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* Sri Lanka under obligation to implement the Latimer House Principles - Opposition
Tue, Jan 8, 2013, 09:01 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 08, Colombo: Sri Lanka as a Commonwealth nation is under obligation to implement the Latimer House Principles, the main opposition United National Party (UNP) says.

Issuing a statement, the UNP has pointed out that the law with regard to the impeachment of judges in Commonwealth countries has changed after adopting the Latimer House Principles in 2003.

"Sri Lanka as a member of the Commonwealth is under obligation to implement this Resolution. The Commonwealth reiterated its commitment not only to the Latimer House principles but also to the political values of the Commonwealth at the Porto Spain Declaration in Trinidad and Tobago in 2009," the UNP has stated.

"Therefore the UNP calls on President Rajapaksa and his government to enact as urgent legislation the Private Members Bill titled 'Removal of Judges of the Supreme Courts' of which Member of Parliament Wijedasa Rajapakse, PC, has given notice. This would be in keeping with the decision of the judgment of the Supreme Court," the party has added.

The UNP says, it is the duty of Parliament to uphold the independence of the judiciary as envisaged in the Constitution so succinctly stated in the preamble.

According to Latimer House Principles relations between parliament and the judiciary should be governed by respect for parliament's primary responsibility for law making on the one hand and for the judiciary's responsibility for the interpretation and application of the law on the other hand.



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