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New Army Commander’s appointment

UN rights chief ‘troubled’

GENEVA (AFP) - UN Rights Chief Michelle Bachelet said Monday (Aug 19) she is “deeply troubled” by Sri Lanka’s appointment of an accused war criminal as army chief, as global concern mounts over the nomination.

Lt. General Shavendra Silva, 55, was elevated to the army’s second-highest position of chief of staff in January before his latest promotion by President Maithripala Sirisena to commander of the Sri Lankan army. “The promotion of Lieutenant-General Shavendra Silva severely compromises Sri Lanka’s commitment to promote justice and accountability,” Bachelet said in a statement.

Silva, who commanded an army division in the long-running civil war with Tamil separatists, has been accused by the United Nations of war crimes during the conflict’s final stages.

“I am deeply troubled by the appointment ... despite the serious allegations of gross violations of international human rights and humanitarian law against him and his troops during the war,” Bachelet said.


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