Sri Lanka asks US to review travel ban on its army chief
Added 02-16-20 08:35:02am EST - “Sri Lanka asked the United States on Sunday to review its decision to impose a travel ban on the island nation's army chief, who has been accused of grave human rights abuses during the final stage of the country's civil war that…” - Washingtontimes.com
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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) - Sri Lanka asked the United States on Sunday to review its decision to impose a travel ban on the island nation’s army chief, who has been accused of grave human rights abuses during the final stage of the country’s civil war that ended 11 years ago.
Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena summoned U.S. Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz to the ministry and formally conveyed Sri Lanka’s strong objections to the travel ban, which he said “unnecessarily complicates the U.S.-Sri Lanka relationship.”
The U.S. government on Friday issued a travel ban on the army chief, Shavendra Silva, saying there is “credible information of his involvement” in human rights violations during the final phase of the war. The ban prohibits Silva and his family from traveling to the U.S.
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Sri Lanka has denounced the ban, and on Sunday, Gunawardena reiterated that “there were no substantiated or proven allegations of human rights violations against him (Silva),” according to a foreign ministry statement.
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