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General accused of war crimes appointed Sri Lanka army chief

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A general accused of war crimes was Monday appointed Sri Lanka army chief, prompting international criticism and warnings his selection undermined efforts to ensure accountability after the country’s long-running civil war.

UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet said she was “deeply troubled” by Colombo’s appointment of Major General Shavendra Silva.

The United Nations has accused him of committing war crimes during the final stages of Sri Lanka’s separatist conflict.

“I am deeply troubled by the appointment … despite the serious allegations of gross violations of international human rights and humanitarian law against him and his troops during the war,” Bachelet said.

Silva’s appointment to the highest position in the Sri Lankan army compromised Colombo’s commitment to promote justice and accountability, she said, adding that it could jeopardise the........

© Asian Correspondent