Do Not Attend the Commonwealth Summit in Sri Lanka
Dear Prime Minister,
You need to make a decision.
On March 21, the UN Human Rights Council once again condemned Sri Lanka's human rights record, this time in even more damning terms. - To turn this into meaningful action we need your help.
The Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) meets in less than a month. The Commonwealth Summit is in less than nine months. It is due to be held in a country that faces credible allegations of violating international humanitarian law for committing murder, torture, and rape. Under what is seen as an increasingly authoritarian regime, more human rights violations are reportedly underway. It will be against the core values of the Commonwealth to hold a big event such as the Commonwealth Summit in Sri Lanka without thorough independent and international scrutiny of the country and the allegations it faces. CMAG has a mandate to do this and must exercise its mandate this April. People are looking to you for leadership. Please confirm that you will follow the precedent set by the Canadian Prime Minister and announce that you personally will not attend the Commonwealth Summit and that you will push for the summit to be moved or postponed, and for CMAG to take tough action on Sri Lanka. If the Commonwealth Summit goes ahead in Sri Lanka without credible international investigations into the allegations faced by the country, it will render the recent Commonwealth Charter signed by the Queen and taxpayers money spent on Commonwealth reforms meaningless.
This petition supports the calls already made by:
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 Sheikh, Forum Asia, the Asian Legal Resource Centre, Civicus, the Commonwealth Journalists Association, the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project, Amnesty International, the Human Rights Law Centre (Australia), Human Rights Watch, the International Crisis Group, the International Federation for Human Rights, Minority Rights Group International, among others.
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