Lankapage Logo CP 19 YEARS
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to LankaPage.com

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* UN Rights Chief 'deeply troubled' by the appointment of Sri Lanka's new army commander
Mon, Aug 19, 2019, 09:20 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 19, Geneva: The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet expressed serious concerns Monday about the appointment of Lieutenant-General Shavendra Silva, who has been alleged of war crimes and crimes against humanity, as the country's new army commander.

"I am deeply troubled by the appointment of Lieutenant-General Shavendra Silva as Commander of the Sri Lankan Army, despite the serious allegations of gross violations of international human rights and humanitarian law against him and his troops during the war," Bachelet said.

The High Commissioner had already described his previous appointment as Army Chief of Staff as a "worrying development' in her last report to the Human Rights Council in March 2019.

Lieutenant-General Silva commanded Sri Lanka's 58 Division during the final stages of the military campaign against the LTTE in 2009, and successive UN investigations have implicated his division in alleged serious violations of international humanitarian and human rights law.

"The promotion of Lieutenant-General General Silva severely compromises Sri Lanka's commitment to promote justice and accountability in the context of Human Rights Council resolution 30/1," Bachelet said.

"It undermines reconciliation efforts, particularly in the eyes of victims and survivors who suffered greatly in the war. It also sets back security sector reform, and is likely to impact on Sri Lanka's ability to continue contributing to UN peacekeeping efforts."

The US embassy in Colombo also expressed concern saying the appointment undermines Sri Lanka's international reputation and its commitments to promote justice and accountability, especially at a time when the need for reconciliation and social unity is paramount.

President Maithripala Sirisena appointed Major General Shavendra Silva as the new Commander of the Army Monday after promoting him to the rank of Lieutenant General.

 

ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories ::
Fort Magistrate orders to bury the body parts of Kingsbury Hotel suicide bomber in the Borella Cemetery
-- [4 hours ago]
Sri Lanka PM says background prepared to create more employment opportunities
-- [4 hours ago]
Sri Lanka's ILO supported National Cooperative Policy becomes a reality
-- [5 hours ago]
Sri Lanka President invites expatriate professionals to serve the country
-- [6 hours ago]
Saudi Fund for Development grants Sri Lanka $ 50 mn loan to establish a medical faculty in Sabaragamuwa University
-- [6 hours ago]
Sri Lanka's economic growth dips to 1.6% in 2nd quarter of 2019 after Easter Sunday attack
-- [7 hours ago]
Sri Lanka Army advises public not to be alarmed over false news published in media
-- [8 hours ago]
Sri Lanka Presidential Elections on November 16
-- [8 hours ago]
Japan provides USD 2 million grant aid for implementation of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda in Sri Lanka
-- [8 hours ago]
Sri Lanka PM says sweeping changes needed for a leapfrog in economy

Copyright © 2000, 2016 by LankaPage.com (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of LankaPage.com, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from LankaPage.com, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.