Canada PM to boycott Sri Lanka Commonwealth summit
BALI (AP) - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said he will skip a Commonwealth summit next month in Sri Lanka to protest that government's human rights record.
A statement posted on Mr Harper's website says Canada is worried about reports of political leaders and journalists being intimidated and jailed and the harassment of minorities along with alleged disappearances and killings.
Mr Harper was attending the 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit that ended on Tuesday on Indonesia's resort island of Bali.
"Canada is deeply concerned about the situation in Sri Lanka," the statement said. "The absence of accountability for the serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian standards during and after the civil war is unacceptable."