COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — An international human rights group has urged leaders of 54 countries belonging to the Commonwealth not to attend its heads of government meeting in Sri Lanka in November because the country has not held anyone responsible for alleged war crimes in the country's civil war.

Brad Adams, Asia director of the Human Rights Watch, says that Sri Lanka should be "shunned not rewarded" and asked even those countries deciding to attend the summit of former British colonies should send a low-level delegation as a public message of dissatisfaction.

Government spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella rejected the criticism, blasting Human Rights Watch as "totally biased."