War criminal lands UN gig

A suspected war criminal who allegedly played a key role in the slaughter of 40,000 civilians in Sri Lanka has landed a cushy job at the United Nations — with full diplomatic immunity.

Human-rights groups are outraged that Shavendra Silva, 46, a top ex-military commander, was named Sri Lanka’s deputy permanent UN representative in August, after which he moved to New York.

His arrival came a year after his troops defied international pleas and shelled a no-fire zone packed with women, children and elderly refugees, according to observers.

Silva also stands accused of mowing down a group of separatist political leaders who agreed to surrender and were waving white flags when they were shot.

“It’s a slap in the face,” said an investigator familiar with Silva, who last year oversaw the final months of a brutal 26-year civil war against Tamil separatists on the island nation off India’s southeastern tip.

The war started in 1983 after the Tamils, a Hindu ethnic minority, were denied power by the ruling Sinhalese, Buddhists, and formed a violent resistance group, the Tamil Tigers.

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  • Totzke

    surprises me not – the un is the biggest waste of space, money and skin. Perhaps this guys can head up the investigation against AZ and the human-rights that are being horribly violated there… Maybe the sri lankan crack is much better than all the crack they’ve been smoking up to this point…. Is there any common sense left ANYWHERE??

  • oeno

    I always find it amusing when certain media complains about how ineffective the UN is in one article and then in the next complains about this sort of thing.

  • snappercat

    And we FUND this group.

  • Damon Beckett

    Now maybe Bush or Cheney can get a gig at the UN? sarcasm

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