Mrs Jeyakumari and her daughter were well known activists who had been among the crowds which mobbed British prime minister David Cameron when he visited the former war zone in Jaffna in November last year. Three months later Mrs Jeyakumari sent me a video address in which she warned that she was being followed and harassed as a result of her campaign.
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.
The five things you need to know on Friday 15 November 2013... 1) WILL DAVE GET BLOOD ON HIS HANDS? The Times reports: "David
Despite the charm and coruscation of the games as a celebration of international talent (embodied in the epic performances of Jessica Ennis, Mo Farrah and Chris Hoy among so many others), there's a darker side to London 2012.
Hundreds of Tamil activists have gathered on Pall Mall in protest against the Sri Lankan president as he attends a lunch
Whether Sri Lanka's tortured past can be left to drift into an Orwellian memory hole or be held up to scrutiny is now up to the Human Rights Council: let us hope that each member will decide to vote according their conscience.