C’wealth urged to look Sri Lanka’s rights record

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Two human rights groups say a Commonwealth advisory group should prioritize the human rights situation in Sri Lanka, where the group is holding a heads of state meeting in November.

The Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group is scheduled to meet in New York on Friday.

Human Rights Watch said the group should make the Sri Lankan rights situation a priority. Amnesty International said the Commonwealth “has been shamefully silent so far about Sri Lanka’s human rights crisis.”

Sri Lanka has resisted calls by rights groups and other countries for an international investigation of abuses such as civilian deaths during its long civil war.

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