Aug 21, 2019

Sajith faction supports Shavendra as international pressure mounts

International Human Rights Organisation Human Rights Watch has expressed dissatisfaction over the appointment of Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva as the new Army Commander.

In a statement they said that this move could seriously jeopardise Sri Lanka’s journey towards reconciliation and reintegration.

Meanwhile, the European Union (EU), too, has raised its concerns over the promotion of Lieutenant-General Shavendra Silva as Commander of the Sri Lanka Army, stating that ‘it sends a worrying message to victims and survivors of the war’.

Civil Society disgruntlement

Meanwhile, civil society organisations have expressed disgruntlement over congratulatory messages posted by the UNP Sajith faction spokesman Ajith P. Perera on the appointment of Shavendra Silva as the new Army Commander.

Issuing a statement the Convenor of the Civil Society and Unions Collective ‘Right to life’ Phillip Dissanayake told Sri Lanka Mirror that if Sajith Premadasa’s faction is already rejoicing about the appointment of a person who is facing war crimes allegations, it is unimaginable of how they would act in the event they are appointed to power.

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