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Shavendra Silva denies reports of SL Army rapes – Inner City Press

Sri Lanka’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN denied reports of rape committed by the Sri Lankan Army during the armed conflict at a closed door meeting about rape during the conflict at the Canadian Mission to the UN on Tuesday, reported Inner City Press.

Sources told the Inner City Press that Silva claimed that "certain organisations are propagating false allegations, they are repeated by different organisations and form an opinion."

Canadian Permanent Representative Guillermo Rishchynski is reported to have spoken of a risk of further violence in Sri Lanka, as none of underlying causes of conflict have been dealt with. He also expressed regret for the harassment of civil society in wake of Navi Pillay's visit.

Also in attendance were representatives of Norway, the United States and United Kingdom, Nigeria, Japan, Pakistan, Montenegro and South Africa.

Shavendra Silva, a former senior military leader, is a suspected war criminal, and evidence that soldiers under his command committed war crimes was included in the UN Panel of Experts report on Sri Lanka.

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