Allegations against Shavendra Silva are 'serious and credible' - the US

Wednesday October 23, 2019

The US has said it will press ahead with its human rights agenda regardless of who wins the upcoming presidential election in Sri Lanka.


Testifying before the Congressional Foreign Affairs Committee, Alice Wells, the acting secretary of state for South Asia, said her government considers the allegations against the Sri Lankan Military Commander Lt. General Shavendra Silva are 'serious and credible.'


Meanwhile, speaking at the same congressional hearing, Robert Destro, the official in charge of human rights at the US Department of State said: 'We have made it clear to the Sri Lankan president and other senior officials that Silva’s promotion to army commander will significantly curtail bilateral cooperation with the Sri Lankan Army under U.S. law, while accountability for Silva and other perpetrators could lead to easing restrictions and greater military engagement.'

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