The British Parliament Foreign Affairs select committee is supporting calls for the British government to boycott the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka in November, a British opposition MP told to Colombo based The Sunday Leader.
The Foreign Affairs select committee consists of eleven Members of Parliament, drawn from the three largest political parties. It is appointed to monitor the policy, administration and expenditure of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and its associated public bodies.
Labour MP Simon Danczuk said that the British Government has not yet committed itself to attend the conference in Sri Lanka over human rights concerns in the country.
The government had been asked by a member of the House of Lords, in light of reports of abuses of human rights in Sri Lanka, if it is considering boycotting the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting due to take place in Sri Lanka. The government has been requested to comment on its participation at CHOGM, when it meets on Tuesday to the House of Lords.
Danczuk, who was in Sri Lanka last week to raise concerns over the lack of progress in the case over the murder of a British national in Tangalle in 2011, said that he will be meeting diplomats from several countries to discuss the particular case and feels it will influence foreign governments when deciding if they will attend the CHOGM conference or not.