Sri Lanka has obtained a”strong objection” to the U.S. imposing a travel ban on its own Army chief Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, saying that the move is predicated on”unverified information”, later Secretary of State Mike Pompeo explained the allegations of gross human rights violations are credible and serious.
The Sri Lankan government has formally conveyed its own protest to U.S. and obtained a”strong objection” to the travel restrictions put on Mr. Silva and his loved ones, nation’s foreign relations ministry said in a statement on Friday night.
“The government of Sri Lanka asks the US to check the credibility of the resources of advice and also to review its own decision,” the announcement said.
The ministry announcement said that it was unlucky that the U.S. was questioning the prerogative of this Sri Lankan President to punish his Army Commander.
U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo explained that the allegations of gross human rights violations against Silva, recorded by the United Nations and other businesses, are”credible and serious”.
His brigade was accused of assaulting civilians, hospitals and quitting humanitarian supplies to trapped Tamil civilians.
Mr. Silva’s name has been cited in the resolution passed by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) at 2013, hierarchical rights abuses from the Sri Lankan Army
The Sri Lanka Army has denied that the alleged rights abuses.
Following the brutal civil war finished, Silva functioned in New York as Sri Lanka’s Deputy Permanent Representative in the UN Mission.
Based on a United Nations report, a few 45,000 Tamil civilians were murdered in the very last months of this war .
The ban imposed by Mr. Silva’s entrance to the U.S. are under Department 7031 (c) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act.
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