By Murray Burt, CJA Canada
The Commonwealth Security Council’s wilful avoidance of a punishing censure of Sri Lanka is an international disgrace. And at the very least, the planned Colombo gathering in November of the 54-nation Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) should be relocated to another member nation.
It’s a comfort Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper won’t attend in Colombo because of the egregious breaches of fundamental human rights of the conscience-shy regime of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Harper was the first, but has been slow drawing other Commonwealth political support. Also, it is little comfort that Commonwealth governance is too woozy to censure and act.