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On Sri Lanka, UN Silent on Killings & Threats, Shavendra Silva Over Protest

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, April 11 -- After the UN Human Right Council voted for a probe of Sri Lanka, the government has threatened to prosecute those who cooperated, if they violate the Constitution. The killing has started again.

  On April 11, Inner City Press asked UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's spokesperson Stephane Dujarric about both, but he had no comment. He referred to previous Ban statements. Video here.

  Among Ban's previous statements was that having controversial Sri Lankan military figure Shavendra Silva as an adviser on UN Peacekeeping under Herve Ladsous was a decision entirely up to member states.

  Later on April 11, a protest by Amnesty youth chapters stood on Second Avenue in front of the building with Sri Lanka's Mission to the UN, chanting for the Trinco Five and for accountability more generally. Tweeted photo here. From the Mission's windows on the second floor, Shavendra Silva himself looked out - Inner City Press captured it on video, here.

  Later a representative of an Amnesty chapter in Massachusetts went into the mission and came out with the business card of Shavendra Silva, "he promised to look into it." Shavendra Silva knows a lot about the 2009 final stages of the conflict. But the UN seems to know less and less. Watch this site.


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