Office+of+the+High+Commissioner+for+Human+Rights+makes+an+announcement+regarding+the+appointment+of+Shavendra+Silva
Tuesday, 20 August 2019 - 7:47
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights makes an announcement regarding the appointment of Shavendra Silva
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The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet expressed serious concerns about the appointment of Lieutenant-General Shavendra Silva, who has been alleged of human rights violations during the war, as the country's new army commander.

Bachelet said 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.

She added that It undermines reconciliation efforts and 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.
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