‘Why is British Queen to lunch with Sri Lanka President Rajapaksa, unapologetic overseer of atrocities and war crimes’, Ken Roth, Executive Director of Human Rights queried on his twitter feed on Friday, June 1.
On the same day in London, President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s scheduled visit to the British Monarch’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations and his planned speech at Mansion House drew protests at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London.
“The invitation of Mr Rajapaksa who is manipulating geopolitical rivalries at the UN to evade international law flies in the face of the Commonwealth’s claimed values of human rights and international law,” said Sasithar Maheswaran of Tamil Coordinating Committee-UK (TCC-UK), according to a pictorial by Amnesty International, London:
Photos by Photos by Shahin Shahablou, Amnesty-London.
More protests have been announced to be held at various locations in London during the week President Rajapaksa is scheduled to visit the UK, according to media reports.