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UK urged not to invite SL to WWI event

The British government has been urged to bar Sri Lanka from attending a Commonwealth event due to be held in Glasgow, after the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Campaigners have called upon the UK not to invite Sri Lanka to the World War I memorial event, with Mark Bevan, programme director of Amnesty International Scotland, saying,

"We would urge the UK Government to consider whether it is appropriate to invite Sri Lanka to this event in light of the level of recorded human rights abuses. It's somewhat ironic that there will be a Commonwealth-related event focusing on the human cost of conflict when Sri Lanka will probably be chairing the Commonwealth".

"Despite the conflict there ending four years ago, Sri Lankans are still paying the price. Tens of thousands of people are believed killed by government forces and the Tamil Tigers, yet few if any perpetrators of alleged abuses have been brought to justice."

See the report from Herald Scotland here.

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