to boycott, it surely cannot deny the fact that Canada is not alone in its concern regarding SriLanka’s Human Rights situation.Britain’s decision to attend CHOGM was not without controversy. The Queen was stronglyurged to boycott CHOGM to protest against the lack of progress in an investigation into themurder of a British citizen, Khuram Sheikh, in Sri Lanka on Christmas day in 2011. A UK parliamentary committee has accused the government of a timid and inconsistent policytowards Sri Lanka, where it says there are "continuing human rights abuses", stating that thegovernment should have made Sri Lanka's bid to host CHOGM conditional on improvementsin human rights. "The UK could and should have taken a more principled … and robust standin the light of the continuing serious human rights abuses in Sri Lanka," the MPs say in areport.All this, despite pretty strong words by the British government making it clear that its participation at CHOGM was not an endorsement of its host nation.British High Commissioner John Rankin clearly stated that Britain was"concerned about…respect for human rights, rule of law andindependence of the judiciary in Sri Lanka". Further he stated thatBritain’s Prime Minister will attend "because of the importance we attachto the Commonwealth, irrespective of the location of the CHOGM" andthat the spotlight on Sri Lanka during and after the summit will help pressure Sri Lanka to demonstrate that it was committed to the"Commonwealth values" of good governance. He also made it clear thatBritain intends to do its part in this process, announcing that "…theBritish government will come with a clear message that Sri Lanka needsto make concrete progress on human rights, reconciliation and a politicalsettlement," and that Prime Minister David Cameron will send a strongmessage to Colombo to improve its rights record and demonstrate acommitment to good governance.India too has grappled – indeed is still grappling - with the question of whether to attendCHOGM or not. Domestic pressure to protest against Sri Lanka’s abysmal Human Rightsrecord by boycotting CHOGM is intense. The most recent reports indicate that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is likely to skip the summit. Notably, concerns relating to Sri Lanka’s Human Rights record are not isolated to the hostingof CHOGM.Last month, United Nations Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay warned that Sri Lanka mustshow "clear progress" towards reining in rights abuses and investigating suspected war crimes by March 2014, or face an international probe. This comes following Sri Lanka’s inaction on 2resolutions relating to its Human Rights record in the United Nations Human Rights Council,one of which primarily sought that it implement the recommendations of its own LessonsLearnt and Reconciliation Commission, appointed by President Rajapaksa.