A welcome (if overdue) ban on Sri Lanka’s peacekeeping contributions

Some good news: yesterday, a UN spokesperson confirmed to a reporter that Sri Lankan troops would – unless their presence was deemed vital to security – be banned from further deployments to UN peacekeeping missions. It means that as soon as next month, any Sri Lankan...

One of Sri Lanka’s most wanted, in one of Sri Lanka’s top jobs

Yesterday, President Sirisena appointed Major General Shavendra Silva to the position of Army Commander, one of the seniormost roles in the Sri Lankan security forces. Silva is an alleged war criminal, the case against whom runs into the hundreds of pages. In October...