dismantle the unacceptable displacement camps whilst reiterating that thepeople had not been adequately resettled. Noting the considerable post-wareconomic development in the North-East, Smith made clear that theprogress was not to be attributed to the Sri Lankan government, butinstead to the resilience of the Tamil people. Smith described therestrictions placed on NGO work by the government and the High levels of militarisation in the North-East that lead to military involvement in everyday aspects of people’s lives. Smith condemned the Commonwealth’streatment of Sri Lanka, reminding the room the Rajapaksa would chairdiscussions on democracy and human rights until the next Heads of Government meeting.The panel presentations were followed by various questions from theaudience and general discussion between the audience and panellists.Contributing to discussion around the British government’s attendance of CHOGM, Dr Higgingbottom, reiterated that Cameron must pay a hugepolitical price if he attends.Alan Weinberg, highlighted parallels between Sri Lanka’s one nationrhetoric and Hitler’s racist campaigns.A question was posed to the panel that asked whether the use of the termminority when describing Tamils in Sri Lanka, was an inhibiting perceptionthat, in-fact, undermined the struggle against genocide. Responding to thequestion, Dr Smith conceded that this could be the case and that thecorrect terminology in such complicated situations was very important.Describing her experience of Sri Lankan officials, Margaret Owen, thedirector fo Widows for Peace through Democracy, linked the Sri Lankanrhetoric to the Weirnbergs comments, highlighting that officials worryinglyresponded to her demands for reconciliation with the Tamils, by stating, “There is no such thing as being Tamil, we are all Sri Lankan.” Several other representatives of movements against genocide also showedtheir support for the Tamil cause, urging the importance of highlighting theplight of people facing genocide.The discussions ended with the panel reiterating the need to change thenarrative of the situation in the North-East and acknowledge the genocidethat the Tamil people were subjected to.