Mahinda Rajapaksa

Mahinda Rajapaksa

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa gestures as he answers a question during a media briefing a day ahead of Commonwealth Heads of Governments Meeting in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013. Sri Lanka denies any rights abuses were committed by its forces. It balks at demands for an independent investigation, with the country’s president defending Sri Lanka’s actions in comments to reporters Thursday. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)