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CHOGM 2015: UK Steps Up Reconciliation and Human Rights Support for Sri Lanka

( President Sirisena at Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Malta) The Prime Minister held talks with President Sirisena of Sri Lanka at the...

LLRC is to Be Fully Implemented

The Government is considering the full implementation of the recommendations of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma said. Former...

Presidential Contest Did Not Comply With All The Key Benchmarks For Democratic Elections – CW

Sri Lanka Presidential Election 2015 Interim Statement -  Commonwealth Observer Group Statement by: Dr Bharrat Jagdeo, Chair of the Commonwealth Observer Group The Commonwealth Observer Group...

Sri Lanka: Commonwealth Calls For A Level Playing Field & A Credible And Peaceful Election

Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma has reiterated that ''the people of Sri Lanka should be able to freely exercise their franchise, in an enabling environment marked...

Commonwealth Chief calls for reduction of army role in northern Sri Lanka and to address “legitimate concerns” of the Tamils

Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma has called for scaling down Sri Lankan Army’s role in the war—ravaged northern province to address the “legitimate concerns”...

Kamlesh Sharma, promises made to you, personally by the GoSL have been shamelessly, unrepentantly broken

Samaraweera: Sharma, act now''We recall that you promised Sri Lanka would put plans in place to change its legislative procedures to remove senior judges...

Mangala urges removal of Mahinda Rajapaksa as C’wealth Chair;Sharma is not a baby

Sharma is not a baby, says mangalaUnited National Party (UNP) parliamentarian Mangala Samaraweera said today the Hambantota incident was further evidence of the violation...

Sri Lanka: Commonwealth chair Rajapaksha party rejects Latimar House principles of the Commonwealth

‘Latimar House principles a necessity, beneficial to LankaUNP MP Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe yesterday claimed that some UPFA ministers didn’t know what was good for the...

The Commonwealth Summit: the aftermath

Photo: Earanga Jayawardena/APThe Sri Lanka Campaign The Commonwealth Summit has now ended. It was broadly...

Supreme Court rejects Commonwealth assistance in ousted CJ case

Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake.Impeachment of Chief Justice:SC denies foreign lawyers, HR group permission to appear The Supreme Court yesterday refused applications by the Commonwealth Bar...

The Commonwealth in troubling times and the controversy surrounding Sri Lanka

Sir Ronald Sanders KCMG AM is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies and a former Caribbean diplomat

Seven things Sri Lanka is doing for CHOGM

Pprotests banned in Sri Lanka With the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) just around the corner, Sri Lanka in general, and Colombo in...

Britain cuts funding for the Commonwealth

As the organisation faces criticism over its forthcoming Sri Lanka summit, major donors are pulling funds due to concerns over its direction...

Commonwealth chief is stooge of Sri Lanka regime – Canadian envoy

Hugh Segal accuses Kamalesh Sharma of defending regime accused of human rights abuses, intensifying row over summitRobert Booth, and Jason Burke in Delhi /The...

GoSL has failed to uphold the Commonwealth’s core values; I will not attend the 2013 CHOGM – Canadian PM

Harper: GoSL failed to uphold  Commonwealth’s core valuesPrime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement:“When Sri Lanka was selected to host the 2013...

The Commonwealth Summit in Colombo should not be boycotted; all should go there and read the riot act to Rajapakse

The war in Sri Lanka is not over by Shivam VijShivam VijIt would not be an exaggeration to say that the recent Northern Provincial...

Commonwealth giving Sri Lanka carte blanche for human rights abuses – AI

Sri Lanka’s disturbing human rights record means it should be barred from hosting a key Commonwealth summit in November or chairing the...

Sri Lanka: Commonwealth’s secretariat cover ups report on Independence of Judiciary

Shirani Bandaranayake has denied all corruption charges ''THE Commonwealth’s secretariat has been accused of covering up a damning report that described the impeachment of...

Canada attacks ‘evil’ of Sri Lanka hosting Commonwealth summit

Canadian foreign minister criticises Sri Lanka's 'appalling' record, authoritarianism and failure to tackle rights abusesJohn Baird, Canada's foreign minister, said he was stunned that...

Busting the common wealth of the people – Editorial,, Daily Mirror .

While millions of people in Sri Lanka are struggling for survival and the cost of living keeps on soaring, the Government is to spend...

CPA delegation disappointed that President Rajapaksa nor Defence Secretary, Rajapaksa, could not meet them

A six-member Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) delegation representing the UK Parliament visited Sri Lanka last week, on the invitation of the Sri Lankan Government....

CPJ voice concerns on press accreditation for CHOGM

The Committee to Protect Journalists has voiced concerns about press accreditation procedures for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting that will be held in...

CHOGM: To have any credibility the Commonwealth People’s Forum need to be managed by civil society

Commonwealth people’s forum can enhance government’s credibilityJehan PereraThe significance of international pressure in directing the government along the path of good governance can be...

CHOGM – 2013 in Sri Lanka: Where are the core values of the Commonwealth Charter?

Samaraveera (UNP) challenges Sharma H.E. Kamalesh Sharma, Secretary-General, The Commonwealth,  Your Excellency,I am writing to you with reference to a news item published in...

Sri Lanka cannot unilaterally cancel the Indo – Lanka agreement and 13 A – India

The conduct of NPC polls figured somewhat prominently when Economic Development Minister, Basil Rajapaksa held talks with Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid in...

CHOGM in undemocratic SL is Commonwealth approval of its dictatorship, says Mangala Samaraweera of UNP

Holding the Commonwealth summit in Colombo, without proven commitment from the Sri Lankan Government to the values and principles of democracy, would grant the...

Opposition UNP warns that they will complain to UN HRC if investigation failed

Funeral of two fishermen killed Attempted assault on Ranil, attack on UNP councillors under investigation Two separate investigations are under way over the attempted...

CHOGM: the position of UK explained

With the official announcement that Prime Minister David Cameron and Foreign Secretary William Hague will attend the CHOGM in Colombo, the British Government has...

Kamalesh Sharma promises to obtain Sri Lanka HRC A status!

Commonwealth Secy-Gen meets Sri Lanka's HRC delegation "The goal of the Commonwealth's partnership with the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka is to support...
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