Sri Lanka is fast moving towards a military state and is now promoting alleged war criminals to top posts in Military and Government Departments.
The appointment of Lt. General Shavendra Silva: Lt Gen Shavendra Silva’s name was mentioned in the resolution passed by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in 2013, alleging rights abuses by the Sri Lankan Army.
Defence Secretary Major General [Retd.] Kamal Gunaratne is a long associate of Rajapaksa family and played a key role in organising his presidential election campaign. The former major general commanded the Army’s 53rd division during the final phase of the brutal war and has been accused of gross human rights abuses. An estimated 70,000 civilians were killed in the conflict as per UN Reports.