Sri Lanka’s Army Chief Forbidden from Entering the US

The United States said it would refuse entry to Sri Lanka’s army chief on Friday over “credible” reports of violations of human rights in the bloody 2009 finale to the civil war.

Shavendra Silva who is Lieutenant General nomination drew broad international criticism last year. He will not be able to visit the United States, as will his immediate family, Mike Pompeo, State Secretary said.

In the final months of the military offensive against Tamil Tiger rebels during 2009. Silva was the commander of an army division in the northern war zone of the island. Rights groups say that in mass atrocities some 40,000 ethnic Tamils were killed. It was due to government forces captured the largely Tamil north of Sri Lanka. In a report on the charges, the UN said Silva played an important role in the orchestration of war crimes.

The 2009 attack brought a death blow to the Tamil Tigers. Almost four-decade fight for a separate nation killed 100,000 people. It was marked by bloody suicide attacks from the rebels. Pompeo nevertheless said the U.S. hoped to maintain security cooperation with Sri Lanka. It rocks last year by Islamic extremists ‘ Easter Sunday bombings.

Governments in Sri Lanka have rejected calls for an independent inquiry. Also, into the actions of troops over the final months of the war.

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