Contempt of court in Sri Lanka

SRI LANKA: Will the Bar Association seriously defend the survival of the legal profession and judicial independence

The Sunday Times reported that the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) has decided to intervene in the contempt of court case filed by seven senior lawyers against Minister Rishad Bathuideen over the threats he is alleged to have made to the Mannar magistrate. Earlier these seven lawyers, Geoffrey Alagaratnam PC, Sunil Cooray, Lal Wijeyanayake, […]

SRI LANKA: Editor discharged from contempt of court charges

On the 25th August, the Supreme Court discharged the editor of the Lanka Irida newspaper, Chandana Sirimalwatte from charges of contempt of court. Earlier he had been given notice of the issue of a rule against him for a publication. However, the court did not issue this rule and instead discharged him of the charge. […]

SRI LANKA: Human rights organizations should urgently address the Contempt of Court issue

In times of serious repression such as the situation that Sri Lanka is faced with now, the courts are the citizen’s last resort. If the citizens are intimidated from seeking redress from the courts the people lose even that last resort. Therefore, protecting the people rights to have access to court is of great importance. […]

SRI LANKA: Online petition for speedy passing of a law on contempt of court in Sri Lanka

The Asian Human Rights Commission has launched an online petition calling on the Sri Lankan Government to speedily enact a law on contempt of court.  (Hong Kong, July 29, 2010) The absence of a law relating to contempt to court has remained a matter of concern in Sri Lanka. Due to serious anxieties arising from […]

SRI LANKA: The Supreme Court must use its authority to expedite the passing of a law on contempt of court

On two occasions the United Nations Human Rights Committee has viewed that the GoSL has abused contempt of court laws The Human Rights Committee of the United Nations has found that the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka has abused its contempt of court powers in the case of Anthony Michael Emmanuel Fernando (CCPR/C/83/D/1189/2003—29th April, 2005). […]

SRI LANKA: Draft Contempt of Court Act must be enacted promptly

In an attempt to fill Sri Lanka’s legal lacuna, the Bar Association of Sri Lanka has adopted a draft Contempt of Court Act to be submitted to the government this month, March 2005. The draft broadly incorporates principles embodied in the United Kingdom Contempt of Court Act (1981) and the Indian Contempt of Court Act […]

SRI LANKA: Landmark U.N. Human Rights Committee decision finds that Sri Lankan state violated the rights of Tony Fernando

In a landmark judgment, the U.N. Human Rights Committee has held that Sri Lanka, as a state party to the Optional Protocol of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, violated one of its citizen’s rights by arbitrarily detaining him for one year because of alleged contempt of court. The Committee, in its decision […]

SRI LANKA: Contempt of justice causes legalised cruelty

It emerged over the weekend that there had been some kind of deal to keep a former Sri Lankan government minister out of jail on contempt of court charges, but it fell through. Reaction to the jailing of S B Dissanayake for two years on December 7 concentrated on the fact that this deal had […]

UPDATE (SRI LANKA): Michael Anthony Fernando freed after being given an Asian human rights award

SRI LANKA: Update on Michael Anthony Fernando (Tony) ———————————————————————- Dear friends The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is very happy to inform you that Michael Anthony Fernando (Tony), a trade unionist as well as human rights activist, was freed on 17 October 2003 after being declared as a winner of the inaugural Human Rights Defenders […]

SRI LANKA: Update on Mr Michael Anthony Emmanuel Fernando (‘Tony’)

Dear Friends Update on Tony Fernando’s case: Select Committee of Parliament- on Contempt of Court Law We are pleased to be able to give you some good news surrounding the case of Mr Michael Anthony Emmanuel Fernando (‘Tony’). A Select Committee has been appointed to inquire into, and report on, the law relating to Contempt […]

SRI LANKA: Regarding the torture and contempt of court case of Anthony Michael Fernando

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has carefully studied the complaint of torture made by Anthony Michael Emmanuel Fernando on 16 February 2003 and the previous contempt of court case against him. We reproduce below the full judgement (Ref: S.C.(F/F) No. 55/2003 or 6 February 2003) of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka on the […]