Do not attend the Commonwealth Summit
  • Petitioned David Cameron

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David Cameron

Do not attend the Commonwealth Summit

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      Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice

The Human Rights Council has once again condemned Sri Lanka's human rights record, this time in even more damning terms. This is great news for everyone who cares about Sri Lanka - but to turn it into meaningful action we need your help.  

After the strong message the Human Rights Council has sent, the Commonwealth must take a stand and ensure that Sri Lanka is not rewarded by hosting the Commonwealth's grand summit this November - that will keep the pressure on Sri Lanka and ensure we finally get the independent international investigation Sri Lanka needs to end its cycle of murder, torture, and rape. But if the Commonwealth continues as usual then the Government of Sri Lanka will be able to use this to whitewash their crimes, and derail the process of reconciliation. The cycle of violence will continue.  

So we need our leaders to show leadership, and show the Commonwealth that it must not be business as usual. They can do this by following the Canadian Prime Minister's example and announcing that if the summit happens then they will not go. This is the most effective way we can put the pressure on the Commonwealth to act. We are going to ask this of every Commonwealth country, but we are starting with the UK.  

Desmond Tutu, Mary Robinson, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Geoffrey Robertson QC, the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee, the Royal Commonwealth society President Peter Kellner, Bloomberg, the Washington Post, the Guardian, prominent Caribbean diplomat Sir Ronald Saunders, David Milliband, Malcolm Rifkind, Ricken Patel (the founder of Avaaz), those campaigning for the murdered tourist Khurram SheikhAmnesty International, the International Commission of JurorsForum Asia, the Asian Legal Resource Centre, Civicus, the Commonwealth Journalists Association, the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project, the Human Rights Law Centre (Australia), Human Rights Watch, the International Crisis Group, the International Federation for Human Rights, Minority Rights Group International, the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative and a number of Sri Lankan NGOs have already said this summit is a bad idea.   

But it is your voice the politicians need to hear.

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    • Matt Smith WOLVERHAMPTON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 8 months ago

      blatant crimes, no investigation, no counter evidence, this cannot go on. We need answers.

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    • Grace Kearns LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 8 months ago

      By shaking the hand of Rajapaksa, David Cameron will be condoning the genocide of thousands of innocent Tamil civilians and turning a blind eye to the continuing human rights violations perpetrated by the Rajapaksa government.

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    • Thomas Preece WELLINGBOROUGH, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 11 months ago

      We shouldn't be hosting such an event in a country which is boasting tyrannical and evil regime. We need to host these summits in countries that promote good regimes and moral. Reward the good and punish the inexcusable.

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    • Chandralekha Jothivaithilingam LUTON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 1 year ago

      Oppression of the innocent people in any part of the world should be vehemently condemned and SriLanka conducted a state-organised massacre of Eelam Tamils in a completely unethical war.

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