There is much debate around the best manner in which to further the protection of human rights. Many say that countries have no right to interfere in each other's business, something that leaves the door open for the spread of abuse. In this instance, the case is simple: why is David Cameron publicly supporting Dubai's bid for the world fair...?
There will always be poor and oppressed people, struggling, seeking safe havens. To stop people from seeking legitimate asylum from persecution is to engage in it and perpetrate it. If you had to stand by and watch Jewish children loaded onto wagons for the concentration camps, what would you do? What could you do? I have no muscle and a small voice. But I'm raising it in anger and frustration.
For Rajapaksa and his government, it is obviously a privilege to be hosting CHOGM - a surprising choice, by any measure, given the country's dismal human rights track record, including disappearances, war crimes and what a UN report described as "a grave assault on the entire regime of international law". Rajapaksa wants to ensure that the Sri Lankan government comes out of this with reputation enhanced.
Whatever the magic formula, a holiday to Sri Lanka won't leave you wanting. For a bargainous all-inclusive package deal, my partner and I were rewarded with four-course fine dining, massages, champagne and limitless cocktails. Oh, and a free mini bar. I genuinely have no idea how our hotel made any profit.
A heavily worked phrase used by the tourist industry is to describe a particular destination as a "country of contrast". Sri Lanka is surely such a country - at one level a popular tourist destination... In contrast it also detains its citizens without trial, restricts freedom of expression, arrests members of the judiciary, stands accused of committing war crimes and routinely tortures.