Sri Lankan president, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, has arrived in Scotland for the UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow, where he expected to be met by protests.
His arrival comes as Scottish Tamils are in the midst of a widespread publicity campaign calling for the President to be held accountable for numerous war crimes he is responsible for during his tenure as defence secretary.
A few days ago images of the Sri Lankan president were projected onto Scottish buildings, including the Scottish parliament, calling for justice for the Tamil genocide.
Rajapaksa is accompanied on his visit by Sri Lanka’s environment minister Mahinda Amaraweera and several other senior officials, including Foreign Secretary and fellow accused war criminal, Jayanath Colombage.
Rajapaksa is expected to speak at a side event titled "Rediscovering Nitrogen: Solutions and Synergies for Climate Change Health, Biodiversity and Circular Economy".
"Gotabaya Rajapaksa is a war criminal. He is reasonably accused of crimes against humanity in the case recently filed with the ICC prosecutor. He is responsible for acts that any reasonable person can recognize as genocide. Rajapaksa should not have a seat at this, or any table, except to face criminal justice" a Tamil activist told Tamil Guardian.