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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2703

Shavendra Silva - The Most Wanted Man From Sri Lanka For Crimes Against Humanity

Colombo, 26 June, (Asiantribunecom):

Sri Lanka President continues to be on a collision course with country’s minorities, especially with the Tamil ethnic group by earlier appointing him to the office of Chief of Staff in 9 January 2019 and again extending his period of service by another six months’ time.

It is now gravely alleged that has again failed to give consideration and show concerns to the humanitarian and political consideration and concerns of the Tamil people.

Earlier, Maithripala Srisena, who was introduced as a stop-gap Presidential candidate to end former President Mahinda Rajapaksa getting elected in the 2015 January Presidential election for the third time. United National Party (UNP) announced him as the common candidate and the minority ethnic groups in the country supported him to win in the Presidential election.

Maithripala Srisena who contested as the candidate of the New Democratic Front defeated Mahinda Rajapaksa the incumbent President who contested as the candidate of United Peoples National Front (UPFA).

Mahinda Rajapaksa received 5,768,090 votes whereas the ‘stop gap’ presidential candidate obtained 6,217,162 votes. Almost 84% of the minorities in the country voted for Maithripala Sirisena and contributed in a big way for his victory.

Once becoming the ‘Stop-gap’ President he failed to give concerns to many of the political issues. He nominated almost all those defeated candidates as party list MPs, who were rejected by the people in the July 2015 General Election.

He out-rightly rejected UNHRC’s resolution and adamantly opposed investigations and judicial proceedings against those who were responsible for the killings and inhuman treatments of those Tamils affected in the final stages of the battle against the Tamil terrorist organization – Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

During the battle to end terrorism in Sri Lanka, Major General – at that period a Brigadier, was one of the leading frontline commander who helped defeat the LTTE militarily, as head of Sri Lanka’s notorious 58 Division, an army unit that committed grave violations of international law during a military offensive that killed tens of thousands of Tamils, and now he has been named as the army’s new Chief of Staff.

In 2011, Channel 4 News interviewed an army officer on the front lines of the offensive, who told of the crimes committed by troops from the unit.

He stated, “They shot people at random, stabbed people, raped them, cut out their tongues, cut women’s breasts off. I have witnessed this with my own eyes. I saw the naked dead bodies of women without heads and other parts of their bodies. I saw a lot of small innocent children getting killed in large numbers. I saw people soaked in blood.

They could do whatever they wanted there. It was their empire.”

One of the most disturbing crimes that Silva is accused of directing is the mass murder of surrendering Tamil civilians and LTTE cadres, since dubbed the “White Flag” incident. The officer quoted Silva as telling troops on the frontline;

“This is a very decisive day for us because last night I got a call from the defence secretary. He told me that we only have a small chunk of land left to capture. Do whatever it takes, however it is done… finish it off the way it has to be done.”

Dozens of LTTE leaders, injured cadres and Tamil civilians were massacred by the military as they attempted to surrender. Photographs taken by Sri Lankan troops show Silva standing before the bodies of killed Tamils.

- Asian Tribune -

Major General Shavendrav Silva being appointed as the Chief of Staff by Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Seisena
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