UNSG’s Panel of Experts (PoE) Yasmin Sooka called wartime General Officer Commanding (GoC) of the celebrated 58 Division Maj. Gen Shavendra Silva a notorious war criminal. The PoE comprised former Attorney General of Indonesia Marzuki Darusman, Steven Ratner of the US and Sooka.
The 58 Division led by General Officer Commanding (GoC) Maj. Gen Shavendra Silva led the Sri Lankan Army from northwestern Mannar to the final battlegrounds across the Vanni and had killed thousands of Tamil Civilians. The 58 Division is accused of Rape and taucher on the Tamils during this battle which fales under War crime and human rights violations.
Moreover the media in Sri Lanka has quoted Major General Silva as saying the funds … In addition, Shavendra Silva’s alleged role in war crimes has been …
In a letter to Coca Cola Company, Sooka, in her present capacity as the Executive Director, International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) criticized the US multinational for sponsoring Gajaba Supercoss 2017 held at Saliyapura, Anuradhapura in August.
Sooka faulted Coca Cola for supporting the event organised by the Gajaba Regiment, accusing it of being responsible for war crimes and human rights violations over the past several decades. Citing the OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka, Sooka sought an explanation from Coca Cola as to how the company financed an event organised by former GoC of the 58 Division blamed for war crimes.
Sooka had demanded Coca Cola to cease involvement with those SLA formations and officers allegedly implicated in war crimes, take disciplinary action against those responsible for the sponsorship and apologize to people affected by SLA actions during the conflict.
Sri Lanka’s ex-Major General Shavendra Silva, who killed surrendering Tamil Tigers, and is accused of war crimes, is turned to a UN Peacekeeping adviser to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. – Source
Earlier Australia denied Maj. Gen. Chagi Gallage also of the Gajaba Regiment a visa over UN allegations.
27 Jul 2011 – Sri Lanka ‘war crimes‘ soldiers ordered to ‘finish the job’ … of ordering BrigadierShavendra Silva to execute Tamil rebel leaders, whose safe … After repeated requests for an interview with Shavendra Silva – now retired and promoted to the rank of major-general … This is the notorious‘White Flag Incident.
5 Apr 2012 – Diplomat facing allegations of crimes against humanity is set to return to … the FCO over its failure to confront Major General Prasanna de Silva .
17 Sep 2015 – UN releases most detailed account yet of alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka, putting … is one of several notorious allegations of war crimes — including the … Maj. Gen. Shavendra Silva, for example, who was in command of the …
Since the end of Eelam War IV (the final phase of a ‘civil war’ in Sri Lanka … the Sri Lankan war criminal Shavendra Silva (a Major General of the Army … This clearly shows how the UN has become a home to the most notorious war criminals.
27 Jan 2012 – Major General Shavendra Silva, Sri Lanka’s deputy ambassador to the UN, is the subject of a lawsuit in the US accusing him of war crimes.
29 Jan 2012 – Sri Lankan General Admits War Crimes; US May Hold Crucial Supporting Evidence … Samaweera also remarked, “The notorious white van abductions … have been …. Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Brigadier Shavendra Silva.” … of the claims made by witnesses in a major news story by Channel 4.