Clevedon students petition David Cameron

David Cameron

David Cameron - Credit: Archant

MORE than 100 students at Clevedon School have contacted the Prime Minister regarding his visit to Sri Lanka for a Commonwealth conference.

Prior to the summit, which began on Friday morning, Mr Cameron faced calls for him to boycott the event in protest against alleged human rights abuses against the country’s Tamil minority during the end of the country’s civil war in 2009.

Despite this, he attended the event.

Among those against him going was Clevedon School sixth former Max Sargent who wrote a strong letter to him, signed by 168 of his fellow students.

In his letter he said: “There is a wide-felt feeling among this community – and the wider British public – that attendance of the summit is an acceptance of war crimes. “These international laws are in place to safeguard the treatment of humanity so that, if we were unfortunate enough, to be in a similar situation to the Sri Lankans we could find safe areas where we could live.

“Attendance undermines these laws and renders them useless if they will not be enforced.”