UK Reiterates Concerns Over Shavendra Silva's Appointment As Army Commander: Says It Undermines Sri Lanka's Reconciliation Efforts

September 11, 2019

The United Kingdom reiterated its concerns over the appointment of Lt. General Shavendra Silva as Army Commander saying it severely compromises Sri Lanka’s commitment to promote justice and accountability and undermines reconciliation efforts.

"The core group believes that it is vital for peace and prosperity that Sri Lanka builds confidence in its commitment to protecting political space and human rights," UK's International Ambassador for Human Rights, Rita French said, delivering the core group statement at the UN Human Rights Council.

She also said, "There have been important developments since 2015 which demonstrate good intentions on the part of the Government and reflect the work of many committed individuals. Some key domestic institutions have been established. However, the pace of progress has remained slow in many areas, with bureaucratic constraints hampering delivery."

"This Council has been seized with the situation in Sri Lanka over many years and has made an essential contribution towards addressing serious violations of the past. But this work remains incomplete, and requires our ongoing attention. It is vital that this Council and the international community continues to give the necessary attention and support to Sri Lanka as it continues on the path towards enduring peace and reconciliation."

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