Sri Lanka

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered at on 11 November 2013.

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Photo of Kerry McCarthy Kerry McCarthy Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the President of Sri Lanka on accreditation for UK journalists wishing to attend the upcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

Photo of Hugo Swire Hugo Swire The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

We have regularly raised the issue of media access to Sri Lanka and the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) with the Sri Lankan Government, and have said we expect full and unrestricted access for all media covering CHOGM. I raised this with the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister most recently on 5 November. Any abuses of human rights, media freedom and other acts which would go against the Commonwealth Charter in Sri Lanka in the coming days will be witnessed by the Commonwealth and the rest of the world. We continue to urge the Sri Lankan Government to give free and unfettered access to CHOGM to all who require it.

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