Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) has petitioned South African President Zuma against accepting Sri Lankan war criminal, Maj. Gen. Shavendra Silva as Sri Lanka Deputy High Commissioner to South Africa. Nicole Fritz, Director of SALC, has forwarded a report to President Zuma citing some of the unsubstantiated allegations made by UNSG Ban Ki moon’s Panel of Experts (PoE) and UK Channel 4 television. Meanwhile, the Foundation for Human Rights and several other South Africa based groups, including the Tamil Federation of Gauteng and South African Tamil Federation (SATF) had been involved in the campaign against Maj. Gen. Silva, currently Sri Lanka’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York. Maj. Gen. Silva, the former General Officer Commanding (GoC) the 58 Division, the division responsible for thousands of Tamil civilians, now holds ambassadorial rank. Sources said that the UK based Global Tamil Forum (GTF) with close links to those engaged in the latest campaign, too, was backing SALC effort. The GTF maintains working relationship with the ANC and the Sri Lanka Solidarity Group for Peace and Justice (SSGP&J). SALC has requested President Zuma to state South Africa’s decision on the soldier’s high diplomatic posting. The SALC has also sought a meeting with the Office of the Presidency or the Department of International Relations and Corporation (DIRCO) to discuss the issue.]]>

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