Sri Lanka's Judges: Unfit for International Crimes

By Together Against Genocide (TAG), Thursday, May 05 2016

This briefing note based on multiple field visits, observation of court proceedings and interviews of senior legal practitioners in Sri Lanka distils our criticism of the Sri Lankan judiciary into three elements: a lack of independence, a poor attitude towards the protection of fundamental rights and freedoms and lack of competence in the application of international criminal law. We conclude that Sri Lanka’s domestic judges are unfit to try the international crimes found credible by the report of the OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka (OISL) and that a credible tribunal must involve international judges. The full report can be downloaded at