Statement by the Commonwealth Secretary-General’s Spokesperson on Sri Lanka

[The Commonwealth Secretariat]

In response to queries received, the Spokesperson stated the following on 23 June 2011:

The Commonwealth membership is united in its longstanding commitment to human dignity, equality, human rights, and the rule of law – to which access to justice and an independent judiciary are fundamental. Commonwealth Heads of Government have as recently as November 2009 solemnly reiterated their commitment to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and also to the values of tolerance, respect and understanding.

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