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State Dept. on Impeachment of Sri Lankan Chief Justice

02 November 2012

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesperson
November 2, 2012

STATEMENT BY SPOKESPERSON VICTORIA NULAND

Impeachment Proceedings Brought Against Sri Lankan Chief Justice

The United States is concerned by actions taken to impeach Sri Lankan Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake. We also note with concern recent threats to Sri Lankan judicial officials, including the assault last month on a judge who had publicly criticized government pressure on members of the judiciary. We urge the Government of Sri Lanka to avoid any action that would impede the efficacy and independence of Sri Lanka’s judiciary.

The United States, along with our partners in the international community, continues to urge Sri Lanka to address outstanding issues of the rule of law, democratic governance, accountability and reconciliation.