U.S. bans Sri Lankan army chief from entry, citing civil war abuses

U.S. bans Sri Lankan army chief from entry, citing civil war abuses

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States barred Sri Lanka’s army chief, Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, from entering the country over accusations of human rights violations including extrajudicial killings in 2009 during the country’s civil war, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday. "The allegations of gross human rights violations against Shavendra Silva, documented by the United Nations and other organizations, are serious and credible", Pompeo said in a statement. U.S. sanctions imposed on Friday by Washington bar both Silva and his immediate family members from entering the United States.

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