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Restorative justice: Can it pave the way forward?

Daily Mirror A little over a decade ago, Sri Lanka ended a bloody civil war and yet, questions on the country’s approach to justice remain unanswered. As a result, there is a continuing cycle of hate, anger and pain. There is a dire need for change in the nation. Restorative justice – which centres on … Continue reading

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The laws delays and judicial reform

DR UPATISSA PETHIYAGODA (Island) The fact that our legal apparatus is in need of radical reform, is universally accepted. I was astonished to read recently, that in a case of a murder committed in 1999, the accused was sentenced in 2019! This was in a criminal case. The situation In respect of civil suits is … Continue reading

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Death threats and Justice

The death threats made against two well-known pro-democracy activists who challenged the Sri Lankan citizenship of Presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa, if true, should be deplored by all right thinking citizens of this country. According to news reports, soon after the Appeal Court verdict that dismissed their petition against Rajapaksa, petitioners Gamini Viyangoda and Prof. Chandragupta … Continue reading

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Justice and the Police must withstand ethno-politics

Sunday Observer Editorial   In combating terrorism, the state’s security agencies and specialist counter-insurgency units tenaciously hold on to ‘suspects’ rather than risk letting loose potential combatants to possibly wreak havoc. In this country, wracked as we have been by successive insurgencies, every community and many neighbourhoods have experienced detention of their people under Emergency Regulations … Continue reading

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