( December 30, 2012, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) Responding to the statement of the Defence Secretary that some local and foreign elements are trying to destabilize the country through the Judiciary, Lawyers for Democracy asks how a Secretary to a Ministry, being a public official, makes such an irresponsible political statement.
Lawyers for Democracy reminds the public that it is the Executive, through selected Members of Parliament in the legislature, that has taken a series of major steps, including an unwarranted politically motivated impeachment of the Chief Justice, to undermine the democratic values of the country. These actions have exposed Sri Lanka for further scrutiny by the international community, who are under international legal obligations to ensure that the member states follow these international obligations. The manner in which the Executive and the state media behave establishes that the Government has destabilized Sri Lanka and its constitutional values. The Lawyers for Democracy states in no uncertain terms that it is the Government and not some of the national or international elements, that are trying to destabilize the country.
Further, the Lawyers for Democracy reminds the public that the State of Sri Lanka is different from the ruling political party and the Government, who are expected to protect the constitution, without intentionally violating the values guaranteed in the constitution.
| The Statement issued by the Lawyers for Democracy in Sri Lanka