Sinhalese people http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/25427/all en UPDATE 2-Sri Lankan parliament votes to impeach chief justice http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130111/update-2-sri-lankan-parliament-votes-impeach-chief-justice <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Opposition lawmakers see constitutional crisis</p> <p>* Bandaranayake was country's first female chief justice</p> <p>* Supreme Court ruled impeachment process not legal</p> <p>*</p> <p>By Shihar Aneez and Ranga Sirilal</p> <p>COLOMBO, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka faced a possible constitutional crisis on Friday after its parliament voted to impeach the chief justice, disregarding rulings from the Supreme Court that the process was illegal and threatened judicial independence.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130111/update-2-sri-lankan-parliament-votes-impeach-chief-justice" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Hospitality Law Politics Politics of Sri Lanka Sinhalese people Sri Lanka Technology Thomson Reuters Fri, 11 Jan 2013 15:30:40 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5733194 at http://www.globalpost.com Sri Lanka's Rajapaksa removes chief justice after impeachment http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130113/sri-lankas-rajapaksa-removes-chief-justice-after-impeachment <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Shihar Aneez and Ranga Sirilal</p> <p>COLOMBO, Jan 13 (Reuters) - President Mahinda Rajapaksa removed Sri Lanka's chief justice from office with immediate effect on Sunday, defying a Supreme Court ruling that the impeachment process was illegal and setting the stage for a possible constitutional crisis.</p> <p>Rajapaksa's ruling party voted to impeach Shirani Bandaranayake, Sri Lanka's first female chief justice, on Friday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130113/sri-lankas-rajapaksa-removes-chief-justice-after-impeachment" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Hospitality Law Mahinda Rajapaksa Politics Politics of Sri Lanka Sinhalese people Sri Lanka Technology Thomson Reuters Sun, 13 Jan 2013 14:01:18 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5733787 at http://www.globalpost.com Sri Lanka president picks ally as chief justice, lawyers protest http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130115/sri-lanka-president-picks-ally-chief-justice-lawyers-protest <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Elite police force deployed at Supreme Court</p> <p>* Lawyers protest against the appointment</p> <p>* Supreme Court says removal of former justice illegal</p> <p>By Shihar Aneez and Ranga Sirilal</p> <p>COLOMBO, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's President Mahindra Rajapaksa appointed a close ally as chief justice on Tuesday, two days after he controversially sacked the country's top judge for impeachment in the face of opposition from the Supreme Court.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130115/sri-lanka-president-picks-ally-chief-justice-lawyers-protest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Hospitality Law Mahinda Rajapaksa Politics Sinhalese people Sri Lanka Technology Thomson Reuters Tue, 15 Jan 2013 12:15:37 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5734651 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-Sri Lanka president picks ally as chief justice http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130115/update-1-sri-lanka-president-picks-ally-chief-justice <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Justice sworn in amid tight security</p> <p>* Bandaranayake says still legitimate chief justice</p> <p>* Lawyers protest appointment</p> <p>* Supreme Court says removal of justice illegal</p> <p>By Shihar Aneez and Ranga Sirilal</p> <p>COLOMBO, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa appointed a close ally as chief justice on Tuesday, two days after he controversially sacked the country's top judge for impeachment despite opposition from the Supreme Court.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130115/update-1-sri-lanka-president-picks-ally-chief-justice" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Government Hospitality Law Politics Sinhalese people Sri Lanka Technology Thomson Reuters Tue, 15 Jan 2013 16:30:16 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5734811 at http://www.globalpost.com U.N. human rights boss slams Sri Lanka over chief justice http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130118/un-human-rights-boss-slams-sri-lanka-over-chief-justice <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>GENEVA, Jan 18 (Reuters) - United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay has accused Sri Lanka of "gross interference" in the judiciary, warning that its removal of the chief justice could jeopardise efforts to prosecute war crimes.</p> <p>Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa appointed a close ally as chief justice on Tuesday, two days after sacking the previous top judge for impeachment despite opposition from the Supreme Court.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130118/un-human-rights-boss-slams-sri-lanka-over-chief-justice" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Hospitality Law Old Royalists Politics Shirani Bandaranayake Sinhalese people Thomson Reuters Fri, 18 Jan 2013 17:30:24 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5736255 at http://www.globalpost.com Sri Lanka extends police detention of suspects amid protests http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130122/sri-lanka-extends-police-detention-suspects-amid-protests <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>COLOMBO, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka approved legislation on Tuesday allowing police to hold suspects for up to 48 hours without a warrant amid street protests accusing the government of acting to suppress dissent.</p> <p>Rights groups assert that Sri Lanka, which has a long history of police impunity, of continuing to violate human rights despite the end of a three-decade-long war with Tamil Tiger separatists in May 2009.</p> <p>Police in the South Asian nation previously could detain suspects without charge for 24 hours.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130122/sri-lanka-extends-police-detention-suspects-amid-protests" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Hospitality Law Politics Politics of Sri Lanka Sinhalese people Sri Lanka Thomson Reuters Tue, 22 Jan 2013 21:15:30 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5738004 at http://www.globalpost.com World judges condemn Sri Lanka on chief justice sacking http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130123/world-judges-condemn-sri-lanka-chief-justice-sacking <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>GENEVA, Jan 23 (Reuters) - Leading judges and jurists from around the world, many from developing countries, on Wednesday condemned the Sri Lankan government's sacking of the country's chief justice, arguing it violated international law.</p> <p>The 44-strong group, all members of the Geneva Centre for the Independence of Judges and Lawyers (CIJL), called for the immediate reinstatement of Shirani Bandaranayake.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130123/world-judges-condemn-sri-lanka-chief-justice-sacking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Politics of Sri Lanka Sinhalese people Sri Lanka Thomson Reuters Wed, 23 Jan 2013 16:00:19 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5738355 at http://www.globalpost.com Cricket-Jayasuriya named Sri Lanka's chairman of selectors http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130128/cricket-jayasuriya-named-sri-lankas-chairman-selectors <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>COLOMBO, Jan 28 (Reuters) - Former Sri Lanka cricketer turned politician Sanath Jayasuriya was appointed chairman of selectors in a new-look five-member committee named by sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage on Monday.</p> <p>Jayasuriya, 43, is joined by 1996 World Cup winning team mate Pramodya Wickramasinghe.</p> <p>Former Sri Lanka players Hemantha Wickramaratne, Eric Upashantha and Chaminda Mendis were the other selectors appointed.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130128/cricket-jayasuriya-named-sri-lankas-chairman-selectors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cricket Cricket in Sri Lanka Politics Sinhalese people Thomson Reuters Mon, 28 Jan 2013 15:16:08 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5740508 at http://www.globalpost.com U.S. to criticise Sri Lanka at U.N. rights council http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130128/us-criticise-sri-lanka-at-un-rights-council <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>COLOMBO, Jan 28 (Reuters) - The United States will deliver a sharp public rebuke to Sri Lanka at the U.N. Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in March for failing to pursue those responsible for abuses as government forces were crushing Tamil rebels in 2009, officials said on Monday.</p> <p>A three-member U.S. delegation is in Colombo on a five-day visit to discuss issues including progress in implementing the recommendations of Sri Lanka's own official investigation into the war, which called for the prosecution of soldiers suspected of killing civilians.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130128/us-criticise-sri-lanka-at-un-rights-council" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mahinda Rajapaksa Sinhalese people Social Issues Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Thomson Reuters Mon, 28 Jan 2013 20:30:27 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5740730 at http://www.globalpost.com Sri Lanka bars human rights panel from visiting country http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130203/sri-lanka-bars-human-rights-panel-visiting-country <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Ranga Sirilal and Shihar Aneez</p> <p>COLOMBO, Feb 3 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka said on Sunday it would not allow into the country an international human rights panel due to visit after the government's controversial sacking of the chief justice.</p> <p>A four-member delegation of the International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute was scheduled to be in Colombo on Feb. 1-10 to assess the country's rule of law after the removal of Shirani Bandaranayake, Sri Lanka's first woman head of the Supreme Court on Jan. 13.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130203/sri-lanka-bars-human-rights-panel-visiting-country" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Government Hospitality Law Politics Sinhalese people Social Issues Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Thomson Reuters Sun, 03 Feb 2013 21:30:44 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5744804 at http://www.globalpost.com Sri Lanka frees 1,270 convicts on independence day http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/sri-lanka-frees-1270-convicts-independence-day <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Sri Lanka on Monday freed some 1,270 convicts in line with a presidential pardon to mark the country's 65th anniversary of independence from Britain, an official said.</p> <p>Prisons Commissioner P. W. Kodippili said President Mahinda Rajapakse had granted a pardon to convicts serving time for minor offences.</p> <p>Among those freed for 150 convicts, including 13 women, from the country's maximum security Welikada prison where police and security forces opened fire and killed 27 inmates in November while trying to control a riot.</p> <p>aj/co/ia</p> Government Sinhalese people Sri Lanka AFP Mon, 04 Feb 2013 13:00:39 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5745301 at http://www.globalpost.com Afghan deployment report causes stir in Sri Lanka http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/afghan-deployment-report-causes-stir-in-sri-lanka <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Sri Lanka said Tuesday it had rejected a US request to send troops to Afghanistan but retracted the claim within hours, triggering angry responses on social media about the government's credibility.</p> <p>"President Mahinda Rajapakse has rejected a call by US to send Lankan troops to Afghanistan," the government's information department said in an SMS news alert which was immediately rebroadcast by almost all local media outlets.</p> <p>US diplomats in Colombo appeared puzzled over the Sri Lankan government claim and privately said that there was no pending request.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/afghan-deployment-report-causes-stir-in-sri-lanka" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mahinda Rajapaksa Politics Sinhalese people Sri Lanka War AFP Tue, 05 Feb 2013 08:15:28 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5746111 at http://www.globalpost.com Commonwealth pushes Sri Lanka on judicial independence http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130210/commonwealth-pushes-sri-lanka-judicial-independence <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The Commonwealth Secretary-General opened talks with Sri Lanka on Sunday by pushing for judicial independence on the island, as Canada renewed calls to boycott the bloc's summit in Colombo later this year.</p> <p>Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma is holding talks with Sri Lankan leaders in Colombo on the rule of law and the separation of powers after the island defied international appeals and sacked its chief justice in January, the bloc said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130210/commonwealth-pushes-sri-lanka-judicial-independence" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Republics Sinhalese people Sri Lanka Sri Lanka AFP Sun, 10 Feb 2013 11:15:21 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5751630 at http://www.globalpost.com FACTBOX-Key political risks to watch in Sri Lanka http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130213/factbox-key-political-risks-watch-sri-lanka <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Shihar Aneez</p> <p>COLOMBO, Feb 13 (Reuters) - President Mahinda Rajapaksa is under fire from the U.N. Human Rights Council, which last year adopted a United States-sponsored resolution demanding that Sri Lanka ensure government troops who committed war crimes during the final stages of its war against Tamil rebels are brought to justice.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130213/factbox-key-political-risks-watch-sri-lanka" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government Sinhalese people Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Technology Thomson Reuters Wed, 13 Feb 2013 23:45:49 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5755144 at http://www.globalpost.com Sri Lanka journalist shot and wounded: police http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/sri-lanka-journalist-shot-and-wounded-police <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Gunmen shot and wounded a Sri Lankan journalist near the capital Colombo, police said Saturday, the latest in a string of attacks on the island's media.</p> <p>Faraz Shauketaly, a reporter with the privately-run Sunday Leader whose editor was shot dead in 2009, was rushed to hospital for surgery following the midnight attack at his home, according to his colleagues.</p> <p>"Investigations are underway," police said in a statement but did not elaborate on the unidentified gunmen or the motive for the shooting.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130215/sri-lanka-journalist-shot-and-wounded-police" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Disaster Labor Lasantha Wickrematunge Law Sinhalese people Sri Lanka Sri Lanka AFP Sat, 16 Feb 2013 03:45:26 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5757347 at http://www.globalpost.com