Facebook icon
Twitter icon
e-mail icon

Rewarding war criminals – Sri Lanka’s president promotes army commanders

Sri Lanka’s president announced that five senior Brigadiers of the Army have been promoted to the rank of Major General, as part of a series of promotions issued last month.

The five senior Brigadiers are reported to have been active during the Sri Lankan military offensive which culminated in May 2009 and saw tens of thousands of Tamils massacred.

An official military website reports that the five “while serving either as Support, Infantry or Service arms or in combat have played praiseworthy roles during Humanitarian Operations and rendered a yeoman service to the country in the fight against terrorism and separatism”.

Meanwhile 34 Captains were also promoted to the rank of temporary Major.

The move by Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena comes as he reiterated his defence of the Sri Lankan military and boasted of how he has stopped them from being tried for war crimes.





We need your support

Sri Lanka is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a journalist. Tamil journalists are particularly at threat, with at least 41 media workers known to have been killed by the Sri Lankan state or its paramilitaries during and after the armed conflict.

Despite the risks, our team on the ground remain committed to providing detailed and accurate reporting of developments in the Tamil homeland, across the island and around the world, as well as providing expert analysis and insight from the Tamil point of view

We need your support in keeping our journalism going. Support our work today.