Sri Lankan Army soldiers stand at attention near the Sri Lanka"s national flag as it is lowered as part of a daily ceremony at Galle Face Green, a promenade in Colombo on June 4, 2013
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Canada shuns Sri Lanka summit over human rights concerns

In November representatives of 54 countries will descend on Colombo for the next Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit but the meeting is proving very controversial.

It is four years since Sri Lanka's war against Tamil Tiger rebels came to an end but its human rights record remains in the spotlight.

Many campaigners say unless there is a full war crimes investigation Sri Lanka should not host the meeting.

Frances Harrison, author and former BBC correspondent in Sri Lanka, Hugh Segal, the Canadian government's envoy to the Commonwealth and Lal Wickrematunge from the Sunday Leader newspaper gave their views about the meeting.

  • 04 Jun 2013
  • From the section Asia
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