TORTURE: ASIAN AND GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES | AUGUST 2012
VOLUME 01 NUMBER 03
by KISHALI PINTO-JAYAWARDENA
Some Preliminary Observations
The nature of Sri Lanka’s accountability problem has its roots in the past, the understanding of which is crucial in contextualizing the nature of current dilemmas relating to the country’s legal system and which has a direct bearing on the violations alleged to have occurred during the final stages of the war between the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the North and East.
Kishali Pinto-Jayawardena has litigated in regard to civil liberties and has (during 2008-2011) authored/ co-authored four books published locally and internationally on Sri Lanka’s Rule of Law systems in reference to the right to freedom against torture, the right to habeas corpus, the criminal justice system and Commissions of Inquiry. She is the Colombo based Sunday Times’ editorial (legal) consultant contributing a regular column on rights and the law and is also the (consultant) Deputy Director, Law & Society Trust.