Last week’s decision of the UN Human Rights Committee
sitting in Geneva on the S.B. Dissanayake case has created a tricky
situation for the Sri Lanka government with implications for the extension
of GSP+ as well as legal questions on whether a foreign body could be
permitted to upset/modify a judgment of the Supreme Court.
``That would be doing violence to our sovereignty,’’ senior legal sources said. He said that the President had the power to grant a free pardon and remove whatever disabilities that applies to Mr. Dissanayake. ``That is another matter altogether.’’
The historic annual Kandy Esala Perahera, which commenced under an unprecedented security dragnet last week, parading the streets of the ancient hill capital in all its grandeur.(Pic by Thivanka Abeyratne)
JHU and unions lash govt.
for protecting Mervin
The government is under heavy flak for shielding Labour Minister Mervin Silva with the JHU, a constituent of the SLFP-led coalition, and trade unions joining the insistent call for action against the National List MP and his henchmen.
SLAF UAV makes emergency
landing in Anuradhapura
An Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) on a reconnaissance mission over the Vanni region has made an emergency landing near Nuwarawewa in Anuradhapura on Friday morning as a result of a technical failure, an SLAF spokesman said.