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A court challenge could invalidate Australia's strategy of pushing boats with asylum seekers back before they enter its waters.
Australia is under fire for assessing Sri Lankan refugee claimants at sea and sending them home to face charges of illegally leaving the country. The High Court has halted the latest expulsion.
Despite encouragement to boycott the summit, UK Prime Minister Cameron toured a former Tamil Tiger stronghold, trying to draw attention to 'chilling events' at the end of Sri Lanka's civil war.
India's Singh will be the second leader after Canadian Prime Minister Harper to boycott a Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka this week over the island nation's human rights record.
The execution of Sri Lankan maid Rizana Nafeek, accused of strangling a baby she was caring for, highlights the lack of legal protections for foreign domestic workers in Saudi Arabia.
The UN, in a 'scathing' self-critique released Wednesday, said that it failed to protect civilians in 2009, during the final months of the Sri Lankan government's battle with the Tamil Tigers.
The war in Sri Lanka is over, but the military still occupies Tamil areas with a heavy hand. Residents say they still live in fear of security forces, and in fear of speaking out.
A UN panel has found 'credible allegations' of war crimes committed by both sides as the long-running civil war drew to a close in May 2009.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has undertaken few reconciliation measures since defeating Tamil separatists. Current Sri Lanka floods provide a chance for him improve relations.
After Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa was met with protests during a private visit in Britain on Thursday, his supporters rallied today outside the British mission in Colombo.
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