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General Shavendra Silva is seen at the Ampara Air Force camp in eastern Sri Lanka August 24, 2009. Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena has appointed a general whose forces have been credibly accused of war crimes as the commander of the national army. The move would seem to confirm the fears of those like Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera, who, back in March, supported the United Nations Human Rights Council’s extension of its 2015 resolution on Sri Lanka. The extension, which Sirisena and other top officials openly opposed , seeks justice and accountability for violations committed during the 26-year civil war that ended in 2009. “The sad reality is, then, that there are thos... Full story

22 August