Facebook icon
Twitter icon
e-mail icon

Sri Lankan troops to be deployed on UN mission despite apparent ban

Accused Sri Lankan war criminal Shavendra Silva saw off a contingent of soldiers heading for a UN peacekeeping mission to Mali this morning, despite the global body announcing last month it would ban all “non-essential” Sri Lankan troops.

The contingent of 243 Sri Lankan Army personnel of the Combat Convoy Company (CCC) is scheduled to depart to Mali later this month, according to an official military website. The first group of 43 soldeirs will leave on 12 November and the remainder of 200 personnel are set to depart on 13 November. 

The announcement comes despite the UN stating that in response to the appointment of Silva as head of the Sri Lanka’s military, they would not be calling on any further Sri Lankan troops to serve as peacekeepers.

Silva headed Sri Lanka's 58 Division, an army unit which has been accused of mass atrocities and violations of international law during the 2009 military offensive that saw the killing of tens of thousands of Tamils. The 58 Division has been accused of repeatedly bombing hospitals, widespread sexual violence, torture and the execution of surrendering Tamils. His appointment sparked international condemnation earlier this year.

 

Read more on Silva in our feature here: Shavendra Silva - ‘the most wanted man in Sri Lanka’

The United Nations has ben approached for comment.

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.