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Call for foreign monitors to ensure justice
Protesters say Chief Justice's impeachment threatens judiciaryLawyers at an earlier rally for an independent judiciary (file photo)
- ucanews.com reporter, Colombo
- Sri Lanka
- November 9, 2012
The petition will be sent to major international bodies and rights watchdogs including the United Nations, Amnesty International and the Commonwealth Lawyers Association, asking for representatives to monitor the situation, said Achala Kumarasiri, the media spokesman of the Young Lawyers Association.
â€śWe want the international bodies to intervene to protect the independence of the judiciary in Sri Lanka,â€ť said media spokesman Achala Kumarasiri.
An 11-member Parliamentary Select Committee, including seven government appointees, will investigate 14 charges against the Chief Justice, including unexplained wealth and misuse of power.
Activists say the impeachment is a politically motivated attempt to stifle the judiciary's independence.
The Catholic Bishopsâ€™ Conference of Sri Lanka yesterday expressed its concerns that the government's move is threatening the independent and fair functioning of the judiciary.
â€śWe call upon the executive and legislative stakeholders to address this issue and to ensure that the freedom of the judiciary to function as it should is not violated under any circumstances,â€ť Â said a statement signed by Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith and Bishop Norbert Andradi.
Leading Buddhist monks also urged the government to reconsider the impeachment motion. International rights groups and some countries have expressed concern about the impeachment, promptingÂ External Affairs Minister G. L. Peiris to lambast the United States, Germany, and several organizations for their criticism.
â€śSome countries and organizations have denounced the Chief Justiceâ€™s proposed impeachment without knowing much about the issue,â€ť Peiris said.
Chief Justice faces impeachment
Rally demands cut in presidentâ€™s powers