Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma began his three day visit to Sri Lanka on Sunday (10th). He is expected to discuss will discuss matters regarding the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) which is scheduled to take place in Sri Lanka in November.
Certain organizations and countries have demanded that November Meeting should be shifted away from Sri Lanka unless its government makes prompt, measurable, and meaningful progress on human rights.
Britain’s Foreign Office said it was looking to Sri Lanka to demonstrate its commitment “to upholding the Commonwealth values of good governance and respect for human rights”. Meanwhile, Canada has renewed calls to boycott the summit in Colombo.
Canada has urged others in the 54-member grouping to stay away from the summit and has reported Sri Lanka to the Commonwealth over the alleged violation of the organization’s democratic values by ignoring two court rulings and sacking Chief Justice last month.