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#CHOGM2013: Sri Lanka, the Commonwealth and the Duplicity of the West

The biennial Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting seldom makes the news. This year’s meeting in sunny Sri Lanka has however, caused much uproar, particularly in certain segments of the media in Britain, Canada and Australia,with politicians and activists aghast that an organization dedicated to the “promotion of democracy and individual …

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Canadian PM to boycott Sri Lanka Commonwealth Summit

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper will boycott the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Sri Lanka in November, it was announced today. Mr Harper had been vocal in his opposition to the summit being held on the Island owing to his concerns about human rights violations in the country. In …

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Sunila Abeysekera: Sri Lanka’s Tireless Rights Campaigner

Hundreds of mourners have paid tribute to one of Sri Lanka's most renowned rights activists, Sunila Abeysekera, at her funeral near Colombo.

Ms Abeysekera, 61, who died of cancer on Monday, worked with both Sinhalese and Tamils during the long conflict that divided Sri Lanka.

She was a leading campaigner for the rights of women, workers and farmers.

During a four-decade career she received numerous international awards, and also faced death threats.

She was also one of the handful of people invited to address the United Nations Human Rights Council at its opening session in 2006.

Tributes have poured in from around the world on her death. Here, two campaigners from Human Rights Watch pay theirs.

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