28 June, 2022


A Full Meeting Of The UK Bar Council Resolution Supports The Rights Of Sri Lankan Judges And Lawyers

A full meeting of the Bar Council on April 23, 2013, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has resolved to support the right of Sri Lankan judges and lawyers to adjudicate and practise law freely, fairly and independently. The resolution comes following the impeachment of Sri Lanka’s Chief Justice, Shirani Bandaranayake.

Maura McGowan QC

Maura McGowan QC, Chairman of the Bar, said:

“The Bar Council of England and Wales is extremely concerned about the impeachment of Shirani Bandaranayake, which we believe constitutes a grave threat to the independence of the judiciary in Sri Lanka and to the Rule of Law.

The Bar Council condemns this action and seeks to offer its vocal support for judges and lawyers across Sri Lanka.

The Rule of Law is essential to any functioning and democratic society, to ensure that its most vulnerable can enjoy effective access to justice.”

For further information, please contact the Bar Council Press Office on 020 7222 2525 or Press@BarCouncil.org.uk.

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    Please write to the Mr. Sharma who heads the Commonwealth of Clowns to stay away from patronizing and boosting the Mahinda Rajapakse regime with this CHOGM meeting to be held in the Rajapassa homeland – Hambantota.

    The Lanka military dictator wants desperately to show off to the naive masses in his hometown that he is a great world leader!

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    Dream of being a great world leader is real in the psyche of a leader as well as the masses of SL. Responding to this frailty a sedate and respected Minister, Maithripala Senanayake following the Non-Aligned Conference in 1976 and preceding the elections of 1977 said that Srimavo is now leader of two-thirds of the world. Bernard Soysa swift in his response said, Genghis Khan aspired to be a world leader but failed. Alexander the Great wanted to conquer the world and was unable to. But S had conquered two- thirds. In a few months she was less than decimated. So be it with present day ambitions.

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    Whatever good sense The UK bar council or thousands of other bodies of respect and repute of the world say, wouldn’t sink into the thick skull of those who are in power in Sri Lanka. They are not made of or brought up with that kind of material to understand these things. It’s very sad and pathetic situation for Sri Lanka and it’s people, I wonder when all these going to end for them to have good life.

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