June 15, 2022
Attorney General Rajaratnam, dear colleagues and friends;
It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to this workshop on digital evidence, which reflects the longstanding and ongoing cooperation between the United States and Sri Lanka in advancing justice and the state. by right.
I would like to thank everyone who is here with us today, especially our fellow prosecutors from the Ministry of the Attorney General and our fellow investigators from the Criminal Investigations Division, who helped organize this event. And I also warmly welcome the Hon. David O. Carter of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Justice Carter is traveling to the Maldives and Sri Lanka this week to share his expertise, wisdom and enthusiasm with participants here and, later, with Sri Lankan judges.
Sri Lanka is facing some of the most serious economic challenges it has ever faced, and I know how difficult the past few months have been for the people of this country. The United States is committed to supporting our Sri Lankan partners during these difficult times, especially through our continued efforts to promote economic prosperity, food security, and inclusive governance. Strengthening Sri Lanka’s criminal justice sector is an essential part of these efforts. The rule of law, equal access to justice and accountability are the pillars of all democratic legal systems and are essential to the safety and well-being of all Sri Lankan citizens.
And I think it’s because of today’s challenges that initiatives like this digital evidence workshop give value to our work: doing our part to help the people and government of Sri Lanka seek best practices in the field of criminal justice in general, and digital evidence in particular .
Computers and the Internet unite us, providing opportunities for friendship, commerce and education. Unfortunately, they also have a dark side, providing opportunities for crime. Criminals do not respect national borders. As crime becomes more sophisticated, so must police and prosecutors. The United States is pleased to share with you the expertise of American and Sri Lankan judges and lawyers. Our goal is to provide you with not only the most up-to-date information on digital evidence, but also to facilitate the building of relationships that will serve the mutual interests of our countries for years to come.
And of course, none of this work would be possible without the help of the dedicated law enforcement professionals who represent Sri Lanka here today. From official to official, thank you for your service. The work you all do has a great purpose: to not only strengthen and increase the capacity of your justice sector, but to build public confidence in the democratic institutions of this country.
I want to once again thank everyone here, Attorney General Rajaratnam and our colleagues from Sri Lanka for their hard work, dedication and continued partnership.