013 02:35

    Waste of words.

    Reply : 14       5

    Mimi Saturday, 12 January 2013 02:39

    Well, it seems one thing the Rajapaksa regime cannot do is accused the US of doing the same. Over there the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court is NEVER railroaded with false charges, and treated like this. This is not democracy at all.
    It would be interesting to have records of what the Rajapaksa's own, their financial dealings and bank documents too.
    Something tell me it will be shocking.

    Reply : 13       37

    Lucky Weeramantry Saturday, 12 January 2013 02:42

    America Please Don't Isolate Sri Lanka. Teach These Buffalo's What Democracy Is, The People Are Innocent. God Bless America

    Reply : 20       51

    Jan Chandra Sunday, 13 January 2013 11:14

    Why don't you go to America? Green card is easy to obtain. Frankly SL is better off without people like you.

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    Kottoruwa Saturday, 12 January 2013 02:49

    This announcement itself proves that Ranil Wickremasingha's stance to refrain from courts is a perfect blunder. UNP will have to pay this compensation by loosing several seats from Colombo Electoral Districts at next General Election. Educated and middle class have really felt that there is no opposition leader in this country and therefore have decided to vote for JVP. This will be crystal clear at next election.

    Reply : 14       26

    Bandara Saturday, 12 January 2013 05:19

    Exactly! Ranil must take a (probably the) major share of blame for the havoc created by the government. An extremely poor opposition leader.

    Reply : 4       9

    buruwa Saturday, 12 January 2013 03:00

    Are we heading towards to be another Myanmar?

    Well built airports with no flights , Wide carpetted roads with less vehicles, Everybody using foot-bicycles , pro-government army spies everywhere , Extreamly high motor vehicle & petrol prices , No credit cards , No foreign currency transactions, Buddhist monks fighting against government

    At least Myanmar has enough natural resources , but Sri Lanka doesn't

    Reply : 16       45

    Sonna Boy Saturday, 12 January 2013 04:03

    Sanctions Sanctions Sanctions.....

    Reply : 6       22

    Namal Kodithuwakku Saturday, 12 January 2013 04:04

    So what ? You can jump, you can dance, if you want.

    Reply : 21       4

    Boobama Saturday, 12 January 2013 05:18

    Instead of poking fingers into other countries mind your business ''Mr Clean'' UNCLE SAM.

    Reply : 19       9

    Lucky Weeramantry Saturday, 12 January 2013 05:43

    These People Who Lit Crackers And Danced On The Streets Are Hired. They Think This Is An Election Victory.. They Will See Stars When The Sanctions Are Introduced.

    Reply : 6       16

    Lucky Weeramantry Saturday, 12 January 2013 05:53

    NASA Has Predicted Doomsday For Sri Lanka

    Reply : 6       8

    Lucky Weeramantry Saturday, 12 January 2013 06:06

    Listen To Big Brother, They Are The International Police Force, Or We Become Another Libya

    Reply : 5       14

    Wije Saturday, 12 January 2013 08:37

    US embassy statement shows that they have not carefully studied the issue when criticizing the SL government as they should always do, but go by copying comments of some partisan critics. If not it does not require much intelligence to know that Sl has separation of powers almost exactly the same way as in the US. That is why the only way a senior judge could be removed is by impeachment. Also the supreme court order was defective for two reasons: The learned judges deliberately excluded reference to Standing Orders by which the parliament could take a decision. Also the constitution requires five judges to sit in deciding such issues but there were only three. Furthermore, as the Speaker noted that decision was never delivered to the Speaker.

    Reply : 10       7

    bushel Saturday, 12 January 2013 12:03


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    Michael Saturday, 12 January 2013 13:31

    US Citizen deeply concerned about the US Embassy's ignorant remarks.

    Reply : 1       3

    leel Saturday, 12 January 2013 16:07

    MR and his government does not understand what you guys say. Only way to tame this terrorist government is to enforce strong sanctions. West and it friendly countries with India can do it. Then they may understand.

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    Kalana Saturday, 12 January 2013 16:16

    This is how the "USELESS" and spineless imbeciles of the US-State Department justify their pay checks. Sit and warn the chairs at the Department at US tax payers money, Do nothing to act against the brutal and tyrannical regimes but throw an empty word or two....... and move on.

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    Gabo Singho Saturday, 12 January 2013 21:44

    #Kalana. What nonsense are your uttering. The US cannot interfere in every country. They have their own problems to take care of. What is it you anyway, what the State department employees do. ? You are not a US tax payer. They give enough aid to every country in the world. They cannot do everything in this world. Our problems should be solved by us alone.

    Reply : 0       2

    Jan Chandra Sunday, 13 January 2013 11:19

    Well said. Thank you

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    Nihal Weerasinghe Sunday, 13 January 2013 02:44

    worst , corrupted government of the world. Time to hold an election. and time to wipe off all Rajapakshas. This maniac did worst things than pRabakaran

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